As Pittsburgh Steelers training camp continued Monday, so did the injuries. It’s something teams have to deal with throughout every season, and the black and gold have already dealt with several throughout camp. These players remained out of practice on Monday due to various injuries:
- Derek Watt
- Alex Highsmith
- Montravius Adams
- Calvin Austin III
- Anthony Miller
- Marcus Allen
- Benny Snell Jr.
None of the above injuries seem to be significant, but time will tell. The wide receiver and linebacker groups and their depth have been put to the test, as they’ve dealt with the most injuries. While a few were able to return, Anthony Miller and Calvin Austin III sat out of practice after their impressive starts to training camp.
As for guys that got injured in action on Monday, Kendrick Green suffered a left arm injury during practice. He headed to the locker room in frustration, but was ultimately able to return. The injury though continued a difficult past few days for the sophomore lineman, as he struggled mightily in Saturday’s preseason opener. While him returning to practice is a positive indicator of the severity of his injury, head coach Mike Tomlin didn’t mention anything about it. That could be a good thing and mean the initial injury was just a stringer.
Miles Boykin suffered a rib injury, adding to the injuries in the WR room. Tyler Vaughns has been able to take advantage of those added reps in the last week or so. Additionally, safety Karl Joseph suffered a foot injury. Tomlin considers Boykin’s injury to be minor, where as Joseph’s may be a bit more severe according to Shelby Cassesse.
Injuries from Tomlin:
Miles Boykin (Rib), day to day
Karl Joseph (Foot), “could be described as more than day to day.”
He did not mention Kendrick Green who left practice and then returned.
— Shelby Cassesse (@ShelbyCassesse) August 15, 2022
Steelers stars return to practice
As for the positive side of things, the Steelers got back multiple star players. Najee Harris returned after suffering a minor foot injury a few weeks ago. Chase Claypool, Diontae Johnson, and Pat Freiermuth were all full participants at practice in addition to Harris. As a result, the first-team offense and specifically the skill position group looked back to normal on Monday.
With just a few weeks to go before the regular season, that’s a much-needed positive sign. Now, the first-team offense will work on continuing to build chemistry with the season’s likely starter at QB, Mitch Trubisky. For that reason, they could perhaps see some time in Saturday’s second preseason game.
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