The Pittsburgh Steelers padded up for the first time this offseason, and the results were not exactly what everyone was hoping for.
While there were plenty of impressive moments for the Steelers after putting on pads, the list of injuries definitely hurts day three. With big names like Senquez Golson and James Conner going down, that Tuesday day off is looking more and more promising for the players.
Like always, Mike Tomlin got everyone going with some physicality early, putting players through “Backs on Backers,” a linebacker vs. running back/tight end drill. While James Conner and T.J. Watt impressed, there were some players who didn’t seem to ready to hit in this one.
The Steelers head into day four before getting a scheduled day off Tuesday. Note that even though Ben Roethlisberger didn’t practice Sunday, it was an excused absence by Tomlin.
James Conner (shoulder)
Senquez Golson (hamstring)
Mike Mitchell (soft tissue)
Vince Williams (soft tissue)
Scott Orndoff (soft tissue)
Keion Adams (hydration/heat)
Xavier Grimble (hydration/heat)
Although none of these injuries look long-term or season threatening, it doesn’t look good to have a list this long on day one of pads. On top of that, with names of starters and potential starters filling most of the list, day two of pads may be missing a lot of key elements.
Senquez Golson may be the most disappointing name on this list. After missing the last two seasons with injuries, the team was hoping he could avoid missing time this year. Now, it’s likely he’s on the verge of missing the 53-man roster, and his time in Pittsburgh could be coming to and end.
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