The Pittsburgh Steelers have been fortunate in that they have not had many major injuries, but the number of injuries has been plentiful in this training camp.
Landry Jones has been dealing with an abdominal strain, and that will likely hold him out of game two of the preseason. Jones has been limited in practice and thus will give Josh Dobbs the starting nod again for week two. Ben Roethlisberger is being held out for precautionary reasons.
James Conner was injured in Friday’s practice again, and that is not a good sign for him. The Steelers need him to get reps and hopefully win the #2 job behind Le’Veon Bell.
There was a scare this week when Juju Smith-Schuster went down. It ended up being a bone bruise, and that is good news. Smith-Schuster also had a concussion last game against the Giants. This is not good for his development to be hurt, but it could be a lot worse.
Demarcus Ayers is also injured and is making his way back. It will be interesting to see if he makes it back for this game. I think he is going to the practice squad again.
B.J. Finney was carted off the field this week, but it was due to dehydration. I think he should be able to go this week. The Steelers are going to need him as an interior lineman going forward.
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Maurkice Pouncey has been injured a lot of training camp and being a perennial Pro Bowl Center, it would be wise to rest him as much as they can. No need to play him this game.
Keion Adams has been dealing with a shoulder injury, and it sounds serious enough that he won’t play this week. I think his chances of making the 53 have diminished especially with the good play of Arthur Moats in the first game. My hope for him is that he can get healthy enough to develop a year on the practice squad at this point.
Ryan Shazier has had a bad hamstring injury, and it doesn’t look like he will be back anytime soon. At this point, I just want him to be healthy for Week One versus the Browns.
Cameron Sutton has been injured for most of Training Camp, and that is too bad because the Steelers would like to develop their third-round pick. He has a lower body injury, and the hope is that he can get some snaps in the third and fourth preseason game and maybe be a contributor as the season goes on.
Senquez Golson has yet to play in a preseason game in his NFL career, and this hamstring injury is just another setback. I think the Steelers are fed up with the injuries, but I have a feeling another team will give him a shot.
Mike Mitchell has been out for the majority of training camp. Mitchell is a tough player and often plays hurt. He has been a real asset to the Steelers secondary, and the hope is that he will be healthy this season. Injuries have not necessarily kept him out of games, but have hampered his production.