Jaylen Warren has been absent with a hamstring injury, but is the Pittsburgh Steelers running back close to making a return to the field?
Pittsburgh Steelers fans found a true underdog story to root for this year. Nobody gave undrafted rookie running back, Jaylen Warren, much of a shot to make the team prior to training camp, but he quickly impressed after displaying an intriguing blend of burst and contract during the preseason.
Warren quickly became an asset for the Steelers and provided a spark off the bench in Pittsburgh’s backfield. After avering an impressive 5.0 yards per carry on the preseason, the rookie suffered a hamstring injury early in Week 11 against the Cincinnati Bengals. He was quickly ruled out for the remainder of the game.
Last week as the Steelers prepared for the Colts, Warren was unable to log any participation in practice leading up to the game and was officially ruled out. Now fans are anxious to see his status in a must-win game against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 13.
Latest Injury Update for Jaylen Warren
After logging just 3 offensive snaps since Week 10 due to the hamstring injury, it appears that Jaylen Warren has nursed back to health and is set to make his return against the Falcons this week. According to the official Steelers injury report, Warren was a full participant in practice on Wednesday.
Beat reporter Chris Halicke of DK Pittsburgh Sports spoke with Warren who said he has been cleared to play this Sunday. Here are some shots of him in action early this week:
This is obviously a good sign, as Warren has been the most efficient runner on the team leading up to last week’s game. What’s interesting is that a combination Benny Snell and Anthony McFarland filled in admirably — even after Najee Harris went down with an abdominal injury last week.
So far, everything looks very encouraging about Warren’s chances of suiting up and resuming his role this weekend. Now the question becomes how do the Steelers split carries this Sunday with Najee banged up?