The Pittsburgh Steelers are a week into their training camp, and the injury bug is starting to spread. The most notable injury would be to second year wide receiver Martavis Bryant, who is going to undergo surgery on his elbow.
Steelers WR Martavis Bryant to undergo minor procedure for elbow infection, per source. Expected to be out 10 days, likely to miss HOF game.— Ross Jones (@RossJonesFOX) August 1, 2015
Bryant's elbow injury is not a major injury, but a 10-day waiting period is hopefully the minimum with Bryant as anyone who knows anything about infections knows just how serious they can be. Per Ross Jones, the surgery is minor, and with Bryant expected to miss 10 days, it most likely will result in him missing the team's first preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings next Sunday.
Bryant wasn't the only player who was injured Saturday at practice. OLB Jarvis Jones suffered a biceps injury, ILB Ryan Shazier had a lower back injury, S Shamarko Thomas and RB Josh Harris suffered shoulder injuries and rookie RB Ross Scheuerman injured his Achilles tendon. Scheuerman's injury looked to be the most significant as he had to be carted off the field. Of these recent injuries, Mike Tomlin said, "I don't want to characterize these injuries as significant. I don't know that they are; I don't know that they aren't."
Saturday saw the 'sweatpant squad' (the players who were given the day off by Mike Tomlin) grow as the following players didn't dress for practice. OLB James Harrison, S Will Allen, TE Matt Speath, RB DeAngelo Williams (he was icing his shoulder), WR Markus Wheaton, DT Steve McClendon and S Mike Mitchell.
Most of these injuries can be chalked up to getting acclimated to the physicality of training camp and full-speed contact football again, but as Tomlin said, some injuries could linger longer than others. With the Steelers set to start their preseason in exactly one week, it will be a critical work week for many players trying to find their footing among their teammates for their spot on the team's 53-man roster.