The Pittsburgh Steelers can't get the injury bug out of training camp, and the most recent victim was safety and special teams captain Robert Golden. During the team's two-minute drill at the end of Wednesday's training camp practice, Golden collided with another player and went down grasping his knee. Mike Tomlin stated the injury could be "significant" after practice, but also mentioned he will be evaluated.
As it turns out, it has been reported Thursday Golden's injury is not enough to put him on injured reserve and he shouldn't miss the season due to surgery, per Jim Wexell of SteelCityInsider.
#Steelers safety Robert Golden is wearing a protective sleeve on his right knee/calf and limping slightly. ACL's OK, will not miss season.— James C Wexell (@jimwexell) August 6, 2015
Regardless, it now puts the Steelers in a bind at he safety position heading into the Hall of Fame Game this Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. Starting safety Mike Mitchell is dealing with a hamstring injury, Shamarko Thomas has a shoulder injury, Ross Ventrone injured his ankle early in training camp and now Golden's injury have nearly depleted the safety position.
The only remaining players at the safety position who are deemed healthy are Will Allen, Gerod Holliman, Ian Wild and Isaiah Lewis.
Golden signed a restricted free agent one-year tender before the season, and would be a free agent after the 2015 season.
The Steelers saw backup interior offensive lineman Chris Hubbard go down Wednesday as well, but Hubbard's injury was told to be more of a training camp style injury, per Tomlin. Hubbard found himself as the backup at guard along with Cody Wallace in the first depth chart released earlier this week.
Rookie OLB Bud Dupree had to leave the practice field Wednesday with a dislocated finger. The training staff was able to pop the finger back into place and Dupree was able to continue practice.
Both Jarvis Jones (biceps) and Ryan Shazier (lower back) participated in practice, but were held out of most game-like or team drills. With this being an extended training camp there is no rush when it comes to dealing with injuries to players who have solidified their spot on the team already.