Wednesday it was reported the Pittsburgh Steelers may have lost tackle Jerald Hawkins for the season after he left practice with an apparent knee injury. After further evaluation, sources tell ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler Hawkins didn’t injure his knee, but tore his quadriceps muscle in his leg.
Steelers OT Jerald Hawkins suffered a torn quad in Wednesday’s team workout, per source. Backup left tackle is an Injured Reserve candidate. Was a big offseason for him.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) May 30, 2018
While some may view a torn quadriceps as better than a knee ligament, both injuries could very well end the season before it even begins for Hawkins.
Sadly, Hawkins wasn’t alone with the injury news. Tight End Jake McGee also left practice with what was reported as a torn Achilles tendon in his lower leg.
Steelers TE Jake McGee suffered what’s believed to be a torn Achilles today, sources say. McGee was on Pittsburgh’s practice squad last year but there was talk he could make the roster this year. Tough one for him today.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) May 30, 2018
McGee would later take to his official Twitter account to verify the news of his injured leg.
definitely sucks but i will always stay positive in the negative times. i appreciate the words from everyone that has reached out. https://t.co/h4sPz0aIaa— Jake McGee (@JakeOvaTheWorld) May 30, 2018
Both players had a promising season in front of them, but there is a strong chance both players end up on the Injured Reserve list sooner than later.
With every injury there is someone who benefits from the injury. In the instance of Hawkins’ injury, it would be Matt Feiler and Chukwuma Okorafor who will likely step up and try to fill the role left by Chris Hubbard as the backup swing tackle.
As for tight end, Xavier Grimble’s spot on the roster seems very secure now behind Vance McDonald and Jesse James.
Yeah, it was that kind of day at Steelers Organized Team Activities (OTAs). Nonetheless, check out a video from the workout which ended on a horrible note.