It might just be minicamp, but sometimes injuries which happen early in the preseason, or in the offseason, can linger. Fans might remember Mike Mitchell’s groin injury, suffered in the early stages of training camp his first year with the Steelers, lasted the entire season and eventually needed surgically repaired. The same story could be told regarding Bud Dupree’s groin, which required sports hernia surgery after it never improved during training camp, nor with adequate rest.
These soft-tissue injuries can linger, and it shouldn’t surprise anyone the Steelers are being extra cautious with these type of injuries as the team wraps up minicamp Thursday. While the team doesn’t have to report any injuries, players will often explain when they weren’t participating in drills due to injury.
Whether they report the exact nature of the injury depends on the team and player. With that said, it's time to check on the walking wounded for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Safety Morgan Burnett confirmed he didn't take part in the first day of minicamp Tuesday because of injury. The veteran offseason acquisition downplayed the significance of the undisclosed injury, though, saying he “was fine.”
Outside linebacker Bud Dupree said he took reps in 7-on-7 drills Tuesday but that he had aggravated a shoulder injury last week during organized team activities.
Smith-Schuster, 21, the NFL’s youngest player to record 1,000 total yards in a season, is limited in Pittsburgh Steelers minicamp with what he calls a “frustrating” knee injury.
Smith-Schuster won’t disclose the nature of the injury but plans to be a full participant for training camp, which opens July 26. The Steelers have sidelined Smith-Schuster for all 11-man work in organized team activities and minicamp.
”Just something that’s been bothering me over time,” said Smith-Schuster of the injury. “Kind of just adds up and lets me know, ‘Yo, I need to get it checked out.’ We got it checked out.”
Those are some pretty significant names to be listed on the team’s pseudo injury report, but the hope is them being held out of workouts are purely precautionary.
Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes coming out of minicamp!