The Pittsburgh Steelers will break camp on August 15th and, with only three days of practice remaining, it looks increasingly unlikely the team will see all of their injured players return to action before training camp ends.
Several notable names were unable to practice on Sunday, with T.J. Watt (hamstring), Vance McDonald (foot), Sean Davis (groin), Xavier Grimble (thumb) and Marcus Allen (unknown) all reportedly sitting out the day.
Among those not practicing are safeties Sean Davis (groin) and Marcus Allen who did not finish practice Saturday— Joe Rutter (@tribjoerutter) August 12, 2018
Watt and McDonald were last seen on the field on July 29 and both have missed every day of practice since. While onlookers seem to believe Watt is making progress in his recovery, very little has been heard about the condition of McDonald for sometime. Given his injury history and consistently limited availability, it would be fair to question how much value he offers the Steelers if he is perpetually sidelined.
T.J. Watt peels off away from pack after stretch and agility drills. Looks like he will be with conditioning coordinator Garret Giemont for another day.— Joe Rutter (@tribjoerutter) August 12, 2018
Not all the injury news was bad, however, with both Maurkice Pouncey and Marcus Gilbert back at work. B.J. Finney was also able to return in a partial capacity.
Pouncey and Gilbert are back at practice for the Steelers— Joe Rutter (@tribjoerutter) August 12, 2018
B.J. Finney is back practicing just three days after sustaining a quad contusion.— Joe Rutter (@tribjoerutter) August 12, 2018
New injury concerns at camp centered around Stevan Ridley and James Conner, with both running backs seen dealing with potential issues on Sunday.
James Conner pulled from practice after irritating a groin muscle.— James C Wexell (@jimwexell) August 12, 2018
As usual, Mike Tomlin had little to share about the status of McDonald or any of the other players missing the day with injuries when he addressed the media at the end of practice.