Injuries continue to mount for the Pittsburgh Steelers, as there were four new names added to the list following their Friday Night Lights practice session. While most of the injuries suffered so far seem relatively minor, the news that linebacker Bud Dupree has been placed in the concussion protocol might be the most notable of any in the last few days.
When addressing the media at the end of practice, Mike Tomlin highlighted injuries to four more players in his daily roundup.
“Few bumps and bruises along the way not anything of any significance. Held Heyward-Bey out there with a little bit of back or neck discomfort. Bud Dupree is in the protocol, we’ll see where that goes. Okorafor had a minor shoulder, Sensabaugh a minor back. Day-to-day like things. If it changes, I’ll let you know.”
By all accounts, Dupree was winning most of his matches in drills before being forced from the field early. Anthony Chickillo and Keion Adams should see increased reps at practice until Dupree is cleared to return to action.
While Tomlin had no new information to pass along regarding injuries to Antonio Brown, T.J. Watt, Vance McDonald and Marcus Tucker, who sat out practice once again, it was encouraging to see players like Morgan Burnett, Artie Burns and Sean Davis as full participants, having missed the past few days’ practices. Alejandro Villanueva was also able to rejoin his teammates on the field at Memorial Stadium.
But injury wasn’t the only reason why some veteran names were out of uniform on Friday night. Ben Roethlisberger, Maurkice Pouncey and Cameron Heyward were given the evening off.