Leading up to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Week 1 preseason game on Friday night, the hot news item was the weird and mysterious injury to cornerback Joe Haden. Wedensday’s practice saw team reporter Missi Matthews report Haden was carted off the practice field. What happened was Haden walked off the field and was taken in a cart up the hill to the dorms for further examination.
Later that day the Steelers stated they wouldn’t address Haden’s injury until after the game, but did label the injury as minor.
The game came and went, and after the passing of wide receivers coach Darryl Drake Sunday, Haden’s minor injury was forced onto the back burner. Tuesday, as Mike Tomlin addressed the media prior to the team’s Week 2 preseason game vs. the Kansas City Chiefs he was asked about Haden’s injury. Tomlin described Haden’s injury as an ankle contusion, and didn’t make it sound like a long-term injury. However, Tomlin did say Haden, and a few other Steelers could miss some time in practice this week.
This from Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Joe Haden has an ankle contusion. He does not expect him to practice today. Also no Pouncey or DeCastro today. But other injured players are expected to work their way back in some capacity this afternoon when the Steelers practice.— Ray Fittipaldo (@rayfitt1) August 13, 2019
The other players mentioned from the press conference were Maurkice Pouncey and David DeCastro, who were both listed as day-to-day. Christian Scotland-Williamson continues to deal with a ‘soft tissue’ injury, which was labeled as a hamstring injury post-game Friday night, which might limit his participation this week.
It might seem difficult to move on to football after the passing of a coach, but Tomlin reiterated the need to handle things in a professional manner and remember the NFL world keeps spinning no matter what.
To see Tomlin’s full press conference, check the video below: