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Steelers safety Sean Davis’ absence from practice has been precautionary due to an open wound

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The Pittsburgh Steelers haven’t had their starting safety much this preseason, and it has been solely out of precaution.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers haven’t had their starting safety tandem on the field much this preseason due to Sean Davis being held out of practice due what was originally labeled as a finger dislocation.

This isn’t to suggest Davis’ finger wasn’t dislocated, but during Mike Tomlin’s press conference leading up to the Week 1 Preseason game vs. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tomlin acknowledged how Davis being left off the practice field was a precaution due to an open wound on his hand.

This per Missi Matthews of Steelers.com:

This should calm a small group of Steelers Nation who felt Davis should have been on the field, and it will be a huge detriment to the team not having Davis on the field. While the defense will likely be better with Davis and Edmunds getting as much time together as they can this preseason, it also doesn’t mean Davis was sitting out because he was nursing the injury.

Tomlin didn’t rule out Davis for the preseason game, but Davis told KDKA’s Richie Walsh he isn’t going to play.

The first step for Davis is to get back on the practice field, not necessarily worry about playing in a meaningless Week 1 preseason game.

Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black-and-gold as they prepare for the Buccaneers to invade Heinz Field this Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET.