The Pittsburgh Steelers, and their fans, avoided a scare Wednesday at training camp when Joe Haden limped off the playing field to be carted up the hill to be further evaluated.
But this is what fans saw from Missi Matthews on Twitter:
Not a good sight: Joe Haden is being carted off the practice field.— Missi Matthews (@missi_matthews) August 7, 2019
When you see a main player like Haden’s name and “carted off the practice field”, you immediately fear the worst. Throw in Haden’s unfortunate injury history and it only increased the stress level of the black-and-gold faithful.
Time passed, and few details were released on Haden’s status, but ESPN’s Adam Schefter chimed in with news of the injury being considered a “minor ankle” injury.
Steelers’ CB Joe Haden, who was carted off the practice field today, suffered what is being described as “a minor ankle” injury, per source. Looks like major injury averted.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 7, 2019
If an injury like this is going to happen, before the team has even played a preseason game would be the time for it to happen. Why? Because it might take the injury a week or so to fully heal, and a player like Haden likely won’t be seeing the exhibition field much until Weeks 2 or 3 of the preseason.
The Steelers have remained a relatively healthy team throughout the preseason, and an injury to a vital player like Haden would certainly dampen the growing excitement surrounding the team heading into the 2019 season.
According to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Haden had his foot stepped on during a team drill, and the injury isn’t considered serious.
CB Joe Haden had his foot stepped on and left practice field— Gerry Dulac (@gerrydulac) August 7, 2019
Haden’s injury is not serious, per several team sources— Gerry Dulac (@gerrydulac) August 7, 2019
Per the Steelers, Haden is being evaluated and nothing will be addressed till after the game Friday.
Steelers statement on injury: He is being evaluated and it will be addressed after the game.— Ray Fittipaldo (@rayfitt1) August 7, 2019