The Pittsburgh Steelers returned to practice at the UPMC Sports Complex on Monday in preparation for the match up against the New England Patriots on Sunday Night Football. Since it was an additional practice due to their last game being this past Thursday, there was no injury report as teams are only required to give them four days before their next game. While nothing was official from the team, there were reports as to the status of a couple of players.
Kameron Kelly conformed he got 1st-team reps at free safety Monday because Sean Davis still is dealing with injury.— Chris Adamski (@C_AdamskiTrib) September 2, 2019
While it was reported that Davis did not practice with the first team defense, it is unclear if he was able to participate in any capacity. While it is concerning in regards to this week’s game, it could have been simply a precautionary move since it was an additional practice. When the fist injury report is released on Wednesday, Davis’ participation will be possibly the most anticipated news in regards to injury when it comes t the Steelers.
In his place Kam Kelly received work with the first-team defense in his place. This Sunday will be Kelly’s first regular season game, so forcing him into a starting role against Tom Brady and the Super Bowl Champion Patriots would be a cause for concern among Steelers’ fans.
Ola Adeniyi said he practiced Monday, a good sign for the OLB who had surgery to repair a meniscus tear a few weeks ago.— Joe Rutter (@tribjoerutter) September 2, 2019
Since undergoing surgery on a torn meniscus on August 16th, Ola Adeniyi has been a topic of conversation as to his availability for the Steelers for the start of the 2019 regular season. The reported timeline was two to four weeks until Ola could possibly return, but the Steelers refused to comment on his injury situation since they were not required by the NFL.
It is unclear how much Adeniyi participated in practice on Monday. Regardless, getting back on the field 18 days after surgery is a positive sign that he will be available for the Steelers early in the 2019 campaign.
While there is a good chance other players may have been inhibited in practice on Monday, there have yet to be additional reports at this time. The first injury report will follow the Steeler’s practice Wednesday afternoon where more information must be made available per NFL rules. Additionally, Mike Tomlin will hold his weekly press conference Tuesday at 12 PM and could possibly address any injury updates.