When the Steelers take the field on Sunday night against the New England Patriots, they have the chance to begin the 2019 season with almost all of their projected starting team completely in tact. In the first injury report of the week courtesy of the Steelers PR department, Sean Davis is the only player listed.
While starting the week unable to participate is not a good sign for Davis, he still has two more practices to work his way back before Sunday night’s game. In the event Davis is unable to take the field against the New England Patriots on Sunday Night Football, the Steelers have more than one option to fill the void of Davis’ absence.
Kameron Kelly says he and Mike Hilton rotated in at first-team safety today.— Jacob Klinger (@Jacob_Klinger_) September 4, 2019
For Kam Kelly, it will be his first NFL game Sunday night after playing in the AAF this past spring. Kelly looked impressive throughout the preseason, drawing praise from head coach Mike Tomlin in his press conference on Tuesday.
Coach Tomlin remains non-committal on Sean Davis return from injury for Sunday. Says he likes what he's seen from Kameron Kelly.— Chase Williams WPXI (@chasepwilliams) September 3, 2019
On the Steelers depth chart released earlier this week, Mike Hilton was listed as the Steelers nickle corner with Cameron Sutton as the back up. If the Steelers decide to go with the more game-experienced Hilton instead of Kam Kelly, Sutton would look to slide into the nickle cornerback position. Regardless of who would get the start at safety, both Hilton and Kelly look to see plenty of action in the Steelers various sub-packages.
While Davis was the only player listed on the Steelers injury report, there were a number of players who were coming back from injury who were not limited in practice Wednesday. Anthony Chickillo was battling a chest injury towards the end of the preseason but appears to be recovered. Yet another pleasant surprise was the return of fellow OLB Olasunkanmi Adeniyi who is only three weeks removed from knee surgery but was able to be a full participant in practice. Yet another OLB on the mend, Bud Dupree stated last week his thumb injury will not keep him from playing on Sunday.
Another good sign for the Steelers was the absence of Joe Haden and Justin Layne from the injury report. While many believed Haden could have been available earlier if it were a regular-season situation, it’s relieving to see he was a full participant. If Haden had been unavailable on Sunday, Layne would have most likely been active on game day in a reserve role. With all cornerbacks healthy at this point, Layne is in line to be a game-day inactive on Sunday.
As for the Patriots’ injury report, three players we limited in practice according to Patriots.com.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (0-0)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
No Players Listed.
TE Matt LaCosse, Ankle
S Obi Melifonwu, Ankle
Demaryius Thomas, Hamstring
No Players Listed.