The Pittsburgh Steelers had been given a scare on Tuesday when two young players on the roster were injured in practice. Rookie guard Kevin Dotson and newly signed tight end Dax Raymond both left practice with lower body injuries.
Of the two, it was felt Dotson’s knee injury most thought was more serious, but after Wednesday’s practice head coach Mike Tomlin said both Dotson’s knee and Raymond’s ankle injury appear to be short-term injuries.
Both of these players are in desperate need for as much exposure as possible. Dotson, as a rookie, is viewed by many as a future starter at guard. With no preseason games he can use every repetition to prove himself as the future guard of the offensive line.
As for Raymond, he very well might be a part of a training camp battle which isn’t being talked about among the fan base and media. The Steelers know their top two tight ends, Eric Ebron and Vance McDonald, but if the team decides to keep three tight ends it seems to be a battle between Zach Gentry, Kevin Rader and Raymond. Raymond missing any amount of time would be crippling for his chances to make the 53-man roster for Week 1.
So far, throughout this odd training camp at Heinz Field, the Steelers have been very fortunate on the injury front. The hope is that trend continues.
Be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes as the team continues to roll through training camp and prepares for the regular season.