It is that time of the year when injuries start piling up during Training Camp. All 32 NFL teams are dealing with a multitude of injuries. Some are the serious, season-ending variety, while others are more of the soft tissue kind.
Either way, when players are forced out of practice, teams need to make adjustments so they can continue to practice without forcing their starters into situations which can increase their chances of injury prior to games beginning.
For the Pittsburgh Steelers, they have had a rash of injuries along their offensive line. David DeCastro just returned from injury, Chuks Okorafor is nursing a groin injury, Derwin Gray has been out with knee injury and rookie Kevin Dotson remains out with a knee injury sustained over a week ago.
In other words, the Steelers could use a warm body, or two, along the line to help fill out their 80-man offseason roster.
With that said, the team recently brought in former UCLA product, and offensive tackle, Caleb Benenoch for a workout.
This per Albert Breer of MMQB:
Today’s tryout/workout list. Former Top 10 pick Kevin White working out for the Niners. pic.twitter.com/AUA7OR076g— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) August 25, 2020
These workouts don’t ensure a spot on the offseason roster, but often times are teams just seeing what is out there ‘just in case’. If Gray, Dotson or Okorafor remain out for an extended period of time, the Steelers could be calling on Benenoch to come in and give them some reps as they prepare for the 2020 regular season.
Benenoch was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He played in five games as a rookie, earning his first career start at the right guard position in Week 10 against the Chicago Bears.
In 2018, Benenoch was named the Buccaneers starting right guard, starting all 16 games.
Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black-and-gold, and whether they make a roster move in the coming days.