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Report: Steelers wary of Keenan Lewis' hip injury, unlikely to sign

The Pittsburgh Steelers brought in former CB Keenan Lewis for a visit, but did not like what they saw in regards to Lewis' hip injury.

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It seems like light years ago when Keenan Lewis and Cortez Allen were considered the up-and-coming defensive backs on the Pittsburgh Steelers roster. In 2013, Lewis surprised many by leaving the Steelers in free agency and playing for his hometown New Orleans Saints. The Steelers responded with a knee jerk signing of Cortez Allen, and some would say "the rest is history".

However, after Lewis' injury plagued 2015 season, he was released from the Saints and hit the open market. The Steelers brought in the former cornerback for a visit, and a physical, but reports are stating the hip injury which has kept him off the field this preseason concerns the team.

Per Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Steelers didn't like what they saw with Lewis' hip injury, and this could be the writing on the wall that Lewis is likely to visit the other 5 teams who were reportedly interested in bringing in the veteran to help in the secondary.

For those who were banking on Lewis to help add veteran depth to the defensive backfield in 2016, all hope isn't lost for the Steelers doing that this preseason. When rosters get trimmed form 90 to 75 players, there is a strong chance the team will be able to find another player who was released, like Ross Cockrell last year, to add to their current depth chart.

It was a nice thought thinking about the 2012 Keenan Lewis returning, but the 2016 Keenan Lewis seems like damaged goods.