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Report: Steelers rookie NT Javon Hargrave leaves practice with apparent knee injury

On the heels of finding out he will be starting in Week 1 at nose tackle, Javon Hargrave reportedly left practice with a knee injury.

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Earlier Monday the Pittsburgh Steelers released their Week 1 depth chart, and the lone surprise on the chart was rookie nose tackle Javon Hargrave slotted to start against the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football.

As exhilarating as that had to be for the rookie from South Carolina State, there is a chance he is now dealing with something much bigger than the pressure of the NFL prime time stage -- an injury.

According to Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Hargrave left practice early with an apparent knee injury. Stephon Tuitt did say he left practice early, but did not go into details on the potential injury, or the severity of the injury.

At this point this is simply a report, and could end up being absolutely nothing to worry about. Hargrave could have tweaked a knee and gone in to be evaluated, only to be found to be just fine. However, if the injury is more serious, it would be a huge dent into the team's depth along the defensive line, especially with Cameron Heyward nursing an ankle injury and his participation in the season opener very much up in the air.

Mike Tomlin will address the media on Tuesday, and will update any and all injuries heading into the Week 1 game. Until then, stay tuned to BTSC for the latest updates and news surrounding not just Hagrave's potential injury, but any news surrounding the black and gold.

UPDATE: Fellow NT Daniel McCullers updated what happened to Hargrave during today's practice.

UPDATE: Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review gives some details on what he saw at Steelers practice.

UPDATE: Jeremy Fowlers of ESPN states he has heard the injury is not serious, and Hargrave should be able to play Week 1. Although this is not official, it is encouraging news.