Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Bud Dupree expects to be fully healthy by the time training camp rolls around in August, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reports.
According to Fowler, the Steelers have been following Dupree’s knee injury rehab closely and are encouraged with his progress.
After playing last season under the franchise tag, which paid Dupree $15.828 million, the Steelers’ dire salary cap situation will most likely prevent them from bringing him back in 2021. Still, the brass of the organization has expressed their desire to do so if circumstances were different.
Fowler expects Pittsburgh to stay in the mix for Dupree as free agency approaches, even if they cannot meet his financial demands.
Dupree was having another strong season before tearing his ACL in the Steelers’ Week 12 win over the Baltimore Ravens. He had eight sacks, eight tackles for loss, 15 quarterback hits and a pair of forced fumbles through eleven games.
Dupree shared he was ahead of schedule in his recovery when he joined NFL Network’s Good Morning Football late last month.