PHILADELPHIA — The Steelers got a key defensive face back on gridiron Thursday night. Devin Bush got back on the field for in-game action for the first time since he tore his ACL against the Cleveland Browns during the 2020 season. While there were some struggles that Bush displayed in coverage, Mike Tomlin praised the third-year linebacker’s ability to get back on the field and be ready for anything.
“He got his feet wet,” Tomlin said. “And that’s a great start. We’ll continue to push forward from there. You know, today was a great start from that perspective, but we don’t want to make more out of what it is and we’ll go on.”
Bush finished up the night with two total tackles. Other than that, there was not a ton to write home about from Bush’s first night back on the field. He was beaten in pass coverage by Philadelphia tight ends on the first two plays of the game, giving up completions of seven yards to Zach Ertz and 34 to Dallas Goedert.
However, With his return to practice and in-game action, Bush is now nearly fully done with his rehab and recovery from the torn ACL. Bush felt good in his return.
“We’re good,” Bush said. “It’s good to get out there, get a feel for playing football again in a live stadium, just being out there and being with different groups of guys. It was a good experience.”
With his return to the field fully cemented, Bush will now look to finish training camp strong. More importantly, in the next two preseason games, he will look to impress. With the addition of Joe Schobert in Pittsburgh, there is no doubt that Tomlin will want Bush to continue to progress alongside the veteran so they can become a formidable tandem in the middle of the Pittsburgh defense.