UNITY TWP., Pa — The Steelers got back a defensive back in Minkah Fitzpatrick but lost another defensive back when Cam Sutton went down with a lower-body injury early on in practice. It appeared to potentially be a knee injury, but Mike Tomlin called it a ‘lower-body injury’ and said that Sutton is being evaluated.
On the other side of things, there were a few players, including Mataeo Durant, that left practice with heat-related injuries. Meanwhile, veterans Larry Ogunjobi, Cam Heyward, and T.J. Watt all got veteran days off to take a rest and ‘thin the herd’ according to Tomlin.
Najee Harris (foot) is still working his way back after suffering the injury on Monday. He was stepped on and it does not appear serious, but the Steelers will take it cautiously with Harris. It is unlikely he sees much of any action during the rest of training camp.
Chase Claypool (shoulder) and Pat Freiermuth (hamstring) did not practice again, however, the two are getting closer. They are active participants in helping drills and team periods go smoothly. It appears that they should be back in a short amount of time.
Marcus Allen (hamstring) and Miles Killebrew (Pec) were out yet again. Allen’s absence appears to be one that will be an extended absence. Meanwhile, it is likely that Killebrew could be back soon. He was seen doing sprints on the side for the second straight day.
Levi Wallace (illness) is still apparently sick but worked through it on Thursday. He put on the pads and was a full participant in the team periods.
The Steelers have avoided significant injuries thus far. Hopefully, Sutton’s is not too serious. While he is out, expect players like Justin Layne, James Pierre, and others to try and take advantage of his absence.