PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers left guard Kevin Dotson did not participate in the team’s first practice session of training camp at UPMC Rooney Sports Complex on Thursday, head coach Mike Tomlin confirmed after practice.
Dotson is expected to assume the starting left guard position after the departure of Matt Feiler in free agency. Tomlin said he’s working through a minor issue and should not be out long.
“We were taking care of,” Tomlin said. “He got a day or two. He should be fine. I think he tweaked a little something, but its not anything of any concern from a big picture standpoint, to be perfectly honest with you.”
Reports that Dotson was out of shape ran rampant last month, allegations that second-year guard took offense too. He responded by sharing a number montages showing his intense offseason workouts and lifting regiments.
Dotson had an impressive rookie campaign with 13 appearances and four starts. He was graded by Pro Football Focus as the No. 28 guard in the NFL.
Tomlin said that the team will not have place any players on the Physically Unable to Perform list at the start of camp. Outside linebacker T.J. Watt and defensive end Stephon Tuitt were also limited in their participation, Watt and Tomlin confirmed.
Alan Saunders contributed reporting from Pittsburgh.