UNITY TWP., Pa — Najee Harris missed his second straight practice with a foot injury on Wednesday. The good news for Harris is that he did not appear to have any boot on his foot. In fact, Najee Harris was jumping up and down during individual drills. It simply seems like the Steelers are taking this cautiously.
Plenty of veterans got rest days off, including Cam Heyward, T.J. Watt, and Myles Jack. The veterans were simply being rested to ‘thin the lines; according to Mike Tomlin. That would allow younger players to get more reps as the season drew on into training camp.
Meanwhile, Minkah Fitzpatrick (wrist), Tyson Alualu (left knee), and Larry Ogunjobi (foot), who Tomlin said yesterday were all nearing returns, did not participate in team drills. Ogunjobi worked with individuals, while Fitzpatrick and Alualu did not participate.
Levi Wallace (illness) missed a third straight practice. He was participating in sprints, which could indicate a return is close for Wallace. Miles Killebrew (pec) has now missed a week of practice. He was participating in sprints with Wallace.
Chase Claypool (shoulder) continues to work his way back. He is active and works after walk-throughs and practices to stay sharp. Still, the Steelers are likely being cautious with Claypool to make sure the shoulder does not get reaggravated in any manner.
Pat Freiermuth (hamstring) and Marcus Allen (hamstring) both did not practice yet again. It seems as if Allen’s injury will cause him to miss extended time, as Tomlin described the time period of the recovery to be significant.