UNITY TWP., Pa — Najee Harris suffered a foot injury in the Steelers’ first padded practice Monday in Latrobe. On a play where Harris met Myles Jack in the hole, Harris appeared to have his foot stepped on by Jack. Afterward, he would have his left foot iced up and would not return to action.
Mike Tomlin downplayed the severity of the injury and said that Najee Harris should be okay. The injury is not considered overly serious at this time.
“Najee was not able to finish,” Tomlin said. “Somebody stepped on his foot, but it should not be a major deal moving forward.”
Another running back that was nursing an injury was Jeremy McNichols. The newly signed running back could not participate after suffering a shoulder injury on Saturday. That is being evaluated but McNichols hopes to be back on the field sooner rather than later.
“Jeremy McNichols is getting his shoulder evaluated,” Tomlin said. “He wasn’t able to participate today.”
Minkah Fitzpatrick (left wrist) continues to ramp up towards a return. He is now catching footballs with his left hand. That is a good sign for his recovery process. Damontae Kazee continues to fill in for him.
Tyson Alualu (left knee swelling) did not participate. He was placed on the PUP list to start training camp and has yet to participate in any football-related activities. It is unknown how far away he is from returining. Larry Ogunjobi (foot) is still working his back to full team participation.
Marcus Allen (hamstring) did not participate, and in his place, Mark Robinson got more tread and impressed in those limited viewings. Still, Allen does appear to be close to returning.
Pat Freiermuth (hamstring) was jogging around today. He seems to be closer than most in regards to a potential return. While he never was full go, Freiermuth still was active.
Miles Killebrew (pec) missed a 4th straight practice. He was hurt in the first practice of training camp and has yet to practice since that injury. In his place, Karl Joseph and Donovan Stiner are getting more opportunities.
Chase Claypool (right shoulder) still was out. He was active in helping wide receiver drills and appears to be more dinged than injured, but the Steelers are playing the cautious game with Claypool.
Connor Heyward (ankle) returned to practice after not finishing on Saturday. He was a full participant in every drill and team period.