PITTSBURGH — The Steelers’ injury woes at tight end only continue to get worse. Pat Freiermuth is the latest casualty, as he left Tuesday’s practice early with a shoulder injury. His left shoulder was heavily wrapped and an ice pack was applied. He did not return to practice after initially exiting.
Zach Gentry missed his first practice of camp with a long sleeve around his left leg. Eric Ebron missed his fifth straight practice with an elbow injury.
On the offensive line, Zach Banner continues his return. While he was not in full pads, Banner did go through some short team periods. However, he was still on a snap count. Kevin Dotson and Chuks Okorafor remain out of those periods. Meanwhile, Anthony Coyle returned after missing one practice. He now has a neck roll after suffering what Mike Tomlin described as a stinger. Chaz Green was a new addition to the list, as he missed his first practice.
In terms of new additions to the list, Ray-Ray McCloud did not practice. He was in shorts, but there was no obvious or visible injury to McCloud. Anthony McFarland was only limited after exiting Monday’s practice with an ice pack wrapped around his left quadricep. Another running back, Benny Snell was out for a second straight day. It caused the Steelers to sign Tony-Brooks James.
Rookie wide receiver Cody White still is returning from his hamstring injury. Marcus Allen did return to the field after missing Monday’s practice, however.
In other news, T.J. Watt and Stephon Tuitt continue to be brought along slowly. Both of them have yet to wear pads and are unlikely to suit up in Thursday’s Hall of Fame game.