The Steelers are relatively healthy entering their 2021 training camp, as the team did not have to put any players on the Physically Unable to Perform or Non-Football Injury Lists before the first day of training camp practices on Thursday.
Two players that are returning from injury are inside linebacker Devin Bush and tackle Zach Banner. Both players had ACL surgeries last fall, and both were in uniform and participating for the first training camp practice of 2021.
“Both guys have worked their tails off,” head coach Mike Tomlin said. “Man, it’s great to see them back out here and working.”
Tomlin said the duo may still be limited at times as the team navigates its six-week training camp and preseason practice slate, in order to bring them back to full participation in a reasonable timeframe.
“We’ll just continue to be thoughtful of the reps that we give them,” he said. “Today was a big day for them to get back out, put jerseys on to be with their teammates, but we’ll be thoughtful about it through the journey and have good days and continually to push them forward towards September 12.”
The Steelers — along with the Dallas Cowboys — have the league’s longest schedule this year, with two weeks of training camp followed by four weeks of preseason and 17 weeks of regular season action. The rest of the league reports to camp next week.