PITTSBURGH – Wide receivers and right knees.
That was the theme on the injury front from Sunday’s training camp session, as a trio of wideouts were afflicted in some capacity by a right knee ailment.
James Washington did not finish Sunday’s session after suffering an apparent knee injury. While it did not seem serious, he was seen with a wrap, and later a sleeve, on his right knee.
Ray-Ray McCloud, who also had his right knee wrapped, sat out of practice entirely on Sunday. Diontae Johnson was full participant, but also received treatment on his right knee.
Second-year guard Kevin Dotson participated in the team portions of practice for the first time this training camp, but was surprisingly inserted with the second-team offensive line.
Wide receiver Cody White made his return on Sunday. The former Michigan State Spartan had been battling a hamstring injury that forced him to miss over a week of practice and last Thursday’s Hall of Fame game.
Running backs Kalen Ballage and Benny Snell Jr. were both inactive again. Snell was sporting significant padding on his ribs, while Ballage missed for the second-straight day.
Slot corner Antoine Brooks Jr. also sat out for the second day in a row, and had a wrap on his left hamstring. Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said Saturday that Brooks is hampered by a minor injury, and that the hope is he can still suit up against the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday.
Offensive tackle Zach Banner was not a factor in the team periods of practice. Pittsburgh is continuing to ease him back into things following his torn ACL.
Outside linebacker T.J. Watt participated in individual drills, but eventually retreated to the side where he did agility work for the remainder of practice. Defensive end Stephon Tuitt is still being worked back slowly by the club.