UNITY TWP., Pa — Najee Harris missed his first practice of training camp after suffering a foot injury on Monday. It was described as not very serious by Omar Khan and Mike Tomlin. Luckily, for the Steelers, while Harris missed practice, there were no new injuries for the team on Tuesday. But the Steelers injury news is even better.
Tomlin noted that Minkah Fitzpatrick (wrist), Larry Ogujnobi (foot), and Tyson Alualu (left knee swelling) are all nearing a return to full participation in the near training camp sessions. While none are quite ready to return just yet, it appears their return is only a short-term amount away.
“Some of the guys that started on a variety of lists, guys like Alaulu, Larry O, and Minkah are inching closer towards participation,” Tomlin said.
Meanwhile, Chase Claypool (right shoulder) missed another practice after suffering the injury last week. He is described as day-to-day. In his place, Cody White is playing more reps.
Jeremy McNichols (shoulder) is still being evaluated as things continue to develop. In his place, Jaylen Warren and Mataeo Durant are getting more opportunities at the helm of the backfield.
Levi Wallace (illness) and Miles Killebrew (pec) have left the secondary a little bit thin. Killebrew has not practiced since suffering the injury in the first camp practice. Wallace has missed three of the last four practices with the illness.
Marcus Allen (hamstring) and Pat Freiermuth (hamstring) both did not practice Tuesday as well. They continue to work their way back, with Freiermuth being more active in some drills than before. He could be nearing a return sometime soon.