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Steelers Starting Safety Returns to Practice



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Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back Joey Porter Jr. at training camp, Aug. 4, 2023. -- Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

UNITY TWP., Pa. — For the first time since he went down a week ago, Steelers strong safety Keanu Neal donned the pads and took the field. While he did not participate in team periods, he did go through some individual drills, making him limited for the first time since suffering the injury. Pittsburgh’s two injured safeties that figure into their rotation are now back on the field in some capacity.

Rookie cornerback Joey Porter Jr. and outside linebacker Nick Herbig both returned to action on Chuck Noll Field on Tuesday, but remained only limited on Wednesday as the Steelers carried on their preparations for their first preseason game at Tampa Bay on Friday. Veteran safety Damontae Kazee and second-year defensive lineman DeMarvin Leal also got back to work in limited fashion off to the side.

Guard Kevin Dotson suffered a shoulder injury yesterday but was back out there on Wednesday with no limitations. As such, it seems that the injury will not be anything that hampers him moving forward.

The team’s first of two second-round picks have been working between the first and second team at outside cornerback throughout training camp, and with veteran Patrick Peterson unlikely to see significant reps in the preseason opener against the Buccaneers, Porter should be in line for a lengthy workload on Friday night, if his recovery cooperates.

Herbig was also hurt in Saturday’s practice, suffering a right hip flexor injury. He also did not return on Saturday and then was held out of Sunday’s practice.

The fourth-round pick has been a very consistent contributor on the second-team Steelers defense, working in behind T.J. Watt at left outside linebacker. The undersized Wisconsin product has drawn rave reviews for his quickness and pass-rush skillset.

Kazee suffered an ankle injury in the first week of training camp and has been slowly working his way to a return. Leal got his ankle rolled up in a drill last week. One other Steelers safety remains out in Tre Norwood (calf). Running back John Lovett (undisclosed) also remains out.

Head coach Mike Tomlin said that anyone that is healthy enough will play on Friday against Tampa Bay.


PlayerInjuryDate PrognosisRoster Status
OG Kevin DotsonRight shoulderAug. 9HealthyActive, FP Aug. 9
DB Tre NorwoodCalfAug. 6Day to dayActive, DNP Aug. 9
CB Joey Porter Jr.Left ankleAug. 5Day to dayActive, LP Aug. 9
OLB Nick HerbigHip flexorAug. 5Day to dayActive, LP Aug. 9
DL DeMarvin LealLeft ankleAug. 2Day to dayActive, LP Aug. 9
RB John LovettUndisclosedAug. 2Day to dayActive, DNP Aug. 9
S Keanu NealUndisclosedAug. 2Day to dayActive, LP Aug. 9
S Damontae KazeeLeft ankleJuly 29Week to weekActive, LP Aug. 9
WR Ja’Marcus BradleyHamstringAug. 4Day to dayInjured reserve
CB Cory TriceRight kneeAug. 1Out for seasonInjured reserve
RB Alfonzo GrahamTorn right labrumJuly 29Out for seasonInjured reserve
DT Renell WrenTorn right Achilles tendonMay 17Out for seasonInjured reserve