Brian Allen, Jerald Hawkins added to Steelers’ lengthy injury list, albeit most considered minor
Another practice at Saint Vincent, another large group of Pittsburgh Steelers players who were not in pads and watching from the sidelines.
Other than the scare caused by Joe Haden leaving the field on a cart, the list of those who sat out practice Wednesday on Chuck Noll Field mostly remained the same from Tuesday. A notable exception was running back James Conner being in uniform, but offensive tackle Jerald Hawkins and cornerback Brian Allen both being added to those who were kept out of team drills.
Undrafted rookie tight end Trevor Wood also returned to practice after sitting out Tuesday.
Starting tackle Alejandro Villanueva (apparent shoulder), linebacker T.J. Watt (hamstring) and safety Sean Davis (finger) were starters who were in their jerseys, pads and pants for the start of practice but were limited. Watt continued to gradually ramp up his team work since being activated off the physically unable to perform list Sunday and Villanueva’s appearance was a positive sign after he’d bowed out of Tuesday’s practice early.
Davis only took part in stretches and individual drills at the start of practice, but his appearance was the most significant since he first suffered his injury 10 days prior.
The additional following players did not practice at all: guard Ramon Foster (undisclosed), center Maurkice Pouncey (apparent back injury), cornerback Artie Burns (groin), cornerback Justin Layne (undisclosed), outside linebacker Bud Dupree (undisclosed), inside linebacker Vince Williams (hamstring), receiver Diontae Johnson (groin), linebacker Sutton Smith (undisclosed) and running back Ralph Webb (undisclosed).
Vince Williams remains out with hamstring injury. Ramon Foster gets day off. No Pouncey, Heyward sightings either.
— Joe Rutter (@tribjoerutter) August 7, 2019
Williams, as he did on Tuesday, spent practice pushing a weighted, wheeled sled on his own on an auxiliary field.
Donte Moncrief again took part in the early portions of practice but did not drill for the entirety of it as he ramps back up to full speed following a finger injury.
Cameron Heyward was not seen on campus since his wife gave birth to the couple’s third child earlier this week.
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