Steelers free safety Sean Davis ‘pretty close’ to returning to practice
Sean Davis has missed most of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ training camp, but the fourth-year free safety said he’s “pretty close” to returning.
“I want to be a full participant by next week,” Davis said Wednesday at Saint Vincent College. “That’s my goal.”
Davis has been out with a dislocated ring finger on his left hand, which he injured in the first practice in pads July 28. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin termed it an “open wound” while previewing the preseason opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Friday night at Heinz Field.
“It’s not for precaution,” Tomlin said. “He had an open wound on his hand, and it had to heal and he’s just starting to work his way back to us.”
While Davis is itching to get back to playing and remains atop the defensive depth chart at free safety, he also doesn’t want to risk returning too soon and be forced to miss any regular-season games.
“I’m kind of upset, man. I want to perfect my skills, start practicing and get the cobwebs out,” Davis said. “But I’m taking a lot mental reps. To be out there and not running around with the guys, it sucks. But I’ve got to take care of my finger first.”
Kevin Gorman is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Kevin by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .