Joe Haden takes part in Steelers practice, Tyson Alualu improving, Ramon Foster gets day off
Joe Haden returned to do some individual drills Wednesday, the first Pittsburgh Steelers practice he’s taken any part in since suffering a hamstring injury in the Week 1 tie at Cleveland.
Fellow cornerback Mike Hilton confirmed Haden’s status; because the Steelers play Monday night this coming week, they were not required by the NFL to release an official injury report.
Among the other veterans who did not play this in past week’s loss to Kansas City, Tyson Alualu (shoulder) said he practiced but not at the full level he typically would. All Pro guard David DeCastro’s status is murkier, but he was spotted in the locker room in a practice jersey and pants with his broken hand heavily wrapped. But backup guard B.J. Finney said he worked at both guard spots during practice.
Starting left guard Ramon Foster did not practice, but that will be standard procedure this season for the 32-year-old who missed most of training camp because of a knee injury.
“Just right now that’s where we are; ‘Coach’ just told me got a day off, and that’s all it is,” Foster said Wednesday. “I get one weekly now.”
Coach Mike Tomlin mentioned Tuesday that Foster was “managing a knee.” But Foster said Wednesday that his knee “absolutely feels like it’s good.”
For Alualu, Sunday’s loss to the Chiefs was the first game he had missed because of injury over a nine-year NFL career spanning 130 games (he was a Sunday deactive twice in September 2016 for Jacksonville).
“But for injury, this was the first,” Alualu said, “so that was kind of weird for me watching.
“(The shoulder) is getting better, though. Happy with the progress.”
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