The Pittsburgh Steelers reported to training camp today with five players going on the Physically Unable to Perform List.
The five are:
Mike Adams (Back), Bruce Gradkowski (shoulder), Senquez Golson (shoulder), Maurkice Pouncey (right foot), Shawn Lemon (achilles).
The most significant for now is Mike Adams after having back surgery on July 20th. He will be sidelined for up to four weeks.
“It’s been something that he’s been dealing with off and on,” Mike Tomlin said. “We got it evaluated and decided to put it behind us.”
The Steelers are extremely thin at the tackle position behind starters Kelvin Beachum/Marcus Gilbert. Alejandro Villanueva will get plenty of looks early at left tackle.
As for the others, Maurkice Pouncey’s foot sprain is very minor and he’s only expected to be sidelined for a couple days while Shawn Lemon’s achilles strain is tough news for him, who needs all the reps he can get to make an impression and missing any preseason time would also be devastating to Lemon’s chances of making the roster.
The two question marks right now are rookie cornerback Senquez Golson and quarterback Bruce Gradkowski.
Tomlin said “we’ll see” on Golson’s shoulder injury and downplayed the significance for Gradkowski, despite the veteran quarterback being shutdown from throwing during mini-camp and still having shoulder fatigue.
“He’s a veteran guy,” Tomlin said. “We’re going to make sure that’s in our rear view mirror before we proceed. He experienced some discomfort in training. When he’s ready to go, we’ll go.”