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Cortez Allen, DeMarcus Van Dyke sidelined with 'minor, camp-like injuries'
Certainly, there are teams right now that would love to describe the injuries of their players as "minor" and "camp-like," as Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin did after Sunday's training camp practice session.
Cornerback Cortez Allen had "some knee discomfort," and DeMarcus Van Dyke injured his left hamstring toward the end of practice, Tomlin having said they haven't had a chance to fully evaluate him.
A rash of significant injuries around the league, including the season-ending ailments suffered by Baltimore's Dennis Pitta and Denver's Dan Koppen have kept the league on edge, fans trying to remain hopeful the same fate doesn't strike their team.
But Tomlin, running his seventh camp as the Steelers' head coach, understands it's a part of the game.
"That is part of this preseason team building process. We will deal with it. One man’s misfortune creates opportunities for others. We’ll treat it as such. We’ll expect guys to absorb those snaps."
Those guys would likely be William Gay and Curtis Brown, listed as the primary back-ups, but this early into camp, the loads of everyone there should be increased a little bit.
Sounds like DVD could be more serious:
Unfortunate. He had a lot of raw physical ability. A full camp would have really given him an opportunity to show what he can do.
Let us hope that Curtis Brown can take advantage. With his familiarity and ST contribution this might secure him a roster spot. Read where he made a nice play picking Ben a few days ago, could this be his year to turn the corner and maybe emerge as a nickel ahead of Gay?
Originally Posted by phillyesq
I think Gay will be just fine at nickel. I'm just hoping that Curtis turns the corner as a solid #4 option at corner (after he was surpassed by the underwhelming Josh Victorian last season, I figured that his roster spot this season might be in jeopardy if Terry Hawthorne proves to be a quick study).
Originally Posted by steeler_fan_in_t.o.
Steelers claim healthy defensive back off waivers for training camp
By SteelCityRoller on Aug 1 2013
Evidently, Greg Warren's job is safe as the team waves his camp competition to bring in a healthy body to play defensive back - a healthy body which has played in Heinz Field before.
As the injuries to DeMarcus Van Dyke, Terry Hawthorne and Cortez Allen continue to leave the team thin at the defensive back position, the team is squeezing in healthier men to take the field while they wait.
After signing CB Ryan Steed on Tuesday, the Pittsburgh Steelers have claimed former University of Pittsburgh CB Buddy Jackson off waivers from the Kansas City Chiefs. To make room for Jackson, the team waived longsnapper Luke Ingram, an undrafted rookie out of Hawaii.
Jackson has decent size at 6-1, 180 pounds, and his Pitt bio lists his 40-yard dash speed in the 4.3's. He originally entered the league as an undrafted free agent with the Indianapolis Colts where he spent part of training camp. He landed on the practice squad of the Washington Redskins for the final seven games of 2012. In May of 2013, he was signed to the Chiefs off-season roster; but now he is coming back to Pittsburgh.
Ingram was this year's opposition for Greg Warren, but with three defensive backs and two tight ends already forced out of action, roster spots are at a premium. Warren is consistent and solid, with little reason to need a change.
Jackson will now be competing with Steed, Isaiah Green, Josh Victorian and Curtis Brown to fill out the DB depth chart until Allen, Hawthorne and possibly Van Dyke can return.