Though the Pittsburgh Steelers will not hit the observe discipline till Thursday, they get to work tomorrow. On Wednesday, the gamers report back to St. Vincent School to start their 2023 coaching camp. Tomorrow is all about checking in, settling in, doing the health check and, from a procedural standpoint, doubtlessly inserting all gamers on the bodily unable to play (PUP) listing.
It is nonetheless unclear which gamers – if any – will likely be positioned there. However Pittsburgh Put up-Gazette beat author Ray Fittipaldo thinks ILB Cole Holcomb may be a type of guys. In his Tuesday pre-camp chat, Fittipaldo stated Holcomb may very well be held again to begin coaching.
“It would not shock me if Holcomb begins on PUP. They are going to watch out with him and ensure he is prepared earlier than they put him on the market.
As Fittipaldo hints, if Holcomb is positioned on the PUP listing, it could be out of warning greater than the rest. His 2022 season ended at the beginning of final season with a foot damage. Signed to a three-year contract by Pittsburgh within the offseason, he would have been restricted throughout OTAs and minicamps, working principally individually and never as a full group. There’s each purpose to imagine he’ll be prepared for Week 1 in opposition to the San Francisco 49ers.
Gamers who begin camp on Energetic/PUP aren’t eligible to observe however could also be faraway from the PUP at any time. If Holcomb lands there, it can result in extra alternatives for Mark Robinson, Tanner Muse and Nick Kwiatkoski. Robinson appeared to soak up many of the reps within the spring, however DC Teryl Austin minimized his position in 2023 and the group added veteran Kwiatkoski in June.
It’s attainable that no Steelers will likely be positioned on PUP tomorrow. Additionally it is attainable that there are shock names. Final season, Minkah Fitzpatrick began camp on the non-soccer-related damage (NFI) listing after sustaining a wrist damage when she fell off her bike whereas on trip. It was activated a few week later. Veteran nostril deal with Tyson Alualu was positioned on PUP to begin 2022 whereas recovering from damage and was activated days after Fitzpatrick.
A possible “shock” identify may very well be TE Pat Freiermuth, who appeared restricted by damage within the spring. WR Allen Robinson II, like Holcomb, simply had foot surgical procedure and was restricted to the early spring, however appeared to stretch his reps all through low season exercises.