The Pittsburgh Steelers will wrap up their third and final OTA session on Thursday with a practice at Heinz Field, and overall they\’ve been pretty lucky when it comes to injuries. However, a source told me Wednesday evening that second-year tight end David Paulson missed some time this week with an injured ankle or foot that required him to wear a boot for a few days.
Paulson, the Steelers second of four seventh-round draft picks in 2012, played 316 snaps as a rookie last season, but registered just seven catches for 51 yards in total.
The injury to Paulson isn\’t believed to be serious, so hopefully he will be able to return to practice next week when the Steelers mandatory mini camp gets underway.
In addition to Paulson, tight end Heath Miller (knee) and cornerbacks Justin King (hamstring) and Terry Hawthorne (knee) are all still unable practice, and then there was the news on Wednesday that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had to undergo a scope procedure on his right knee that will keep him out until the start of training camp.
With Paulson down, Matt Spaeth, David Johnson and Jamie McCoy are more than likely receiving extra reps at the tight end position with the newly signed Peter Tuitupou getting the scraps. Tuitupou was signed this past week after Zack Pianalto was waived injured with a calf injury. Pianalto has since reverted back to the Steelers injured reserve list after clearing waivers.