Early on in the offseason, Pittsburgh Steelers rookie cornerback Terry Hawthorne needed surgery on one of his knees to reportedly remove some bone chips and it cost him all of the offseason as a result. Now, after making it through the first two training camp practices of the year, the Steelers fifth-round draft pick is being held out on Monday, according to Jim Wexell of Steel City Insider.
Head coach Mike Tomlin will more than likely address Hawthorne\’s status following practice and hopefully the young cornerback is just experiencing some soreness due to him just getting back on the field.
Being as Hawthorne missed all of the offseason practices, he really can\’t afford to miss too many days of training camp if he is going to make the final 53 man roster. There is still plenty of time, however, so it is way too early to write him off just yet. At the very least, you would think the Illinois product would easily be a candidate for the practice squad.
In addition to Hawthorne being sidelined, cornerback Cortez Allen is also sidelined again with his knee problem, according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post -Gazette. Tomlin said after practice on Sunday that Allen was experiencing some discomfort in his right knee. Allen, who wore a wrap on his knee during Sunday\’s practice, said later in the evening his injury is not serious and that he is just day-to-day.
Late word just came in that cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke is also out on Monday after injuring his hamstring late in practice on Sunday.