The Pittsburgh Steelers are back practicing at Saint Vincent College Monday and already we have good news to pass along on the injury front.
According to Alex Kozora, rookie linebacker Ryan Shazier (knee/leg) is back in pads Monday after being sidelined for a week because of a knee or leg injury. It’s unknown whether or not the Steelers first-round draft pick will be allowed to participate fully Monday, but earlier in the day he did tell the media that he plans on playing Saturday night in the second preseason game against the Buffalo Bills.
Also back in pads Monday are nose tackle Steve McLendon (concussion) and wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey (concussion). Both players have missed several practices because of concussions.
Guard Ramon Foster (eye) also appears to be a go Monday after having to leave Saturday night’s preseason opener against the New York Giants because of an eye injury.
Tight ends Matt Spaeth (unknown) and Michael Palmer (unknown), however, both look as though they will sit out Monday’s practice. Palmer missed the preseason opener Saturday night for unknown reasons. Also sitting out Monday’s practice is safety Mike Mitchell (unknown).
UPDATE: While Shazier is back in pads, it doesn’t appear as though he will be allowed to do much Monday.