Safety Mike Mitchell probably won’t want to remember his first season with the Pittsburgh Steelers as the former second-round draft pick certainly didn’t play well in 2014. After the season was over, Mitchell announced that he had played with an injured groin.
During an interview over the weekend with David Todd on 970 ESPN, Steelers defensive backs coach Carnell Lake revealed that Mitchell played through two torn groins.
“Mike, last year, really played hurt all year long,” said Lake. “He had, which we found out later, not one groin, but two. And to be able to play the whole season at that position with torn groins is unbelievable. I don’t know how he got it done.”
Mitchell, who registered a career-high 71 total tackles with the Steelers after signing a five-year, $25 million contract, had surgery after the 2014 season ended and appears to be ready to go again.
“He’s healthy, he’s got it fixed,” said Lake. “I’ve talked to him, he’s excited, he’s ready, he’s running at full-speed.”
The Steelers are currently in Phase Two of their offseason program and it is believed that Mitchell is in Pittsburgh working out with the rest of his Steelers teammates.