Even though he’s likely to remain on the PUP list for the foreseeable future, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Bruce Gradkowski is scheduled to throw on the side sometime this week during training camp practices, according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
#Steelers vet No. 2 QB Bruce Gradkowski to start throwing on side this week, perhaps today, for first time. He will remain on PUP for now.
— Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) August 5, 2015
Gradkowski has been bothered by a sore shoulder for most of the offseason so the fact that he’ll start throwing soon is a great sign.
With Gradkowski currently sidelined, third-string quarterback Landry Jones has been the beneficiary of a lot of reps during the team’s first eight training camp practices. He’s even got quite a bit of work with the first-team offense during that span as well.
Being as Gradkowski will more than likely miss the Steelers first preseason game this coming Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, Jones should see extensive playing time in that contest. In fact, he might even start the game depending on whether or not the Steelers decide to let starter Ben Roethlisberger play the first series.
Gradkowski, who is now in the final year of his contract with the Steelers, originally signed with the team in 2013. In the last two seasons, the veteran backup has played all of seven offensive snaps.