The future status of Pittsburgh Steelers rookie cornerback Senquez Golson is still up in the air right now as the second-round draft pick is still waiting to find out whether or not he’ll need surgery on the shoulder that he injured during the team’s offseason practices.
Wednesday, the Mississippi product addressed the media and he talked a little about where he is right now.
“I can pretty much do everything that I need to do but as far as tackling wise,” said Golson, who led the Southeastern Conference in interceptions last season.
Golson, however, did say that there are only two options right now when it comes to his shoulder, which he had an MRI on last week.
“Either I’m going to be out for the year, or I’m going to come back,” said Golson.
Even though Golson is a bit frustrated by his current injury, he said he’s still learning while he’s sidelined.
“I’ve learned the playbook, learning split formations and different things like that, so still getting better every day,” he said.
As far as his MRI results go, Golson did say that he hasn’t heard about what they are.
“I kind of think they know what’s going on, we’re just trying to decide what we’re going to do,” he said.
Outside of maybe a hamstring pull in college, Golson said this injury is the first one he’s ever had to really deal with.
Being as the Steelers acquired cornerback Brandon Boykin from the Philadelphia Eagles over the weekend, it seems plausible that they believe Golson will be sidelined for an extended amount of time, if not the entire season.
Being as Golson is still on the team’s Active PUP list, he will qualify for the Reserve PUP list at the start of the regular season as long as he never practices.
As previously mentioned, even though shoulder surgery would more than likely wind up costing Golson his entire rookie season, the team would be wise to let him at least start the season on the Reserve PUP list just in case there’s an outside chance he can return midway in the season. At any time from that point forward he can be placed on the season-ending injured reserve list.
In other words, there’s absolutely no reason to place the rookie cornerback on the injured reserve list with the designated to return tag.