Even though he’s yet to practice during training camp or play in a preseason game, Pittsburgh Steelers rookie cornerback Senquez Golson has been able to work on his overall physical conditioning while sidelined with a shoulder injury. While the Steelers second-round draft pick out of Mississippi can still be labeled as being undersized, he apparently can no longer be labeled underweight.
Golson made it known Saturday on Twitter that he now weighs 192-pounds and that’s an increase of 16 pounds over what he weighed in Indianapolis at the February scouting combine.
176lbs in February… 192lbs in August
— Senquez Golson (@Quez_G) August 15, 2015
Golson currently remains on the Steelers Active PUP list and there’s been no indication that he will be removed from it by the time the start of the regular-season rolls around. At last report, the team was considering season-ending shoulder surgery for Golson, but that hasn’t apparently happened just yet.
The Steelers acquired cornerback Brandon Boykin from the Philadelphia Eagles via a trade a few weeks ago and that was a good sign that Golson’s rookie season would be lost completely, or cut short severely, by his shoulder injury that he says he suffered during one of the offseason practices.
Golson will more than likely start the season on the Reserve PUP list and ultimately be moved to the Reserve Injured List should he ultimately require shoulder surgery. While that would be disappointing, at least he was able to participate in all of the offseason practices.
The weight gain should help some with Golson’s durability moving forward even though this is the first time during his football career that he’s had to deal with a long-term injury.