The Pittsburgh Steelers didn’t get to see their 2015 second-round draft pick in action this season as Senquez Golson missed the year due to a shoulder injury that ultimately required surgery. On Monday, Golson talked about his rehab and delivered some encouraging news in the process.
Golson told the media that he was officially cleared to play on Jan.1 and that means he can resume his offseason training, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
The undersized Golson is likely in line to play the slot position next season at the very least. After he went down injured well prior to the start of training camp in Latrobe, the Steelers decided to acquire cornerback Brandon Boykin via a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles. After not seeing much action in the Steelers defense during the first half of the season, Boykin ultimately became the Steelers primary nickel cornerback during the second half of the schedule.
Golson will likely be allowed to take part in the team’s rookie minicamp immediately following the 2016 NFL Draft being as he was on the Reserve/Injured list the entire season.
Golson, Doran Grant and Cortez Allen are currently the only Steelers cornerbacks under contract for the 2016 season. However, Ross Cockrell will definitely be back in 2016 as he’s an exclusive rights free agent.
The Steelers are also likely to re-sign veteran cornerback William Gay during the offseason and it won’t be surprising to see unrestricted free agent cornerback Antwon Blake brought back on a one-year deal for the league minimum as well.