The Pittsburgh Steelers are back on the field to begin the second week of OTAs. Senquez Golson is out there with the group but is reportedly sitting out of practice today. Last week, Dale Lolley reported Golson was scheduled to undergo an MRI. Golson confirmed that to Adam Crowley today but noted it had nothing to do with last year’s shoulder injury that shelved him for his rookie season.
Senquez Golson was back today, but didn't participate in drills. Confirms he had MRI. Not shoulder related. "Soft tissue."
— Adam Crowley (@_adamcrowley) May 31, 2016
No word on the exact nature of the “soft tissue” injury Golson suffered. It’s good news that he doesn’t appear to have any lingering issue from his torn labrum and that he is back on the field today. But it’d be better news to see him get back involved in practice.
Whether his role is outside or in the slot, the Steelers will be counting on a significant impact from last year’s second round pick. Early reports had him getting snaps at left cornerback over Ross Cockrell. His hopeful return along with adding Artie Burns and Sean Davis were aggressive moves Pittsburgh has made to revamp their secondary, very similar to what the Steelers did with their offensive line earlier this decade.
Should Golson start outside, it makes sense that William Gay will slide inside in subpackage, with either Cockrell or Burns subbing in. Training camp will help tell us that story much better than OTAs. And of course, Golson has to play well himself to earn his keep. And that’ll start by getting back in practice. More missed time is only going to continue to be a source of frustration for fans and coaches.