The Pittsburgh Steelers are roughly one hour into their first training camp practice of the 2016 season and it appears as though we already have some injury news to pass along to you on this Friday.
According to several media reports on Twitter, veteran wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey was forced to leave the field temporarily with a trainer. He apparently suffered his undisclosed injury during individual drills so we can only hope that it’s only a minor soft tissue injury.
Not long after Heyward-Bey left he returned to the field with head with trainer John Norwig. He is currently jogging on the side.
The Steelers are wearing pants and helmets during their first practice at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe.
Heyward-Bey signed a three year, $3.8 million contract with the Steelers this past March. Originally signed by the Steelers in 2014, Heyward-Bey has registered 24 catches for 347 yards and 2 touchdowns over the course of the last two seasons.
With wide receiver Martavis Bryant suspended for the entire 2016 season, Heyward-Bey figures to receive additional playing time this year as he’s likely to platoon some with second-year wide receiver Sammie Coates. Additionally, Heyward-Bey will be expected to cover kicks on special teams as well.
Head coach Mike Tomlin will likely update Heyward-Bey’s status after practice is over.
Update: Tomlin said Heyward-Bey left practice to change his shoes.