Free agent cornerback Keenan Lewis visited with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Wednesday after arriving in town Tuesday night and it doesn’t sound like he will be signing with the team any time soon.
According to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Steelers did not like what they saw when they examined Lewis’ hip and that’s probably not a huge surprise being as the New Orleans Saints released the cornerback on Monday even though such a move required them to eat a substantial amount of dead money in the process.
Steelers did not like what they saw w Keenan Lewis hip. You might not want to start penciling him on roster.
— Gerry Dulac (@gerrydulac) August 25, 2016
Prior to arriving in Pittsburgh, Lewis said in an interview on SiriusXM NFL Radio that he doesn’t have any issues with his hips and that he’s only currently rehabbing a psoas muscle that he strained recently while working out with a Saints trainer. Lewis indicated that he was close to being 100% during the interview and likely only a few weeks away from achieving that status. The Steelers obviously think otherwise.
After visiting with the Steelers on Wednesday, Lewis posted on his Instagram account, “learned a lot today a lot of good news and sad news but God has my back, I know it…….”
According to Aditi Kinkhabwala of the NFL Network, Lewis is dealing with sports hernia which will be an issue for at least six weeks.
I was told sports hernia an issue for at least six weeks. Could've used his help – and height! https://t.co/nWMowmgjB1
— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) August 25, 2016
For now, it looks like the Steelers will stand pat with the current cornerbacks on their roster as they prepare to play their third preseason Friday night on the road against the Saints. It still won’t be surprising, however, to see the Steelers add an experienced cornerback over the course of the next two weeks as rosters around the league are cut down.
Lewis will continue to look for a new employer and reportedly has several teams still interested in him. However, if the Steelers didn’t like what they saw from a medically perspective, it’s hard to imagine other teams will.