After the hand the Steelers have been dealt, it’s refreshing to get some good vibes on the injury front.
ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler tweeted out he is hearing Javon Hargrave’s knee injury is not considered serious and there is still hope he plays Week One.
Nothing official but I’m hearing Steelers DT Javon Hargrave’s injury not expected to be serious. Hoping to play Week 1
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) September 5, 2016
Hargrave injured his knee during Monday’s practice. There has been no official word from the team on its severity and beat writers are only allowed to report in-practice injuries from other players. That’s why Daniel McCullers was asked about Hargrave’s injury. For what it’s worth, McCullers referred to it as a “tweak” and did not think it was serious.
Mike Tomlin’s press conference is tomorrow and he should update the rookie’s status as well as unveil the first thing resembling an injury report, which I believe will officially come out tomorrow afternoon. Of course, with how close-to-the-vest the team has been on the injury front, it is impossible to evaluate the sincerity of his comments.
Hargrave was elevated to the team’s starting nose tackle in this morning’s newly released depth chart. He beat out McCullers and is also expected to take on a rotational role in nickel front, rotating in with Cam Heyward and Stephon Tuitt. Hargrave’s presence will be even more needed in Week One with Heyward dealing with an ankle sprain. Heyward has said he is confident he will play but is unlikely to be at full strength and consequently, could see a reduction in snaps.