The Pittsburgh Steelers placed outside linebacker Bud Dupree on their Reserve/Injured list on Sunday with a core muscle injury and after being evaluated further this week by the team’s medical staff, it was decided that he would need surgery to repair it.
Dupree recently underwent surgery to repair his core muscle injury and it was deemed successful by him, according to an Instagram post of his.
Dupree, the Steelers first round draft pick last year, missed considerable practice time during training camp due to his injury in addition to all four preseason games. It was initially reported as being a bruised groin and ultimately termed a core muscle injury.
With Dupree on the team’s Reserve/Injured list, he will be forced to miss at least the first eight games of the 2016 regular season. However, he is a candidate to receive the designated to return tag later on in the year and the team is hopeful that he’ll be able to play at some point during the second half of the regular season.
Last season, Dupree registered 4 total sacks with all of them coming in the Steelers first 8 games. With Dupree sidelined, veteran outside linebacker Arthur Moats figures to start in his place on the left side of the Steelers defense.