Some more good news on the injury front. Bud Dupree sounds optimistic about playing next week against the Dallas Cowboys.
The news was tweeted out by the Beaver County Times’ Chris Bradford.
Dupree underwent sports hernia surgery near the start of the season after missing most of camp and all the preseason games trying to rest and recover. He did admit that at one point in camp, he pushed himself a little too hard, a little too early, and may have only worsened the injury.
His absence has been felt dearly through the first seven games. As we’ve covered numerous times, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ pass rush is not only the worst in the league but on a historical low. They’re on track for just 18 sacks this season, the lowest they’ve ever recorded since sacks became an official stat in 1982.
Outside linebackers are responsible for just 2.5 sacks, not even close to the ugly mark of 15 they set last year but one that suddenly looks like a miracle to repeat.
As Bradford’s tweet reminds us, Dupree is currently on injured reserve and will have to be activated to the 53 man roster. He would serve as the team’s to-return player, the only one allowed, which would officially shut down the season of everyone else – Senquez Golson, for example – who is on injured reserve or is placed there the rest of the season.