The injury suffered by Pittsburgh Steelers tackle Jerald Hawkins during Wednesday’s OTA practices is reportedly a torn quad, according to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com.
Steelers OT Jerald Hawkins suffered a torn quad in Wednesday’s team workout, per source. Backup left tackle is an Injured Reserve candidate. Was a big offseason for him.
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) May 30, 2018
Hawkins, who was selected in the fourth-round of the 2016 NFL Draft out of LSU, reportedly suffered his injury on Wednesday during a non-contact drill. It was previously reported that Hawkins had suffered a serious left knee injury.
Assuming Fowler’s report is truer, Hawkins will more than likely be lost for the entire 2018 season. He will likely end up on the team’s Reserve/Injured list at some point and will most definitely require surgery to repair his injury.
Hawkins also missed his entire rookie season due to a shoulder injury that he suffered during the team’s first preseason game.
“I thought yesterday he had one of his best days of his entire career,” Steelers guard Ramon Foster said of Hawkins after Wednesday’s practice. “So for whatever happened in there to have happened, I’m sure he was hurt by it. So, we’ll surround him, we’ll make sure we support him in the appropriate manner and we’ll be there for him and he’s going to need it.”