The Pittsburgh Steelers just released their final injury report ahead of their Sunday night Week 1 road game against the New England Patriots and the Friday offering shows that safety Sean Davis (ankle) isn’t very likely to play in that contest.
After failing to practice once again on Friday, Davis, who suffered an ankle injury in the team’s third preseason game, was listed as doubtful for the Sunday night game against the Patriots.
With Davis very unlikely to play, first-year safety Kameron Kelly is expected to start Sunday night in his place. Kelly, who entered the NFL originally in 2018 with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent out of San Diego State, will play in his first NFL regular season game Sunday night. The Steelers signed Kelly to their offseason roster this past April after the AAF folded.
In the 6 games that Kelly played on the defensive side of the football for the San Diego Fleet of the now-defunct AAF, he was credited with 14 total tackles, 9 passes defensed and 4 interceptions. 3 of those interceptions came against the Salt Lake Stallions in Week 5. He was named the AAF’s defensive player for Week 5 a few days later.
At the 2018 scouting combine, Kelly reportedly measured in at 6015, 204-pounds with 31 3/4-inch arms and 8 7/8-inch hands. He reportedly ran his 40-yard dash in 4.66-seconds, had a vertical jump of 33.0-inches and a broad jump of 10’0″. His short shuttle time was reportedly 4.28-seconds and his 3-cone-time was 6.94-seconds. In his for seasons at San Diego State, Kelly registered 10 interceptions, 165 total tackles and 17 total pass breakups.
As for Steelers inside linebacker Mark Barron, who was added to the team’s injury report on Thursday after not practicing due a to coaches decision, he practiced fully on Friday. As a result of that, Barron wasn’t not given a game status designation on the final injury report and thus should be expected to play against the Patriots Sunday night.