Cortez Allen Likely To Play Versus Panthers

Steelers rookie cornerback Cortez Allen is likely to see his first preseason action Thursday night against the Panthers. Allen was asked by fellow rookie Baron Batch via Twitter this afternoon if he was good to go and Allen replied back, “Thank the Lord.”

Allen has been sidelined most of training camp and all of the preseason with a hamstring injury and he needs to get on the field if he still wants a shot to make the 53 man roster. The Steelers will likely only keep 6 or 7 cornerbacks this year and Allen could very well be battling free agent Donovan Warren for the 7th spot.

Should Allen indeed suit up, as he is suggesting he will, look for him to get extended work not only at corner, but on special teams in addition. Allen was drafted in the fourth round by the Steelers back in April out of the Citadel.

  • Bdavis843

    Don’t know why but I’ve had this outside hope that Cortez makes the team and I’ve never seen the guy play. The same goes for Mario Harvey. I got hyped up when he signed as a free agent. Has it been confirmed that Mario will play as well?

  • Thank God….

  • Pete

    The problem I see is that Allen as a 4th round pick may not easily clear waivers to go on the practice squad. He’s a 4th round pick which is nothing to throw away until you are absolutely sure the guy is a bust. They have no choice but to keep Allen or hope and pray he doesn’t get snatched when trying to clear waivers.

  • I have a good feeling about the pair of corners we drafted. Cortez the Killer!

  • John21

    I feel the same way @ Allen & Harvey. Actually, I was hoping that they put Allen on IR and ‘redshirt’ him. See if he gets ‘injured’ tinight. Harvey is a guy that I hope goes to the practice squad. Hope we can keep him. Same with Lyons, Clay, K Williams & Gray (who has already been cut).

  • John21

    Like the Neil reference