The Pittsburgh Steelers first OTA session of the 2013 season got underway on Tuesday, and it appears that first-round draft pick, linebacker Jarvis Jones, might have aggravated a hamstring injury that suffered during his March Pro Day, according to a Tuesday evening report by Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was asked about Jones following Tuesday\’s practice and of course he really didn\’t elaborate any in his response.
“He\’s capable of practicing, which he did,” said Tomlin. “Had a good day.”
David Todd of ESPN 970 Radio was at the Steelers practice on Tuesday and he told me that he did not see Jones at all, so make of that what you will. Todd also told that he did not see seventh-round draft pick defensive end Nick Williams work on Tuesday either and that he had some sort of wrap around his mid section. Tomlin, however, was not asked about the status of Williams.
You never like to hear about any player possibly missing time on the first day of OTA\’s with an injury, but at least it is still very early and it only appears that it might be a hamstring injury of some sorts that Jones is suffering from. We will just have to wait and see if he is able to get on the field over the course of the next few days.
As far as linebacker Sean Spence and tight end Heath Miller go, Tomlin was asked to update their rehab progress as well after practice.
“As of right now, they\’re on schedule and we\’re pleased at where they are, and we\’ll just continue to take it day by day,” said Tomlin. “When that day comes, it will be a good day.”
Neither Spence, nor Miller, both of whom are rehabbing serious knee injuries suffered last year, are expected to practice any during the off-season and both are expected to start training camp on the Active PUP list. Spence isn\’t expected to play at all this season, while the hope for Miller, who was reportedly looking good and moving around without a limp on Tuesday, is that he will be ready for the start of the season.