Steelers Rookie DE Nick Williams Injures Knee During Wednesday Practice

The Pittsburgh Steelers have now wrapped up their Wednesday training camp practice that included some live tackling. Head coach Mike Tomlin indicated that they will continue to ramp up the live tackling perhaps more this year in training camp than other years because he feels that it is appropriate.

“It\’s just appropriate in today\’s NFL,” said Tomlin. “You know we\’ve got off days. We only get a chance to practice once a day and those type things. There are fewer and fewer opportunities to sort themselves out. We\’ve got to sort through a lot of young guys. We\’ve got to take advantage of the opportunities to show and improve and that\’s what that\’s about.”

As far as injuries on Wednesday, Tomlin said rookie defensive end Nick Williams, the Steelers seventh-round draft pick this past April, suffered a knee injury and that he needs to be evaluated. Tomlin also said the hamstring injury suffered by cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke on Monday could be significant. That means the young cornerback will more than likely be sidelined a while.

As far as the other injured players, cornerback Cortez Allen (knee) and rookie cornerback Terry Hawthorne (knee) remain status quo, according to Tomlin and he termed them as being day-to-day.

There are no changes in the status of the four players on the PUP list outside of it beng reported on Wednesday that tight end David Johnson (knee) needed another procedure done on his knee.

We will have our normal full practice recap later on this evening.

  • Stephen Dale

    Hate this injury for Williams. Thought he might help this year or next.

  • SteelersDepot

    This year? No way that was going to happen. John Mitchell admitted during the draft that Williams is “a project”.

  • Matt Searls

    Dang he kneeds to heal fast. Pun

  • dgh57

    Hope this isn’t a serious injury as I like to see what all the draft picks can do. If it is I guess it gives more reps to Brian Arnfelt and/or Cordian Hagans in practice/games.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I hope this guys recovers fast. Nice to know whether he is worth a PS spot or not.

  • SteelerFanInMD

    Maybe Tomlin should have all of his players wear a knee brace during practice, not just the O-line.

  • Steve

    Can still have knee injuries with the brace. They stop the leg from being bent backwards or sidewards, but if hit strait on by a helmit or such, it can still get injuried.

  • Shea Fahr

    Serious injury or not, the young man is going to need two or three years to develop as just a back up…It is big boy time now.

  • steeltown

    This kid was bound for the PS regardless..if its a serious injury he might just be placed on IR before the regular season. Hope he heals up sooner than later