The Pittsburgh Steelers welcomed back rookie cornerback Terry Hawthorne to the practice field on Monday, but the three other injured cornerbacks remain sidelined as Curtis Brown (ankle), Cortez Allen (knee) and DeMarcus Van Dyke (hamstring) are not practicing, according to a few media reports on Twitter.
Allen, who had minor knee surgery over a week ago, is not expected to practice for at least a few more weeks as the primary focus is to have him back healthy for the season opener. Van Dyke and Brown are likely day-to-day at this point.
Joining the three cornerbacks on the side Monday was undrafted free agent guard Chris Hubbard (unknown). Hubbard played 35 snaps at left guard Saturday night in the preseason opener against the New York Giants.
As for Hawthorne being back on the field, Will Graves of the Associated Press reports that rookie wide receiver Markus Wheaton welcomed him back personally to the field by beating him deep twice for touchdowns.
Out today: OG Chris Hubbard, CBs Cortez Allen, Curtis Brown; CB Terry Hawthorne, out since start of camp, is practicing
— Chris Bradford (@BCTBradford) August 12, 2013
Terry Hawthorne welcomed to practice by getting beat by Wheaton for a 25 yd TD pass. Ben throwing.
— Will Graves (@WillGravesAP) August 12, 2013