Defensive Ends Cameron Heyward And Nick Williams Reportedly Sidelined On Thursday

The Pittsburgh Steelers have already started their Thursday training camp practice as they continue to prepare to take on the New York Giants Saturday night in their 2013 preseason opener.

Not practicing on Thursday are the usual suspects as cornerbacks Cortez Allen (knee), Terry Hawthorne (knee), DeMarcus Van Dyke (hamstring) and Curtis Brown (ankle) remain sidelined with their injuries, according to Jim Wexell of Steel City Insider.

Tight end Matt Spaeth (foot) is also out Thursday after injuring his foot Wednesday. Head coach Mike Tomlin said earlier in the day during his press conference that Spaeth was back in Pittsburgh having his injury further evaluated.

Wexell also reports that defensive ends Nick Williams (unknown) and Cameron Heyward (unknown) are also sidelined on Thursday. Williams missed several practices early in training camp with a knee injury, so perhaps it flared up on him again. There is no word as to why Heyward is sidelined.

ETA: Wexell has now added wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders to his list of players not working on Thursday.

  • steeltown

    Hmmm.. interesting that our supposed next generation DLinemen are the ones sidelined and not the elders.. if its injury related I sure hope its not serious

  • Brendon Glad

    Yeah, ain’t that the truth? I think either Ike or Ryan Clark should double as strength-and-conditioning coach. (But I knocked on wood as I typed that…cuz we all know how that goes when you mention it).

  • Ahmad

    Can’t catch a break but I’m trying not to complain too much. All of these injuries do appear to be minor and we have been fortunate enough to avoid season ending injuries (knock on wood) Nik Embernate, excluded.

  • steeltown

    Agreed.. as far as starters go anyway