It has been a rough going for Pittsburgh Steelers rookie cornerback Terry Hawthorne, but it looks like things are starting to get better for him as Jim Wexell of Steel City Insider reports Monday that the Illinois product is dressed for practice after missing nearly all of training camp with a knee problem.
Hawthorne, who also missed nearly all of the Steelers offseason practices because of minor knee surgery that was needed to remove bone chips, practiced briefly at the start of training camp, but has been sidelined ever since.
The Steelers could really use an extra body at the cornerback position being as Cortez Allen, Curtis Brown and DeMarcus Van Dyke have also been joining Hawthorne on the not practicing list.
Hawthorne was viewed as one of the top defensive prospects in the nation heading into the 2012 college season, but uneven play and injury concerns dropped his 2013 draft stock considerably.
If things go well this week, hopefully Hawthorne can suit up for the Steelers second preseason game a week from today against the Washington Redskins.