Pittsburgh Steelers rookie cornerback Terry Hawthorne returned to the practice field on Monday in a limited fashion as he looks to work his way back into contention for a spot on the 53 man roster as training camp slowly begins to wind down. While camp might be ending soon, there are still three preseason games left for him to make an impression in.
Hawthorne\’s situation is similar to that of fellow cornerback Cortez Allen just a few short years ago. Allen had missed quite a good portion of training camp and the first three preseason games with hamstring/quad type injury and there were several suggesting he even be placed on injured reserve so that he would not be risked to the waiver process in an attempt to get him to the practice squad.
Allen fought through the injury and was finally able to play in the preseason finale against the Carolina Panthers, and he did not disappoint. Allen recorded two total tackles and three passes defended in that game with one of those defensed passes resulting in an interception by Will Allen.
Hawthorne is certainly behind Josh Victorian and Isaiah Green right now in the race for the fifth and possibly sixth cornerback spot on the roster, and he needs to get out of the starting blocks by following up Monday\’s presence in practice with another participation on Wednesday as the team returns to the field following a day off.
The Black Cat still has plenty of lives left.