Steelers CB Cortez Allen Progressing Nicely As Third Preseason Game Approaches

Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Cortez Allen missed nearly all of training camp after having minor knee surgery several weeks ago, but head coach Mike Tomlin hinted Thursday that the third-year player might be healthy enough to play Saturday night in the third preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

According to Bob Labriola of Steelers Digest, Tomlin said on the Thursday edition of Steelers Live that there\’s a possibility Allen might see his first action of the preseason should things go well this week in practice.

Allen returned to the practice field last week, but did not play Monday night against the Washington Redskins. On Thursday, Allen told Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that his knee is improving, and that he\’s able to test it more and more. Despite all the optimism, however, the starting cornerback refused to guarantee he would play against the Chiefs.

“I\’m going to do what I can to get back on the field but first and foremost I want to make sure when I go, I have no setbacks,” he said.

While it would indeed be great if Allen winds up being able to get back on the field Saturday night, the last thing you want to see him do is rush it and suffer a setback. The Steelers will have a fourth preseason game left to play a week from today, so he\’ll still have an opportunity to get some playing time should he not be able to go against the Chiefs.

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  • cencalsteeler

    Ray needs to change his avatar. It makes him look like a Ravens fan.

  • Jakob

    I say hold him this week and let him play week 4, but maybe thats because Bell’s injury situation is still fresh in my mind.

  • Milliken Steeler

    Exactly. Cortez showed what he can do last year and that is why we have him listed as our starter. Its a risk not worth taking as we can get a nice look at the Black Cat Terry Hawthorne. This guy is going to be a stud and I want to see him play.

  • Jazz

    The last thing this guy should do is rush things. I hope he waits another week just 2b on the safe side.

  • Ahmad

    After what happened to Bell I don’t want him playing this week. Get that knee healthy and maybe he can take some snaps next week against the Panthers.

  • falconsaftey43

    Bell’s injury had nothing to do with his previous knee injury. He said he was pushing the pile and someone rolled up on his foot. That said, of course Allen should be cautious and only come back if the knee is 100%.

  • Shea Fahr

    ..or Vikings..

  • DerpinDickard

    I agree, but in Bell’s defense a bruised knee isn’t sign that a Lisfranc injury is coming soon. He needed game time rep and get all the first game gitters out just in case he had any.

  • steeltown

    He looks like Flacco at first glance… no bueno

  • steeltown

    I sort of agree.. obviously we want reps for Cortez, but he can still get some next week. It would be nice for Hawthorne and C.Brown to get more reps against better competition.. not to leave out Victorian and I.Green either