Steelers G Justin Cheadle Suffered A Significant Hamstring Injury Monday

As expected, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin updated the condition of guard Justin Cheadle after practice Wednesday and said the young offensive lineman suffered a significant hamstring injury when he went down Monday during practice.

The initial fear was that Cheadle suffered a serious knee injury that resulted in him being carted off the practice field.

Cheadle played 35 total snaps Saturday night in the preseason opener against the New York Giants at both right guard and center.

At worst, it was looking like Cheadle might make the practice squad this year, so his hamstring injury will certainly be a speed bump for him to overcome. At least the injury wasn\’t to his knee, so perhaps he can get himself back healthy to compete in the preseason finale against the Carolina Panthers.

Cheadle ended the 2012 season on the Steelers practice squad and was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Kansas City Chiefs last April.

  • Mike.H

    re: the hamstring injury, was it a pull, contusion, bad bruise?

  • Shannon Stephenson

    A bad hamstring can last more than a few weeks.

  • Richard Edlin

    Have to wait and see – Kelvin Hayden tore his hamstring last week and he’s out for the season. (6-8 months for a complete tear.)

  • DoctorNoah

    “significant” hamstring injury is subjective as a term. In severe cases in competitive athletes, some of these actually need operative repair. Whether it’s a 2- or 3-tendon tear, with or without retraction, it’s often a several month injury to rehab from, and, in football terms, may mean the whole season. I don’t need to remind the readers of Steelers Depot of the big name players who have been hamstrung, pun intended, by their hamstring injuries for an entire season…

  • gene mann

    Yes it will hurt his shot at the roster he was being groomed at center Now Beachum is getting time and Whimper moved to Guard. I hope Long finally gets a shot at Tackle Lt or Rt

  • dgh57

    The Doctor has spoken! Thanks!

    What about the Lisfranc injury with Spaeth? How long could he be out?

  • DoctorNoah

    Spaeth, with an operative Lisfranc? Months. Not a fun injury – either fractured through or tore the ligaments around the major mid foot joint. Painful and protracted rehab…

  • dgh57

    I haven’t heard how severe the injury is to Spaeth foot. I’ve heard it might only be a sprain then I hear he had surgery. I don’t think they do surgeries on sprains so that leads me to believe it’s more than a sprain. What do you think, do they IR him or is it IR with Designation to Return tag?

  • DoctorNoah

    My honest guess is that he’s done for the season. Three months is a conservative estimate. But, again, we’re going on speculation. I don’t know what the actual injury was, nor what they had to do to fix it.

  • cencalsteeler

    I have to agree Doc. Same injury happened to Phillip Thomas and they say he’s done for the year.

  • Milliken Steeler

    They are talking about 8 to 10 weeks. I don’t think he’ll be out the whole season as they said it wasn’t a break.

    With three weeks left in the pre season, I’m guessing at a possible return between the 6th and 8th game of the season maybe?