Steelers TE Michael Palmer Injured During Wednesday’s Practice

In addition to recently losing fullback Will Johnson to ankle sprain, the Pittsburgh Steelers might have to close out their second week of OTA practices down a tight end as well.

According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, tight end Michael Palmer left Wednesday’s practice with an undisclosed injury.

If indeed Palmer is forced to sit out on Thursday, backups David Paulson, Rob Blanchflower and Eric Waters would all figure to receive more reps.

Blanchflower, of course, was drafted by the Steelers in the seventh-round of the 2014 NFL Draft, while Waters was signed as an undrafted free agent.

Palmer was claimed off waivers last August from the Seattle Seahawks after fellow tight end Matt Spaeth went down in training camp with a Lisfranc injury.

Palmer not only made the Steelers 53 man roster last year with Spaeth sidelined, he also dressed for all 16 games. During the season, he passed Paulson on the depth chart and wound up playing 132 total snaps mostly as a second tight end.

  • Matt Manzo

    Bad news for him, good news for Blanchflower! This could be the chance he needed?
    I’ve heard a few say Waters should impress too!

  • stellarsfan

    I never like to see a steeler go down with injury, but I had the same feeling. When I read this headline, first thing I thought was blanchflower. I’m a big fan of his and really hope he makes the 53.

  • steeltown

    Too bad for Palmer, I like him over Paulson but of course hope that Blanchflower excels and makes this club. We need new blood at that position, period.

  • Bradys_Dad

    Next Man Up !