Steelers Place S Mike Mitchell, RB Alvester Alexander On PUP List To Start Camp

The Pittsburgh Steelers reported Friday to Latrobe for the start of training camp and the conditioning test has already been completed.

According to head coach Mike Tomlin, two players will begin training camp on the Active PUP list. Those two players are safety Mike Mitchell (groin) and running back Alvester Alexander (groin). Tomlin said he only expects Mitchell to be sidelined about a week or so and that he injured his groin during training.

Mitchell, who played last season with the Carolina Panthers, was signed during the offseason on the first day of free agency to replace the outgoing Ryan Clark, who the Steelers decided not to re-sign. Alvester spent most of the 2013 season on the Steelers practice squad.

With Mitchell temporarily sidelined, second-year safety Shamarko Thomas and veteran Will Allen figure to get quite a few extra snaps in his absence. Allen reportedly worked quite a bit with the first team defense at the strong safety position during the OTA practices while starter Troy Polamalu chose to stay home to continue training.

Two players have yet to report according to Tomlin and they are punter Adam Podlesh and guard Ramon Foster. Podlesh, according to Tomlin, has a very pregnant wife, while Foster had a death in his family.

The Steelers will practice for the first time on the fields of Saint Vincent College on Saturday.

  • GoSteelerz

    well, that’s more reps for Jordan Dangerfield, a guy I hope shows something and makes Will Allen expendable… At this point it may be a reach, but we’ve seen the best of Will Allen already and it was adequate, but that’s it. We really need these younger guys to step up, I hope Dangerfield can be one of them. I would like to see Will Allen become a coach for us, though, he knows the defense and the coaches and players seem to like him pretty well…

  • afrazier9

    That was one of the players i really wanted to see but i guess we can wait a week or so plus that give reps to thomas, golden, and allen so we can see what they do with the first team reps

  • Shea Fahr

    The bad part about it is we are unable to even speculate about a groin injury….

  • afrazier9

    i know and him and troy already have not worked together

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  • Matt Manzo

    Good news for Shark! These are gonna be valuable reps for him. I’m really looking forward to the back ups stepping up this year!

  • joed32

    He doesn’t get any respect!

  • Miguelipto

    And so it begins………at least Levi Brown made it to pre-game warm ups. So sick of these nuisance injuries.

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  • Steelers@2010

    Sidelined Already! C’mon Man! He must have injured his groin while he was unpacking his car, lol.

  • Dave Lammers

    not bad for day 1 and 2 left 2 show up and they realy aint holdouts

  • TNSteeltown

    Looking forward to an AFC North title this year!

  • Madi

    Glad to see Shamarko get some extra reps, but Mitchell is not on the list of guys that should be missing time. He needs all the reps he can get in this new defense with his new teammates.

  • joed32

    It was while training.

  • joed32

    Will they let Shark play free safety? I would like to see if he could if needed.

  • Steelers12328882

    This sucks. Our biggest acquisition and he’s already on ice? Good grief! Problem is it’s not more valuable reps for Shark, cause he won’t be ahead of Will Allen. Lose Lose in my opinion.

  • Jason Armes

    I heard it was Foster’s mother that passed away.

  • 太阳

    this that shxt I don’t like..