Steelers Shazier, McLendon, Heyward-Bey All Back In Pads Monday

The Pittsburgh Steelers are back practicing at Saint Vincent College Monday and already we have good news to pass along on the injury front.

According to Alex Kozora, rookie linebacker Ryan Shazier (knee/leg) is back in pads Monday after being sidelined for a week because of a knee or leg injury. It’s unknown whether or not the Steelers first-round draft pick will be allowed to participate fully Monday, but earlier in the day he did tell the media that he plans on playing Saturday night in the second preseason game against the Buffalo Bills.

Also back in pads Monday are nose tackle Steve McLendon (concussion) and wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey (concussion). Both players have missed several practices because of concussions.

Guard Ramon Foster (eye) also appears to be a go Monday after having to leave Saturday night’s preseason opener against the New York Giants because of an eye injury.

Tight ends Matt Spaeth (unknown) and Michael Palmer (unknown), however, both look as though they will sit out Monday’s practice. Palmer missed the preseason opener Saturday night for unknown reasons. Also sitting out Monday’s practice is safety Mike Mitchell (unknown).

UPDATE: While Shazier is back in pads, it doesn’t appear as though he will be allowed to do much Monday.

  • 70’s Fan

    From what I saw on Saturday, Mitchell needs the practice!

  • Ken

    Kinda wonder if Mitchell has a concussion from the big hit…

  • SteelCitysFinest

    I agree, he didn’t exactly make his presence known. I know on that long TD run that Heyward gave up his gap and Timmons was held but Mitchell took a horrible angle on that play. Holding happens and so do missed assignments but a FS should ALWAYS (except when blitzing) be in position to keep the play in front of them to make the tackle and Mitchell was over aggressive, took a poor angle, and was the reason that 73 yard TD wasn’t a 15 yard gash.

  • 70’s Fan

    Saw where someone was wondering if he’s fully recovered from whatever his problem was earlier in training camp. Maybe not?

  • SteelCitysFinest

    I believe it was a pulled groin and that could be the case or it could be him shaking off some rust from lack of practice reps.

  • Steelers@2010

    Shazeir is back because Spence is on a mission! Gotta love the depth at ILB, I see two defaults on that team, CB and Depth alongside the O/L.

  • Steve

    Would not be surprised if Foster wears a clear cover with his normal face mask.

  • Steve

    CB could be a problem but the OL is pretty much set. Still wonder why we didn’t pick a CB sooner in the draft? Do like the early picks but CB is a need.