Rookie CB Cameron Sutton On Schedule To Return From IR After Week 8

Pittsburgh Steelers rookie cornerback Cameron Sutton has been on the teams Reserve/Injured list since the start of the regular season but it sounds like the hamstring injury that he’s been dealing with is close to being fully healed.

“Right on pace for what we need to do,” Sutton said Monday about his current status, according to Chris Adamski of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “And we’re right on track for getting me back to where I was playing at before — and how I was feeling before.”

Assuming Sutton doesn’t suffer any setbacks, the Steelers third-round selection will be eligible to return to the active 53-man roster after Week 8 of the regular season. Ahead of that happening and if cleared by the team’s medical staff, he can resume practicing in two more weeks.

Sutton, who dealt with a hamstring injury during training camp, reaggravated it in the Steelers preseason finale against the Carolina Panthers and was subsequently placed on the team’s Reserve/Injured list after the final round of cuts were made.

Sutton’s missed time, however, almost certainly has him behind the rest of the team even though he’s reportedly still been attending team meetings and being present on sideline during games.

“I’m still paying attention to all the calls and gameplans and everything throughout the course of the week,” Sutton said, per Adamski. “Only thing that I would just be missing is just the physical aspect of it, but that will come as soon as I am able.”

Come time Sutton is eligible to be placed back on the Steelers 53-man roster as one of the team’s two designated to return players this season, it will be interesting to see what the corresponding move might ultimately be. Currently, the Steelers have six cornerbacks on their 53-man roster and entering Week 5, all are presumably fully healthy.

As soon as Sutton begins practicing, a 21-day window for him being added to the active roster opens. Will the Steelers hold off letting him resume practicing in a few weeks if the rest of the cornerbacks on the 53-man roster continue to play well and more importantly, stay healthy? We’ll see in a few more weeks.

Sutton, who wore No. 20 during the preseason, now wears No. 34.

  • Thomas

    Question is, do we have a roster spot?

  • Chad H

    Big Dan’s spot

  • John Noh

    Has Coty Sensabaugh played a down this season? I have not seen or heard his number being called once.

  • GoSteelerz

    I’ve seen him on special teams, but not on defense. Will be interesting to see what they do if all are still healthy.

  • #beatthepats

    Good point, that could be his spot

  • steelburg

    Sensabaugh is easily the right call. Everything he does for the team now Sutton can also do. With Gay being moved out of the slot by Hilton he becomes exactly what they signed Sensabaugh in for a CB who can play both slot and outside and Sutton picks up the special teams duty that Gay probably can’t play effectively anymore. All this changes with a injury to the top 3 guys if that happens I see Brian Allen being the guy cut.

  • steeltown

    Special teams. Had a tackle in sundays game I believe.

  • steeltown

    That’d be my vote, but then thats an awful lot of DBs on roster

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Let him return punts along with AB!

  • Alex Kozora

    Not on defense, no.

  • Steve Johnson

    I would rather they keep seven then take a chance on releasing Brian Allen. I don’t think they would release William Gay, although I think this will probably be his last year. This will be interesting, the secondary is probably playing the best football since 2008/2010.

  • Arthur Branch

    Ely is useless since he is not returning punts.

  • dany

    They’re not gonna release Allen after keeping him through cuts, unless he makes a couple of dumb plays on sundays

  • colingrant

    Best thing about the 8-week IR is it forces players to stay on schedule and not return prematurely leading to re-injury. I forgot about him though. He’ll strengthen a pass defense that appears to be in the league’s top 33 percentile. Haven’t played against elite offenses but they’re 2nd in the league in defending the pass, so if playing top offenses it’s reasonable to assume a drop to 10th or so is to be expected. That’s good enough to win a super bowl. Not a prediction, just a thought

  • gdeuce

    Sensabaugh will get the boot, he hasn’t played a down on D at all this year

  • William Weaver

    A question bordering on blasphemy but, anyway it could be Deebo? Cody is #1 backup on outside I guess. Gay is nickel backup. Allen will get taken. Chickillo is main backup with Moats. Hate to say it but barring an injury somewhere to save his spot, Deebo might be the cut??

  • Matt Manzo

    I think it’d be Moats before Harrison.

  • Sam Clonch

    Sutton an obvious choice to return from the IR. Is there anyone else they could use the other spot on? Been doing good as far as injuries so far.

  • Sam Clonch

    I’ll answer my own question: no there isn’t. Certainly no need to bring back Adams, as others have said OLB is not in need.

  • Michael James

    No chance at all. If they cut an OLB, it would be Moats before Deebo. The only reason they aren’t using Deebo right now is because they want him to be as fresh as possible for the end of the season. They know he can still do things that Moats can’t even dream of (e.g. his monster game against the Dolphins in the playoffs or his game saving play against KC).
    Having said that, I’m pretty sure they would decide it between BigDan, Allen, Sensabaugh and Moats.

  • Steve Johnson

    Hmm! You could be right, I haven’t seen him play a down on Defense this year. Should they disrupt the chemistry in the secondary to bring in a guy that has already missed Training Camp and 1/2 the season too? If he’s healthy, this will be interesting.

  • Rocksolid20

    Gay would be an easy pick up by the Patriots .

  • steelburg

    Who said cut Gay? I said they should cut Sensabaugh.

  • gdeuce

    he doesn’t have to necessarily play on D, he can play special teams and possibly return punts

  • steeltown

    Yea, no guarantee WillieG or Sensabaugh are around next season. Could be looking at Burns, Haden, Sutton, Hilton and Allen

    Although I could still see Sutton displace Sensabaugh this year, if everyone is healthy

  • Thomas

    That makes some sense

  • Iulo

    agree… it could be also Moats or Coty…

  • Conserv_58

    I disagree. First, they like Adams, hence the reason why they didn’t cut him via an injury settlment. Secondly, I love, Deebo, but he will not be on this team next season. Adams would make for a suitable replacement for Deebo on the depth chart. The kid has a high upside and his draft status makes him very cap friendly.

  • Conserv_58

    Without hesitation.

  • Conserv_58

    That was a temporary demotion, per coach Tomlin’s Tuesday press conference.

  • Conserv_58

    Correct. He has played on ST’s though.

  • Conserv_58

    Not gonna happen because he does provide some value as depth at the NT position.

  • Sam Clonch

    Agree this is probably James last year, and they aren’t in a rush to get rid of Adams. But they aren’t going to be in a rush to bring him back from the IR, either. It’s not like he lit it up in preseason, he has STs potential, but no experience. He has a good shot at making the team next year with James and Moats likely gone, but if they bring in a FA or draft someone, he’s right back in a knife fight.

    Besides, who are you cutting to bring him back from the IR?