Steelers Opt Not To Start Practice Clock This Week On Rookie CB Cameron Sutton

As of Tuesday, Pittsburgh Steelers rookie cornerback Cameron Sutton was officially eligible to start practicing with the team as he looks to return from a hamstring injury. While Sutton was eligible to start practicing again this week, the team has apparently decided to let him keep working on the side for now.

“If I could go today, I would,” Sutton said Wednesday, according to Joe Rutter of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Assuming that Sutton is now healthy enough to resume practicing, the Steelers probably decided not to start the 21-day window now on their first of two third round draft picks this year and that makes sense being as they don’t really need him right now due to their secondary currently being fully healthy. Additionally, by not starting the clock right now on Sutton it will give the Tennessee product some extra time to strengthen his hamstring more.

When Sutton was placed on the Steelers Reserve/Injured list at the start of the regular season, NFL rules stipulate he could not practice for six weeks and also that he wouldn’t be eligible to be added to the team’s 53-man roster as one of their two allotted designated-to-return players until after Week 8.

Once Sutton is finally allowed to resume practicing, a 21-day practice window will then open. By the end of those 21 days, the Steelers must either place Sutton on their 53-man roster or keep him on their Reserve/Injured list for the remainder of the season.

With the Steelers bye week now just a few weeks away, the team might ultimately decide to open Sutton’s practice window in Week 10 after their week off. That makes the most sense as we sit here in Week 7.

For now, Sutton will continue doing what he’s done for the last several weeks and that’s working on the side while attempting to try to stay caught up with any changes with the defense.

“I do the whole practice, the whole plays, run between the periods,” Sutton said. “I do all the stuff. It’s not like I’m not practicing. I’m just not doing it with the team.”

Sutton initially suffered his hamstring injury during the team’s training camp and he re-injured it during the Steelers preseason finale against the Carolina Panthers.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Rest up, young buck. If we need ya, we’ll call ya up. Get that hammy to 1000% and keep sharpening that mind. Your turn and time will come soon enough. We got ballers out there right now ballin’.

  • Brenton deed

    I wonder whom they cut to
    make room for him… hope they don’t risk Allen.

  • Steeler Nation!

    Grimble

  • Jaybird

    That leaves them with only 2TEs . I don’t like Grimble anymore , but I can’t see going with only 2TEs. Do we even have a TE on the PS?

  • Jaybird

    If it ain’t broke , don’t fix it. Maybe they just shelve Sutton the rest of the year and put him on IR. He’s going to be way behind the rest of the DBs. So maybe the best thing is to stick with the secondary we currently have , which has been just fine, and IR Cam till next year.

  • Steeler Nation!

    I know that’s not our norm. But Grimble isn’t offering anything. But Hubbard, when not pressed into a starting OL role, is our 3rd TE in a heavy package. Keeping Grimble was a mistake, unless the goal was poor ST play.

  • Michael Joseph Jackson

    Daniel McCullers

  • Alan Tman

    The only way Sutton comes back is if someone gets hurt. This defense is balling so we don’t need to rock the boat for someone who couldn’t stay on the field.

  • Rocksolid20

    I second that .

  • T3xassteelers

    IMO, if we have a guy like Sutton ready to go, god forbid someone go down, that’s a great problem cause he looked sharp in preseason! Bright future ahead for him..

  • Patricia McClary Harris

    Grimble came through very well last year, I don’t understand what all the hate is about with fans of the Nation. He runs better and he is athletic. The other TE’s have had three turn, an both seem to be underachieving so far. Grim is mismatch for defenses IMO if we’re only asking what has shown at TE. Let’s be fair.

  • Patricia McClary Harris

    The guy way more at athletic and has more football speed than what we’ve featured thus far.

  • Brenton deed

    Oh yes …he can go!

  • John Pennington

    McGee is in the PS

  • Bradys_Dad

    Rosie Nix can line up as the TE as well.

  • SilverSteel

    Very happy with the secondary right now. I forgot what it’s like to have good corner play. Changes the whole defense. Haden and Hilton are a breath of fresh air. And they are getting better weekly. Loving it.

  • SilverSteel

    Agreed. Let Allen quietly get better till we need him.

  • SilverSteel

    What a great problem to have. Too many good DBs. Who would have thought that a year ago?

  • Steeler Nation!

    McDonald is a better athlete. Grimble is more athletic than JJ, but he is too soft. Can’t be trusted to get the job done in run game or on FG unit. I know he made a big grab for TD vs Ravens last year. Ayers and Hamilton made a few plays in that game as well. I don’t see those guys hanging around any more either. And I don’t remember Grimble doing much else helpful last year beyond that one instance.

  • Steve Johnson

    If they add him to the 53 Man Roster this year, who gets cut? For now, I’m thinking Justin Hunter.

  • Michael James

    I’m a bit torn on this one. It would be nice to let him breath some actual NFL air, this kind of experience accelerates his development exponentially. On the other hand: Who is cut for Sutton?

  • Patricia McClary Harris

    At some point McDonald or James have to solidify the position or we need to give Grimble a chance. On paper the other guys appear to be the answer.J just tired of waiting on them, given their starting experience. Again let’s be fair.

  • Patricia McClary Harris

    If Hunter can’t get on the field let him go. We have a nice set of receivers ahead of him IMO.

  • Patricia McClary Harris

    We will need Big Dan at some point this season. He brings valuable experience and size for the ,3-4 defense.

  • Brenton deed

    Yes you’re probably right… I seem to recall he was immovable on goal line stands… grimble then?

  • Brenton deed

    But he’s so “intriguing”…that size and speed.

  • AndyR34

    It’s not a question of being fair…such as in giving everybody an equal chance for playing time. As Deebo might say, there are no ‘participation trophies’ in the NFL. You earn your playing time by what you do in training camp and in practice every day. Apparently, Grimble has not done enough, period.

  • Steeler Nation!

    Grimble has been given a chance. And he is solidly the 3rd TE in an underperforming group. That’s why he’s expendable. McDonald does need to improve on catching the ball. He is clearly the best blocker. JJ needs to improve as the #2 or he too will soon be out of work. An upgrade may be required before next season, but Grimble sure isn’t it.

  • T3xassteelers

    Exactly! Lol, now if Burns can stop having mental lapses!

  • Patricia McClary Harris

    We settle for these so call pedigreed players and they just sit and earn a check. What have they given us lately. James was awful for a#1 in camp. My point is that Grimble helped out last year, and we need a spark at TE. Hope the James and McDonald can come on, but how long will it take.