Steelers Start Clock On Injured Rookie CB Cameron Sutton

The Pittsburgh Steelers have now officially started the clock on rookie cornerback Cameron Sutton.

According to Burt Lauten, Sutton returned to practice on Tuesday as he now looks to return from a hamstring injury that resulted him starting the regular season on the team’s Reserve/Injured list. The Steelers now have 21 days to activate Sutton to their 53-man roster under the designated-to-return tag.

Sutton initially suffered his hamstring during training camp. Once he was deemed healthy enough to play, he re-aggravated the hamstring injury during the team’s preseason finale against the Carolina Panthers.

Now that Sutton has been on the team’s Reserve/Injured list for 8 weeks, he can be put on the 53-man roster at anytime during the next 21 days. The Steelers, however, would then need to release a player to make room for him when and if that ultimately happens. Cornerback Coty Sensabaugh would be a prime candidate to be be released in order to make rook for Sutton.

Should the Steelers ultimately decide to not place Sutton on their 53-man roster in 21 days he will have to remain on the Reserve/Inured list the remainder of the season.

Sutton was drafted this year by the Steelers in the third-round out of Tennessee.

  • Gluebucket

    So who goes when he comes back? I think it would have to be Sensabaugh?

  • WARisHELL

    What would his roll be? Replacing Coty, or pushing for Mr. Gay’s spot?

  • Sam Clonch

    I would think Jerald Hawkins may be a consideration. It’s not good that Feiler, who has been kicking around the league since 2014 but had never played a single snap on offense before Sunday night, is higher than him on the depth chart. At least Coty plays STs. Jerald is giving NOTHING to the team.

  • Nick Ewry

    People may not like it but Brian Allen would be cut way before Sensebaugh. If something were to happen to Burns or Haden you can’t feel comfortable putting Sutton or Allen out there.

  • SteelersDepot

    Steelers normally like to carry at least 9 offensive linemen on 53 and dress 7 so I will be surprised if Hawkins is the one.

  • Conserv_58

    IMO, the best case scenario would be to leave him on IR because they don’t need him right now. Besides, He’s missed way too much practice and game time to be of any use. He most likely wouldn’t get a hat on game due to so much missed time.

  • steelburg

    And why would you feel comfortable putting Sensabaugh out there they basically tried to hand him the job in the preseason and he couldn’t out perform Cockrell. Sensabaugh has reached his peak with this team. He is a special teams player only. I would much rather two young rookies with potential be kept over Sensabaugh. If someone goes down and the rookies are not ready they should role with the vet Will Gay.

  • dennisdoubleday

    LJ Fort, my guess. He’s been on the bubble before.

  • #beatthepats

    Or both

  • Steve Johnson

    Hmm! This time of year with so many injuries teams are dealing with, if they cut Brian Allen, a playoff team will suck him up in a heartbeat. The question is this, does he have more upside then Gay or Sensabaugh? If the answer is yes, it has to be Coty. I don’t think they would cut Gay just out of loyalty. But, I think it’s clear, this will be William Gay’s last year in Pittsburgh.

  • NW86

    This is the only downside to having such a healthy team (And no, I’m certainly not complaining, it’s a good problem to have). But usually by now, this would have taken care of itself with another player going to IR. Knock on would that this doesn’t still happen in the next 3 weeks.
    Barring that, I honestly don’t know. I know they want to keep draft picks like Allen, Hawkins, and Dobbs from being exposed to waivers, but it would have to be either a CB or someone who doesn’t usually get a helmet. Maybe Moats? Feiler, if the whole OL is healthy at that time?

  • Chad Weiss

    Imo might as well get rid of Justin Hunter. I just don’t see him being of any use .
    I am super excited about this kid. I can’t wait til he gets into the action but that’s not looking like it’s gonna be anytime soon barring injuries.

  • dennisdoubleday

    Or maybe MB really will be traded today. Failing that, they could also cut Hunter and not look back.

  • Thomas

    Either Big Dan or Sensabaugh is a gonner.

  • John Noh

    Wonder if Coty is on the trading block with just hours to go before the deadline. Not sure if he’d even get a 7th round back though.

  • Steve Johnson

    I don’t think so.

  • dennisdoubleday

    You might be right, Steve Johnson. We don’t have you to replace him anymore.

  • dennisdoubleday

    Ooh, forgot about Big Dan. He’s the best bet.

  • steelburg

    Agreed. Replacing Coty on special teams and pushing Gay for dime package snaps would be his role. I will also add that he may also allow them to take Brown off of punt return duties, Sutton gives them another option back there to return and field punts.

  • Steve Johnson

    lol. Nice Sarcasm. L.J. Fort? He’s much better than Moats, Chickillo or Matetavich.

  • dennisdoubleday

    The coaches don’t think so, though (neither do I), or they wouldn’t have been alternating cutting him and Steven Johnson.

  • Grandmaster Fistage

    How does one “re-aggregate” an injury?

  • Steve Johnson

    You know, if the secondary wouldn’t have gotten torched for 400+ yards Sunday night, I could possibly agree with you. Could the Steelers be thinking he could be a better option in the Dime than W. Gay? Sutton also plays Special Teams as well.

  • Stairway7

    You add all your injuries together and count them as one. 🙂

  • Steve Johnson

    Sometimes the Coaches aren’t always right. Sometimes Tomlin often rolls with the players he like then the best player available. Chickillo and Matetavich? Twice I recall those two made substitutions, both times the Defense was torched. Fan Favorites, great production in the preseason.

  • NW86

    They have carried 8 pretty frequently though over the past few years.

  • Conserv_58

    Yeah, they got torched for 400 yards and they still won the game.

    A better option in the dime? That’s a big maybe. Apparently you missed the part about Sutton missing so much time that it’s highly unlikely that his returning, eight games into the season, would make much if any difference. Why are so quick to diss on, Will Gay? He has contributed. Furthermore, Sutton’s not going to be physically up to game speed, after missing so much time, any more than Le’Veon was when he started the season.

  • Conserv_58

    To say that coach Tomling goes with the players he likes at the expense of the best player is complete and unsubstantiated nonsense.

  • Conserv_58

    Perhaps credit needs to be given to Feiler for improving enough for coach Munchak to put him in the game.

  • dennisdoubleday

    It definitely could be a tie-breaker, though–everybody wants workers who are easier to get along with.

  • NickSteelerFan

    What percentage do you think that they move a DB when he is activated vs. someone from another position? Luckily they have a while to figure it out and a lot could happen between now and then.

  • 6 ring circus

    Hate to see him wearing #34. Who are the last Steelers to wear it? I could look it up but the depot is full of sharp posters. Mendenhall, I know. He kinda quit football.

  • Jack Hambert

    I think you meant to say “role”. “Roll” would apply to Martavis Bryant… See what I did there…

  • 6 ring circus

    Agree

  • 6 ring circus

    I agree with conserve…too much time passed. The speed of the game can not be duplicated. I would LOVE to be wrong.

  • Conserv_58

    NFL head coaches have far too much pressure on them to win than to play those kinds of head games.

  • Steve Johnson

    Yes, they won the game, but that isn’t the formula to use for winning a game, especially going into the playoffs. To give up 400+ yards? And on top of everything else, too much confusion on the field as well.

    I’m not dissing on Gay; Sutton don’t have to start immediately, they can work him into the rotation as needed.

  • dennisdoubleday

    You don’t think Tomlin will let the headaches associated with Martavis to color his judgment about him, compared to the love fest that is JJSS? I would.

  • Steeler Fanatic

    How about Bryant and Moats to Indy for Hilton? There is a spot… $3m gone to acquire a burner that is not a headcase.

  • Conserv_58

    Of course they don’t want to give up 400 yards. That’s a given. As for the confusion, that’s directly related to poor communication. You said, Sutton would be a better option in the dime. I’m saying Sutton will eventually be better, especially once his legs get under him. Since he’s missed nearly all of training camp and the first eight games of this season there are no guarantees that he’s going to be ready to take the field, let alone, be better than Will is right now.

  • Conserv_58

    Martavis is an exception and not the rule.

  • Steve Johnson

    Sure, the same way he manages the clock during games. Although, I will admit he has done a better job in 2017. Tomlin isn’t perfect.

  • AndyR34

    I don’t think Steelers are giving up on Bryant. And why would Indy make that trade?

  • dennisdoubleday

    Nope, Hilton’s cap hit of $10M this year, $13 and $15 the next two years, doesn’t work at all.

  • Steve Johnson

    Exactly. That’s why I said Sutton doesn’t have to start immediately, they can work him into the rotation. And yes, I do believe he will be a better option over a 32 yr old CB. Gay has been demoted from CB to Slot, and now playing solely in the dime defense. His time is coming, there is a youth movement taking place. However, the only to find out is to give Sutton some playing time and see.

  • Steeler Fanatic

    Yikes. I didn’t realize his cap hit was so high.

  • Steeler Fanatic

    Cutting salary while getting a cheaper quality return. Bryant could be a number one there. Cap numbers don’t work though.

  • Steve Johnson

    You both could be right, I guess time will tell. The Coaches have 21 days to figure it out. I recall watching Sutton in the preseason, great anticipation and breaks on the ball much better than Artie Burns.

  • Bryant Eng

    I find it hard to believe that he will be activated at all. Realistically, this gives him a great shot to get 3 weeks of practice while also keeping what is essentially a 3 week back up plan in the event of injury. At this point, do you want to lose Brian Allen or Jerald Hawkins on waivers to a team thing at CB/LT (Eagles, Texans). No. You’ve committed half a years salary to a player under age 23, and there is no way Sutton sees defensive snaps.

  • Steeler Fanatic

    Walter Abercrombie?

  • Steeler Fanatic

    Cut Gay and take your chances until he can become active.

  • Matt Manzo

    Can he play in the Colts game? I mean, can we use the Colts game to see if he’s ready or if he plays does that mean he has to stay on the 53?

  • Arthur Branch

    At least Sutton will be a competent punt returner. It looks like they have told AB to just fair catch everything.

  • Bryant Eng

    I’m assuming you either don’t watch football games or you are a generally uninformed consumer of football, because William Gay might be the best dime-back in all off football, he is our best option in the nickel (inside and outside) if Burns/Hilton/Haden are injured, and he is also our emergency safety. If I were you I would be embarrassed by that comment.

  • Bryant Eng

    No. If he is activated we’d have to cut someone to make room on the 50 man.

  • srdan

    In my opinion his role would be to practice on defense to get used to the speed of the game, and contribute as a gunner on ST.

  • Dorian James

    Dave, if they activate him whose helmet are you going to take? or is he going to stay inactive?

  • Dorian James

    Yep, I think it’s safe to say that Mike Tomlin is a Deebo guy, and look where he is at

  • Sam Clonch

    Good point.

  • NinjaMountie

    Didn’t the article say they would probably release Sensabaugh?

  • Charles Haines

    kind of excited to see this defense with Sutton in the mix. will d.smith give him a shot at returning? seems like he’s better than anyone else they have

  • DSG

    How about mcullers

  • MintDragon

    Plus, we already have a Hilton on this team. 🙂

  • 6 ring circus

    Not a bad player. I knew it wasnt Andy…!

  • MintDragon

    Honestly tho. I relish even being able to have this kind of discussion vs previous years, when we had to juggle Valentino and Shamarko in the DB discussions. Great to have depth finally.

  • Reader783

    In what world is LJ Fort better than Matekevich? No offense, but you gotta watch some film if you think that. Tyler fills holes, makes stops at the line and covers way better than LJ does. He’s also a much better special teams player in my estimation.

    If you wanna use small sample sizes to justify your position, I recall LJ Fort checking into the goal line defense a couple weeks ago and getting torched for the easiest TD ever allowed when he committed to the run immediately and left the TE to a free release.

  • Reader783

    I think if Sutton makes the team he will replace a player who is currently active in Sensabaugh, so the inactive list wouldn’t change.

  • Reader783

    Harsh…

  • Ed Smith

    Truth hurts sometimes…

  • pittsburghjoe

    It’s like a chess piece.

  • Nathaniel Sullivan

    No one would have to go on the inactive list. He would most likey replace coty, whom already stays active every game.

  • Dorian James

    I hadn’t thought about that, isn’t he on field goal defense?

  • Dan

    I completely forgot about Sensabaugh.

  • francesco

    Well you know what you have in JWatts and JuJu. Now time to see what you got in Sutton (3rd round pick).

  • SilverSteel

    Agreed

  • SilverSteel

    Harrison sitting on the bench this week. Not nonsense. Many examples. Were you here for the Blake era?

  • SouthernSteel

    Wouldn’t it be great if Sutton is a baller….no need to make a move for at least a week…couldn’t agree more on sens being odd man out..

  • Dan Peck

    If Sutton stays on IR for the year does this extend his rookie contract and Steelers rights for a year? If so I would keep him on IR and get a cheep 5th year out of him.

  • Q Fourtyfive Unowho

    Lol made my day

  • Rick Williams

    I would let Justin Hunter go. I am not sure he has done anything all season anyhow.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    he’s been okay on special teams.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    only during tuitt’s injury.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    sensa is on special teams. its possible.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    not going to happen this year. hunter, is prime candidate.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    deangelo williams.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    doubt it with tuitt injured. hunter is best bet. sensabaugh has been decent on st.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    agreed.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    gay isnt the problem. burns and mitchell were the ones who gave up the most yards.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    hunter

  • Michael Mosgrove

    they wont get rid of feiler because he is needed as emergency tackle since hawkins is on ir. hunter is weakest in security.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    hawkins, zumwalt, and golson all had mahor injury problems first few years in league. they are 3 draft picks that have hurt us.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    disagree. he’s been one of the few consistent st players.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    better than chickillo is a very big stretch.

  • 6 ring circus

    Bingo…Damn, how soon I forgot. A significant contributor to the effort, too

  • Alan Tman

    I am not getting rid of anyone for someone who has not proven that he can remain healthy, so he would have to stay on IR.

  • dany

    Yeah I’m 100% certain unless there’s an injury, a secondary injury in particular, he’ll stay on the IR. Why rock a boat that has been cruising for the past half season?

  • MC

    I say activate him for Coty. Coty hasn’t really contributed other than as a gunner on punts which im sure Sutton can take over. Then you will also have another contender for the returner positions with Sutton.

  • Petherson Silveira

    Let´s bring Senquez Golson to Practice Squad. Let´s try one more time, to see if he can practice with pads.

  • Conserv_58

    Mike has this team at 6-2 and in #1 team in the AFC. That makes your beef about his clock management moot. certainly likes Deebo, as he should. When it comes to Deebo getting on the field or not that’s up to, DC, Keith Butler and Joey Porter is his position coach.

  • Conserv_58

    Zumwalt was the Byron Leftwich of the defense.

  • Conserv_58

    Bob Labriola agrees with me. I watch yesterday’s practice report this morning and when the subject of Sutton came up, Labriola said precisely what I did.

  • Conserv_58

    Mark my words, Sutton will not be given a spot on the final 53 for the reasons I told you. He’ll get valuable experience in the next twenty-one days, but he won’t be replacing anyone unless there is an injury. He’ll be kept on injured reserve.

  • Conserv_58

    Hunter is what he is, a back up. He can contribute and has, but when push comes to shove he has the least amount of value compared to those mentioned.

  • Conserv_58

    Tuitt being injured isn’t why McCullers is still on the roster. Alualu was signed to be the primary back up to Tuitt and Heyward. McCullers key role is as Hargrave’s back up. I’m sure that coach Mitchell would use McCullers at DE, but it would be as a last resort.

  • Conserv_58

    Rashard Mendenhall

  • Conserv_58

    No it isn’t. It’s the truth and in your case the truth hurts.

  • Conserv_58

    No. He can’t play in the Colts game because he’s not ready. He’s not ready because he’s a rookie that has missed far too much time to be anywhere near ready to play. Besides, any coach worth their salt wouldn’t risk using a regular season game to see if a player in Sutton’s position is ready.

    Sutton will not be activated because the Steelers defense is playing well enough to not need him.

  • Conserv_58

    You’ll have to wait until next season because he’s not going to be activated this season unless another player is injured.

  • Chad Weiss

    Lol a 100℅ ?

  • capehouse

    LJ Fort? You see him give up like 3 TDs this year?

  • capehouse

    You can’t be serious. Coty might not be good but he’s started 29 games in his career. Played in 80. He’s not just a specialteams player. That’s just his role now. I’d say he beat out Cockrell too since he was traded away. They might go with Gay on the outside incase of injury but Coty plays over Allen so there’s that.

  • Dorian James

    Maybe you have the wrong post, I don’t recall mentioning anything about clock management or complaining about Mike tomlin’s coaching on this topic. As a matter of fact, I’m sure I was agreeing with your post about coach’s playing head games

  • Michael Mosgrove

    Don’t insult lefty.

  • Kevin78

    They aren’t going to leave him on IR if he is healthy. The fact that they started him practicing when they did not have to do so, likely means that they want to activate him.

  • Roblisberger

    What are you the GM of the Steelers? Why are you stating that he’s not going to be activated like it’s a fact, you aren’t at practice every day. I agree that Gay/Allen shouldn’t be released to make room because of Gay’s role and Allen being a special teams player that has potential as a starter down the road, but you have no clue how much the team likes Sensabaugh and if he is even the first option at backup. The team could easily see Sutton as backup potential and he also provides a unique skill set at punt returner where the team currently has a hole. It’s definitely a toss up whether or not he gets activated but stop acting like a know it all. If there was no chance they probably wouldn’t have activated him

  • Kevin78

    No.

  • I think it’s a bit of a stretch to say Zumwalt hurt us. He was a 6th round pick. Mike Hilton playing well lessens the Golson blow, and Hawkin is yet to be determined

  • Reader783

    Easy, I was joking

  • steelburg

    Sutton will play over Sensabaugh. Burns, Haden, Hilton, Gay Sutton. We are talking about Sensabaugh being the 6th CB and and Allen the 7th. Even if injuries hit that 6th guy still won’t play on defense so it’s pointless to keep him around. Although he has experience the team is high on Sutton and high enough on Allen. To have kept him around this long. Sensabaugh was always an insurance policy and now that we have Haden combined the emergence of Hilton, Coty is not needed.

  • capehouse

    Maybe Sutton will play. Who knows. Hardly seen the guy. He’s gotta be so far behind. If an injury happens to either Haden or Burns I’m sure the Steelers will play Gay on the outside, but who are they gonna put on the outside in the Dime? They use the Dime a lot this year, so there’s a good amount of snaps going to someone. You think Sutton is ready even though he’s so far behind, or a raw play like Allen? Gonna be a tough cut if they decide Sutton is ready but right now Coty is a veteran that’s gotta a lot of snaps under his belt.