PITTSBURG — The Steelers welcomed safety Trenton Thompson back to the practice field, as he was seen participating in drills during the individual media period. Thompson is one of three injured safeties to watch, including Minkah Fitzpatrick and Keanu Neal. Thompson suffered a blow against the Indianapolis Colts and missed Saturday’s win against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Mike Tomlin said Thompson was expected to be limited early in the week and the team would see where his participation took them from there.
Tomlin did not update the status of Neal, who was eligible to return from the injured reserve list for the past two weeks but has not yet returned to practice due to a leg injury. ribs. But Thompson’s return would give the team a needed boost with its depth at the safety position.
The Steelers were down their top four safeties against the Cincinnati Bengals, but emphatically Patrick Peterson and Eric Rowe were big standouts. The team received interceptions from both players and while both had some flaws, for a makeshift group, the veterans shined.
“I can’t say enough about the contributions of guys like Pat Peterson, Eric Rowe and Myles Jack,” said head coach Mike Tomlin. “We talked last week, particularly about Rowe and Jack, about the importance of their presence. We didn’t have them on the practice squad as players, we had them on the practice squad as skill players. Guys we can call on and give up work, effort and their college type games reflect that. We got sacked by Jack, had an interception by Rowe and Pat in his first full-time game as a safety. I really appreciate the effort and versatility of the group.
These reinforcements will be essential for the Steelers against a talented Seahawks receiving corps. With linebacker injuries as well, any help from the safety position is necessary.
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