Virtually a week into training camp, and Steeler Nation already has something to worry about. Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Cortez Allen underwent surgery on his right knee. Allen has been sidelined since Saturday because of the injury.
As usual, head coach Mike Tomlin downplayed the injury when explaining it in a written statement.
“We wanted him to get the surgery done now so he can begin rehabilitating immediately,” Tomlin stated. “This surgery was a minor procedure and will have no long-term effects on his return to the field. We look forward to his rehabilitation process and having him back on the field in a couple of weeks.”
This means that Allen will definitely miss the Steelers’ preseason opener against the New York Giants on Aug. 10. However, he could possibly return for the next game on Aug. 19 versus the Washington Redskins. Backup cornerback William Gay will step in in Allen’s absence.
In addition to the injury to Allen, more of Pittsburgh’s defensive backs are ailing. Cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke has been hampered with a hamstring injury that Tomlin called “significant.” Along with Van Dyke, rookie cornerback Terry Hawthorne was held out of practice as well.
With the “minor” injury to Allen, the “significant” injury to Van Dyke and having Hawthorne sidelined, the Steelers’ depth in the secondary is currently a bit on the thin side. Having limited choices in the secondary and three aging starters could cause some concern during the early part of training camp. Let’s just hope that Allen’s knee is as “minor” as Tomlin says it is.
Clyde A. Speller is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ClydeASpeller, or add him to your network on Google+