Injured Burnett Getting Acclimated In Pittsburgh

The new Steelers safety returns to practice while recovering from a hamstring injury

Shelby Cassesse
August 01, 2018 - 3:06 pm
Morgan Burnett

LATROBE (93.7 The Fan) - Morgan Burnett said he is "getting there" in terms of being able to take a full practice. 

The new Steelers safety and eight-year NFL veteran arrived for his first training camp in Latrobe, received first-team reps, and subsequently suffered a minor hamstring injury, sidelining him from practice. He partially practiced on Monday, but said there is no set date for a full return. 

"I'm feeling good these days," he said. "We're just taking it day by day. There's not really no time limit on it, just going along with the protocol from the trainers."

Burnett is one of a handful of Steelers who have missed parts of training camp with injury, including Ramon Foster, Artie Burns, Vance McDonald, T.J. Watt and Juju Smith-Schuster. Burns said Wednesday his leg injury is nothing serious. 

While Burnett waits to rejoin the rest of the team in full practice, he does his best to become mentally acclimated to the team. 

"You don't make it a frustration because, I mean, that comes with the game. Being frustrated is not going to speed anything up, so I just try to get a positive outlook on things and find ways to get better, take those mental reps and find ways to continue to follow protocol."

Last season for Green Bay, Burnett played in 12 games, missing four games with hamstring and groin injuries. He returned in week 11 and recorded 48 tackles on the season.

Considering his experience with injury last year, Burnett says he understands the importance of patience. 

"Of course, you want to get out and fly around as soon as possible, but at the same time, you've got to listen to your body and take the right, proper steps so you don't have any setbacks." 

In Burnett's absence, first-round draft pick Terrell Edmunds has been taking first-team reps.