Injury Overshadows Day 5 of Steelers OTAs

Steelers offensive line depth may take a hit

Josh Rowntree
May 30, 2018 - 1:05 pm
Steelers OT Jerald Hawkins

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - Steelers offensive tackle Jerald Hawkins left Wednesday’s OTA workout with a knee injury, multiple teammates confirmed. 

Hawkins, who is entering his third year as a pro after being selected in the fourth round of the 2016 draft, participated in just 48 plays last season. Shoulder and ankle injuries resulted in Hawkins not seeing the field at all in his rookie season. 

"Yeah, that sucks,” quarterback Landry Jones said. "It's the crappy thing about this sport. There's no other sport where injury is a part of the game. It's like 'you are going to get hurt at some point'. It's a violent game."

With the departure of versatile lineman Chris Hubbard, who signed with Cleveland, Hawkins was expected to compete for the backup tackle spot with third-round pick Chukwuma Okorafor.

"During this period we shouldn't have guys go down, but today we obviously did,” Jones added. "It's obviously tough to see a couple of young guys (get hurt) that were playing really well.”

Along with Okorafor, lineman B.J. Finney will be relied upon to continue his role as a swing lineman. Matt Feiler, a second year pro out of Bloomsburg University, is another option.

“I was looking at the group and, prior to the incident earlier in practice, we’re solid all the way across the line,” guard Ramon Foster said. "I’m sure whoever has to step up will step up.” 

Foster’s tone seemed to indicate the injury to Hawkins may be serious. 

"I’m sure he was hurt by it. We’ll surround him and support him in an appropriate manner. We’ll be there for them and he’s going to need it."

 

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