The Steelers have been without Vance McDonald for most of training camp because of a foot injury and now another tight end is out with an injury.
Third-year tight end Xavier Grimble underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb/wrist area, according to a source. Grimble hopes to return for Week 1 but will most likely miss the rest of the preseason. He suffered the injury in a practice and did not play in Thursday night's loss at Green Bay. Grimble has 16 catches for 150 yards and three touchdowns from 2016-17 as the team's No. 3 option at the position.
The surgery, combined with McDonald’s injury, severely handicaps the team’s depth for the final two weeks of the preseason. The team signed Bucky Hodges just over a week ago, and other than Pharoah McKever and Christian Scotland-Williamson, who has never played a game in the Football as a former rugby player, the team might have to look for some tight end help sooner, rather than later.
Coach Mike Tomlin labels all team injuries as "day-to-day" and doesn't have a concrete plan for tight end distribution because of the time of year.Xavier Grimble Jersey .
"It's just those that are available, developing, working their skills relative to their position," Tomlin said. "We're very much still in training camp mentality."
Actually,any setbacks in recovery for Grimble and McDonald will likely lead to a roster move.if they aren’t ready there is a good chance the talk about a tight end focused offense would go on the back burner until the depth returns at the position.