The Pittsburgh Steelers secondary is already facing some problems as newly signed free agent Mike Mitchell injured his groin and has been placed on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list.
The Steelers signed Mitchell to replace Ryan Clark after Clark’s departure to Washington this off season.
Mitchell, 27, was signed to bring not only a big-hitting mentality to the secondary, but to also add some youth to a unit in desperate need of some last year.
The Steelers expect Mitchell to be able to come off the PUP at anytime and do not expect him to miss any games, preseason or regular.
“We’ll monitor him day to day,” Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said of Mitchell on Friday, Jul 25th, but did not offer any indication on when, exactly, Mitchell would return to practice.
Coach Tomlin plans on running a physical camp this season and hopes to have his big-hitting safety on the field as much as possible to learn defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau’s complex system.
Sophomore safety Shamarko Thomas will assume the spot beside Troy Polamalu until Mitchell returns.