The question going into training camp at the running back position for the Steelers was more about who out of many would step up than it was not having enough talent at the position. But, as the weeks of camp drudge along, the Steelers running back roster is becoming littered with injury. In fact, it’s getting to be darn right thin.
Bob Labriola reported this afternoon via Twitter that Steelers RB John Clay was carted off the field during practice. The last time that sequence of events took place at a Steelers training camp, we later learned that Baron Batch would be out for the entirety of the season. Hopefully that won’t be the case. Mike Tomlin reported after practice that it was a groin/hip injury and that Clay was in a lot of pain.
Even if it isn’t, the Steelers are starting to thin out at the running back position. Rashard Mendenhall won’t be ready until later in the season while still recovering from his knee injury last season. Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer were already held out of practice with injuries. Redman is suffering from a groin strain and Dwyer a shoulder injury. Rookie Chris Rainey and Baron Batch are the only two ‘healthy’ backs on the roster.
At this rate, the running back roster may not be decided by talent but by who can still walk.