The worst possible thing which could happen to a team during Organized Team Activites (OTAs) is suffer an injury. This is what reportedly happened to second year NT Javon Hargrave Thursday.
When you are talking about football in shorts, the worst thing to ever happen during that time is for a player to get injured. Losing someone in the regular season is tough enough, but in a voluntary practice is even worse.
According to Jacob Klinger of PennLive.com, Pittsburgh Steelers nose tackle Javon Hargrave left the practice field early with an apparent injury.
Here is what Klinger gathered after Thursday’s workout:
Javon Hargrave left Pittsburgh Steelers organized team activity (OTA) practice on Thursday with an injury, outside linebacker Arthur Moats said.
Moats said he didn’t know what happened to the second-year nose tackle, but that he saw him walk off the field after the play on which he got hurt. Two other teammates, L.T. Walton and Tyler Matakevich acknowledged the injury, though noted they don’t know how Hargrave got hurt.
Anything more than what was reported is merely speculation. Hargrave did reportedly walk off the field, but other than that no details were released, nor will they be released as the Steelers don’t have to officially release injury information throughout the offseason.
Before Week 1 of the 2016 regular season, Hargrave injured a knee in practice leading up to the Monday Night Football game against the Washington Redskins, but didn’t miss the game.
If Hargrave were to miss any amount of meaningful time, Daniel McCullers would be the immediate replacement with free agent acquisition Tyson Alualu having the versatility to play all three positions along the defensive line.