Any boost on defense would be a help to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
They may be on the verge of getting the biggest one they could get. Outside linebacker Bud Dupree said he feels good and needs a couple more weeks of rehab before he returns to the field, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Chris Adamski.
The Steelers’ 2015 first-round pick was supposed to help return the defense to dominance. He started the season well with 4 sacks in 8 eight games, but he didn’t record another the rest of the season.
He came into 2016 ready to shoulder the load of being the Steelers’ top pass rusher. Unfortunately, he missed the entire preseason due to injury. In early September, NFL Network’s Ian Rapaport reported Dupree would need surgery on a core muscle tear. The Steelers placed him on injured reserve.
This week was the first Dupree was eligible to return to the field.
The defense is already getting healthier. Linebacker Ryan Shazier expects to play on Sunday against the New England Patriots.