Pittsburgh Steelers rookie cornerback Cameron Sutton is making his way back after a stint on injured reserve, and it’s a good thing because starting cornerback Joe Haden is still on the sidelines.
“The Steelers activated third-round CB Cameron Sutton from injured reserve on Tuesday, the final deadline day,” wrote NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. “Some help with CB Joe Haden still out for a few more games.”
Haden broke his left leg in the win over the Indianapolis Colts on Nov. 12.
“Joe Haden has a fibula fracture,” coach Mike Tomlin said, per ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. “It’s high on his leg. I don’t know what that means.”
The original time frame for him to be out was between 5-to-6 weeks. While that’s positive in the sense that they would have him for the playoffs, it does leave them rather thin in the secondary in the meantime.
Sutton has been dealing with a hamstring injury. The Steelers liked him when they took him in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft, but they just haven’t gotten to see that much out of him.
“The Steelers placed rookie cornerback Cameron Sutton on the reserve/injured list,” wrote Ray Fititpaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at the time. “Sutton, who was drafted in the third round, [was] injured in the final preseason game in Carolina. The Steelers had been hoping Sutton could win that job [as the slot corner], but he aggravated the hamstring injury that forced him to miss three weeks of training camp.”
They always knew they could bring him back as long as there weren’t any setbacks. Waiting until the very last day does raise some questions about just how healthy he is, however.