But they’re not sure now whether he’ll need surgery to fix it, or whether he can return this year.
Via Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Dupree would be evaluated in the next few days, and could possibly return this season. If he needs surgery, that would end the season for the 2015 first-rounder, but it’s not certain yet that’s the route they’ll take.
“He’s capable of being designated to return,” Tomlin said. “Sometimes [these injuries] get better with time and sometimes they require surgical repair. We just want to get him healthy and hopefully back in uniform in 2016.”
Teams now have the option of activating one player per year from IR, without designating them as such in advance.
The Steelers are carrying cornerback Senquez Golson on the 53-man roster, despite the fact he’ll be out until November or early December because of a Lisfranc injury. Tomlin classified Golson as “week-to-week.”
Players who might actually be able to play (or walk) Monday at Washington, get the “day-to-day” treatment, and Tomlin said that applied to defensive end Cam Heyward (ankle) and right tackle Marcus Gilbert (hyperextended elbow).