Report: Steelers tackle Jerald Hawkins sustained torn quadriceps

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When Pittsburgh Steelers tackle Jerald Hawkins went down in practice early on Wednesday, it appeared as though he’d sustained a non-contact knee injury.

According to Jeremy Fowler of, Hawkins injury is actually a torn quadriceps muscle.

Hawkins collapsed on the field and yelped upon going to the ground. He had to be helped off the field by members of the team’s training staff.

With a lengthy recovery likely ahead, Hawkins could be destined to end up on the Steelers injured reserve list. At this stage of the offseason, he would need to be waived/injured and would move to the injured reserve list if he went unclaimed by another team.

Hawkins, a fourth-round pick in 2016, played in five games last year with one start for Pittsburgh.

4 responses to “Report: Steelers tackle Jerald Hawkins sustained torn quadriceps

  1. Why do they need to ‘waive/injury’ him? 4th round picks get claimed, from time to time. That wink/nod isn’t written in stone. The Patriots claimed Jake Ballard from the Giants.

    You got 90 men on the roster. Like Minor League baseball, you need all those players to get the ‘real’ players someone to play against and then there are the surprise players who emerge. I’d cut one and carry 89, if there is a possibility he’s an active gameday candidate (which he has been).

  2. No way they waive him. Munchak likes him a lot and they were willing to let Hubbard walk.

  3. Well, they were willing to let Hubbard walk mainly because he wasn’t going to start, and they would have had to pay him starter money, so it came down to the cap.
    Hubbard only started to get it together late last season, and was not a lock to make the 53-man roster. The Steelers have good depth on the O-line with Finney (who should probably start), Feiler, and the new kid, Okorafor. They’ll likely add another couple offensive linemen before training camp. Too bad that Hawkins was injured, but he wasn’t vital to their success.

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