Steelers’ Coty Sensabaugh could replace Artie Burns as starting CB
The sullen look on Artie Burn’s face and his clipped responses to questions Saturday afternoon gave the appearance of a player who might have lost his starting job in the Pittsburgh Steelers secondary.
Burns lost first-team repetitions at his right cornerback spot in the final practice for the Steelers before they play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night at Raymond James Stadium.
Veteran backup Coty Sensabaugh confirmed he took snaps with the first team in place of Burns on Saturday.
Left corner Joe Haden thought Burns was limited by a toe injury, but Burns said health was not the reason he wasn’t playing with the first team.
Asked whether he will start Monday, Burns said, “I don’t know. We’ll see.”
Asked whether the coaches were challenging him: “I guess.”
Asked how he will respond: “I guess I gotta make the most of the opportunities I get.”
Burns has started 27 consecutive games in the Steelers secondary since midway through his rookie year in 2016. Sensabaugh started four games and made 14 appearances in 2017, his first year with the Steelers.
Sensabaugh was inactive for the season opener in Cleveland and played 29 snaps in place of an injured Haden last Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Sensabaugh said Burns practiced with the first team in the practices leading up to Saturday.
“I’m expecting to find out just like you guys,” Sensabaugh said about his chances of starting. “Whenever my number is called to go in, whenever they tell me I’m out, I’m out. I’m just going with the flow of whatever they want me to do.”
The Steelers gave up six pass plays of at least 25 yards in the 42-37 loss to the Chiefs. Haden missed the game with a hamstring injury but practiced all week and is expected to start at Tampa Bay.
Joe Rutter is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Joe at [email protected] or via Twitter @tribjoerutter.