Steelers notes: TE Vance McDonald ‘hoping’ to play this week, plus snap-count observations
Vance McDonald walked out of the Pittsburgh Steelers locker room Monday without a limp or the use of sort of wrap or other device on his injured foot. After missing the regular-season opener Sunday in Cleveland, will McDonald be ready for the home opener against Kansas City this coming week?
“Hoping for it,” McDonald said.
McDonald hasn’t made it through a full practice since the first week of training camp in late July. Since being acquired by the Steelers 12 ½ months ago, he’s missed seven of 17 regular-season games because of injury.
Some notable snap counts from the Steelers’ Week 1 tie at Cleveland, as provided by the league:
—James Conner played all but seven of the 84 snaps on offense
—The receivers’ snap counts went as follows: Antonio Brown, 83; JuJu Smith-Schuster, 63; Justin Hunter, 51; James Washington, 11; Ryan Switzer, 7 (some at running back); Darrius Heyward-Bey, one.
—In “big” packages, fullback Roosevelt Nix played 19 snaps and rookie Chuks Okorafor played 17 as an extra tackle/tight end.
—Inside linebacker Vince Williams played all but one of the 89 defensive snaps
—A lot was made of the safety usage during camp. In the first regular season games, here are the safeties snap counts: Sean Davis, 89; Terrell Edmunds, 74; Morgan Burnett, 40. Jordan Dangerfield, Nat Berhe and Marcus Allen (inactive) did not play any snaps on defense.
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