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Kaboly: Mystery solved — McLendon has a concussion

-- Photo by Chaz Palla Steve McLendon talks to coach Chris Hoke during practice on Monday.

— Photo by Chaz Palla
Steve McLendon talks to coach Chris Hoke during practice on Monday.

(UPDATE: Tomlin confirms McLendon is dealing with a concussion after practice on Wednesday, or 4 hours after this initial post.)

Speculation has been rampant on why nose tackle Steve McLendon sat out of the last three practices – one of which he wasn’t even on the sidelines watching.

From Mike Tomlin wanting to get a good look at rookie Stephon Tuitt to McLendon being in Tomlin’s doghouse have been floated around as reasons why McLendon has been out.

The speculations have been warranted.

After all, Tomlin never gave a reason of why McLendon wasn’t practicing and McLendon told me early Wednesday that: “I’m OK. It’s Coach Tomlin’s call. It’s up to him. It’s his call.”

Turns out the reason why McLendon hasn’t practiced since Friday night is because he is dealing with a concussion.

McLendon did not show up to practice on Saturday at all. He was in shorts and a T-shirt on Sunday and Monday relegated to watching. The Steelers were off Tuesday.

It’s unknown when McLendon will return to practice.

McLendon is the second Steeler to miss time with a concussion this camp.

Receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey has been out since July 31 with what has been diagnosed as a concussion. Heyward-Bey said it’s the fifth concussion of his career, which includes one against the Steelers in 2012 in which he was unconscious for 10 minutes after a brutal hit was delivered by Ryan Mundy.

Heyward-Bey said that he and McLendon have talked about their symptoms.

“I saw him and asked him how he is doing. I say how is yours and how do you feel,” Heyward-Bey said. “His is different than mine and that’s just how life is.”

Heyward-Bey hit his head on the ground diving for a pass during a practice on July 31 and has yet to been cleared to participate.

“It’s not like another injury,” Heyward-Bey said. “It’s not a knee that you can tape up. There’s no rehab for it. You just have to wait until you feel 100 percent.”






Author: Mark Kaboly

Mark Kaboly is the Pittburgh Steelers beat writer for the Tribune-Review. Mark has covered more than 300 NFL football games in all 32 NFL cities as well as four Super Bowls -- XL in Detroit, XLIII in Tampa, XLV in Dallas and 50 in San Francisco. A Belle Vernon Area graduate, Mark earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a specialization in journalism from California University of Pennsylvania. Mark lives in Port Vue with his wife, Jennifer; daughter Briella; and boys Rocco and Bugsley Pug

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