PITTSBURGH (NEWSRADIO 1020 KDKA) — It’s official- Kevin Colbert, director of football operations for the Steelers, told KDKA AM’s Larry Richert that rookie running back Baron Batch is out for the season with a torn ACL that he suffered in practice.
Batch had to be carted off the field with what looked like a serious injury to his left knee at the end of practice on Wednesday. The injury happened at the end of a long 40-yard run.READ MORE: Parents In Pa. Could Soon Have Power To Decide If A Child Should Repeat Grade Due To Pandemic Learning Loss
“Unfortunately for Baron, he did tear his ACL and he’s going to be done for the season,” said Colbert. “Obviously, it’s a disappointment for the team. You really feel devastated for the young man; he was having a great camp and he’s just an awesome kid, and to have your first season taken away like that is just disappointing.”
But Batch isn’t the only rookie that Colbert had an update on. He also talked about the team’s No. 1 draft pick, Cam Heyward.READ MORE: Carnegie Mellon University To Require COVID-19 Vaccines For Students
“Cameron is fine; he is getting up to speed with the conditioning,” Colbert said. “A lot of our younger players didn’t understand what it was going to take for training camp because we did not have them in the off-season to prepare them. The veterans knew what to expect and the rookies really didn’t. Cameron and several other of our young guys are catching up.”
So, what does the injury mean for Batch’s future, as well as the rest of the team’s status going into their first preseason game?
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