By Matt Popchock

LATROBE, Pa. (93-7 THE FAN) — As originally reported by Post-Gazette writer and KDKA-FM insider Ed Bouchette, Cortez Allen, the Steelers’ probable starter at left cornerback, will miss most, if not all, of the balance of training camp after undergoing knee surgery Friday morning.

Head coach Mike Tomlin called the surgery “minor” and speculated Allen would return in “a couple of weeks.”

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According to Tomlin, Allen first began experiencing discomfort this past Saturday, skipping that day’s practice as a result.

“We wanted him to get the surgery done now so he can begin rehabilitating immediately,” Tomlin said via press release. “This surgery…will have no long-term effects on his return to the field.”

Meanwhile, William Gay, who once played the left corner spot for Tomlin, then left Pittsburgh for a brief stint with the Arizona Cardinals before returning, will take Allen’s place.

Allen, a product of The Citadel entering his third pro season, has registered 70 combined tackles, ten passes defended, and two interceptions with the Steelers.

Gay, a Louisville alumnus entering his seventh NFL campaign, had 45 solo tackles, six passes defended, one sack, and two interceptions with the Cardinals in 2012. Over the course of his original stint with the Steelers, he gathered 247 combined tackles, 43 passes defended, three sacks, and three picks.

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The Steelers open the 2013 preseason Sat., Aug. 10 against the New York Giants at Heinz Field–a game that will be seen on KDKA-TV–and break camp one week later.

Stay tuned to SportsRadio 93.7 The Fan this weekend for further Steelers training camp coverage.


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