LATROBE, Pa. -- Linebackers Ryan Shazier and Jarvis Jones are questionable for the Steelers’ second preseason game and long snapper Greg Warren will probably miss at least the first regular-season game after sustaining a meniscus tear.
Warren hurt his knee Wednesday during the first of two joint practices with the Buffalo Bills, and coach Mike Tomlin said the 10th-year veteran will be out “maybe four weeks or so.”
Warren, who has played in every game the past four seasons, will have surgery, leaving Bryce Davis as the only healthy long-snapper on the roster with the Steelers breaking training camp on Friday.
“The priorty is simply to get Greg fixed and rehabbed as quickly as we can,” Tomlin said Thursday during a news conference. “We’ve got a great deal of respect for what Greg is capable of and the importance of the position.”
Davis, who signed a reserve/future contract with the Steelers last January, is expected to do the majority of the long snapping Saturday night when they play the Bills in a 7:30 p.m. ET game at Heinz Field. Tomlin said some offensive linemen also could get some work at long snapper, and the eighth-year coach has not ruled out signing a player at the position to give the Steelers more options while Warren is sidelined.
In other injury news, Tomlin said Shazier’s much-anticipated NFL debut may have to wait another week. Shazier is nursing a knee bruise though the first-round pick said earlier this week that he plans to play against the Bills after missing the Steelers’ preseason opener last Saturday night.
Jones joins Shazier on the list of players who are questionable for the Bills game, as the second-year man has been plagued by a groin injury. Linebacker Vince Williams may also miss the game after sustaining a concussion on Tuesday.
Williams will have to pass concussion tests before he is cleared to return, and Tomlin said the Steelers will “err on the side of caution” with the second-year man who has stood out in camp.
“We’re going to play everybody [who's] healthy and capable of playing,” Tomlin said. “We’re going to hold out until the 11th hour in terms of making a decision whether they are available or not and try and give everybody an opportunity to play in the football game.”