The Steelers aren't picking up the fifth-year option on Burns' rookie contract, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. The 2016 first-round pick was a 16-game starter in 2017, but his persistent struggles in coverage last season left him on special teams for the final 10 weeks. With Joe Haden and Steven Nelson lining up outside while Mike Hilton mans the slot, Burns figures to enter training camp as no better than the No. 4 option at cornerback, potentially batting for a roster spot.
Burns failed to record a tackle during Sunday's 16-13 win over Cincinnati. For a second straight week, Burns was not on the field for any defensive snaps, only seeing action on special teams. He finishes up the 2018 season with 22 tackles and a forced fumble in 16 games. Although he has two years remaining on his current contract, it seems Davis may have lost his starting defensive back job to Coty Sensabaugh.
Burns had one tackle (solo) in Thursday's 52-21 win over Carolina. Groin, toe and ankle injuries have plagued Burns this season and, as a result, he played just 10 defensive snaps after two games in which he was limited to special teams. Meanwhile, Coty Sensabaugh has seen a spike in playing time and is listed ahead of Burns on the depth chart. Burns and the Steelers face Jacksonville in Week 11.
Burns (ankle) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Ravens, Teresa Varley of Steelers.com reports. Burns suffered a minor ankle injury during practice this week, but he'll be able to play through the issue Sunday. He's slated to start at cornerback across from Joe Haden, though Mike Hilton could see additional snaps if Burns were to suffer any sort of setback.
Burns (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Ravens. Burns was added to Friday's injury report after suffering an ankle injury in practice, and was listed as a limited participant. The starting right cornerback said that he "doesn't think it will impact" his availability, but Burns should nonetheless be considered questionable for Sunday's matchup against Baltimore.
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