Grimble's return to practice in full means he's cleared the league's concussion protocol. He'll be expected to resume his typical role as a depth tight end behind Vance McDonald and Jesse James.
There was no word that Grimble sustained a concussion during the Steelers' Week 6 win over the Bengals, so his appearance on the injury report is a surprise. The timing of the head injury was at least fortunate, as he benefited from a Week 7 bye to recover. Grimble likely still remains in the NFL's concussion protocol, but his involvement in the Steelers' first practice of the week bodes well for his chances of gaining clearance for Sunday's game against the Browns. If he suits up, Grimble would be limited to a blocking role at tight end behind the top two options on the depth chart, Vance McDonald and Jesse James.
Grimble caught both his targets for 35 yards during Sunday's 28-21 win over Cincinnati.
The receptions give him just three this season, but he has already exceeded his yardage total for all of last season (32). Still, Grimble finds himself buried behind Vance McDonald and Jesse James on the depth chart as the Steelers head to a Week 7 bye.
Grimble (wrist) is expected to return to practice this week and has a chance to play in Sunday's divisional showdown against the Browns, Ray Fittipaldo of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
There's no official word on Grimble's availability for Week 1 yet, but a return to the practice field is an encouraging development for his chances of playing. Still considered to be the third option at tight end behind Vance McDonald and Jesse James, Grimble holds minimal fantasy value to open the season.
Grimble underwent surgery on his thumb/wrist and may be ready for Week 1 but will likely miss the rest of the preseason, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.
Grimble will be cutting it close to being ready for the season opener Sept. 9 against the Browns. He'll be the No. 3 TE behind Vance McDonald (foot) and Jesse James when he returns. In that role, Grimble's had just 16 receptions for 150 yards and three touchdowns over his first two seasons in the league.
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