Cortez Allen

New Steelers starting cornerback Cortez Allen says that despite having surgery last week on his knee, he will be in good shape and ready to go when the Steelers line up to face Jake Locker and the Titans in the opener September 8th.

The CB was not on the field much leading up to the surgery due to pain on the knee, and underwent surgery last Friday on it.

Allen said that he is getting better, but will stay off the practice field until at least the trail end of training camp.

“I’m just trying to be smart about it,” Allen told the Tribune Review. “I can’t really give a timetable on it, but I just have to follow the instructions of the training staff.”

Last season Allen stepped up his game, making three starts for the injured Ike Taylor, and having a two pick game in the teams week 16 loss to the Bengals.

As of now, Allen’s spot in the lineup is being shifted around, with William Gay as the starter for now, and Josh Victorian and Isaiah Green going blow for blow for reps.

“Of course it’s disappointing when you can’t do what you love. I pride myself on staying in good spirits. I’m doing my best to get back on the field,” Allen said.

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