Senquez Golson's rookie season in the League may be over before it even begins. The shoulder injury the former Ole Miss cornerback has been nursing for the past week-plus is severe enough that the Steelers are considering putting him under the knife for season-ending surgery, according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
There's been no decision made at this point. The season-ending procedure is one of multiple unnamed treatment options being considered and Bouchette didn't say which way the team is leaning -- just that surgery is one option.
But if you're reading context clues, the fact that Pittsburgh went out and traded the Eagles for cornerback Brandon Boykin over the weekend suggests that they're pretty damn concerned with Golson's availability.
Golson was fine all the way through spring practices but has been on the physically unable to perform list since the start of training camp on July 25. He reportedly told coaches he thinks the injury occurred during those spring workouts.
Here's SB Nation's Steelers blog, Behind the Steel Curtain, on Pittsburgh's most likely move.
The Steelers have yet to acknowledge the severity, or type, of shoulder injury Golson is experiencing, but rumors have been circulating the injury is much worse than originally thought. Golson could be an option to be placed on the Injured Reserve/Return list where he would be able to come back off injured reserve to re-join the team. However, with a shoulder injury and being a rookie, the standard injured reserve route seems to be the most likely if Golson does indeed have surgery on his injured shoulder.