Former Kentucky star Bud Dupree will begin the 2016 NFL season on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ injured reserve list.
Dupree, who was the No. 22 overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft, will miss at least half of the season. It’s a blow to a Steelers defense that was hoping for big contributions from the former Wildcat after he earned five starts as a rookie last season.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that the former Kentucky linebacker is going to have surgery to fix a core muscle tear.
#Steelers LB Bud Dupree is having surgery to fix a core muscle tear, source said. Return midsession (IR/to return) is possible if goes well
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 4, 2016
Dupree will be eligible to return to practice six weeks into the season and could return to game action as early as eight weeks into the season, provided he’s healthy enough to contribute. He had 4 sacks and 26 tackles after playing in all 16 games last season.