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Artie Burns Suffers Non-Contact Knee Injury During Steelers Practice

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJanuary 10, 2018

Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Artie Burns (25) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Don Wright)
Don Wright/Associated Press

The Pittsburgh Steelers' depth in the secondary could be tested heading into Sunday's AFC Divisional Round Game after cornerback Artie Burns suffered an injury to his knee during practice on Wednesday. 

Per Mark Kaboly of The Athletic, Burns suffered a non-contact injury to his right knee. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport added Burns' ligaments are intact.

Burns was the Steelers' first-round pick in 2016. He appeared in all 16 games during his rookie season, finishing tied for the team lead with three interceptions and second with 13 passes defensed.

The 22-year-old Burns led all Pittsburgh defenders with 13 passes defensed during the regular season. He started all 16 games to help the Steelers rank fifth in pass yards allowed and seventh in scoring defense.  

Kaboly noted if Burns is unable to play on Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars, rookie Cameron Sutton would start in his place.  

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