According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Steelers have "high hopes" for CB Cortez Allen, and believe he "(may) even surpass" the play of Keenan Lewis.
The Steelers are expected to turn to Cortez Allen as their starting left corner if Keenan Lewis walks in free agency.
Steelers projected starting CBs Cortez Allen and Keenan Lewis are both nursing hip flexor injuries this week.
Cortez Allen will take Ike Taylor's (ankle) spot in the starting lineup.
Coach Mike Tomlin cited 2011 draft picks Cortez Allen and Curtis Brown when asked about replacing the departed William Gay at left cornerback.
Steelers selected Citadel CB Cortez Allen with the No. 128 overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft.