It appears, on the surface, to be optimistic for wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders and outside linebacer Terence Garvin. But they only represent two players of the two most decimated positions in terms of depth as the Steelers face a must-win Week 17 game against the Cleveland Browns in Pittsburgh.
Sanders has a sprained meniscus in his knee, and rookie WR Markus Wheaton broke a finger in the win over Green Bay in Week 16. Neither have been ruled out of Sunday's game, but clearly, they won't be 100 percent if they play. OLB Terence Garvin has a similar knee injury as Sanders, and could be available. OLB Jason Worilds (abdomen) will practice through his injury, and rookie OLB Jarvis Jones missed Week 16 with the flu, and will likely be limited this week in practice.
These setbacks thrust Stevenson Sylvester onto the field against Green Bay, something he may have to do again vs. the Browns. Sylvester had his first career sack nullified by a penalty in the second half.
It's an important week for the Steelers, as Cleveland will be playing its Super Bowl for the year. Sitting at 4-11, they have nothing else to play for except to be directly responsible for ending Pittsburgh's season.
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