Injuries can lose a game, send a team into a slump and ultimately derail a season. The Pittsburgh Steelers, and many teams in the NFL, have experienced that first hand, but as the black and gold prepare for the New York Giants to invade Heinz Field in Week 13 they find themselves in a really strange position — they are healthy.
Yes, they have a few injuries, which were mentioned at Mike Tomlin’s weekly press conference Tuesday, but, for the most part, the Steelers are a team about as healthy as anyone could ask this late in the season.
The injuries listed were DeAngelo Williams (knee), Darrius Heyward-Bey (foot), Xavier Grimble (quad) and Shamarko Thomas (groin).
Williams has continued his rehabilitation off knee surgery, and Tomlin said he has “perked up” recently, from a rehabilitation stand point. Although fans can’t wait to see D-Will back on the field, he still might be a week away before rejoining his teammates on game day. His practice participation will be the ultimate guide to when his return might be coming.
Tomlin also talked about Heyward-Bey being “week-to-week” with his foot injury, but again, the return of DHB won’t happen until he steps back on the practice field. In other words, it doesn’t look likely the Steelers have Heyward-Bey’s services this Sunday.
Two players who could make their return to the field this week are Xavier Grimble and Shamarko Thomas. Tomlin spoke about just how important Thomas is to the special teams units, and how the team can benefit from his return.
Wednesday’s practice is the first reported practice of the week, and BTSC will have all the latest news on injuries and more surrounding the Steelers heading into Week 13.