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Steelers Injury Report: Steelers saddled with possible game-time decisions heading into Week 3

The Pittsburgh Steelers are preparing for the Chicago Bears in Week 3, and there is a long list of players who may, or may not, play in the game.

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Compared to other NFL teams, the Pittsburgh Steelers injury situation isn’t bad. Think about the ridiculous number of players the Baltimore Ravens have put on injured reserve already, I think the number is north of 15 already, and the Steelers’ concerns are extremely mild.

Nonetheless, there are still some players who could be back in the lineup this Sunday when the team travels to Chicago to play the Bears at Soldier Field.

At his weekly Tuesday press conference, Mike Tomlin spoke about the injuries on the team, and the growing theme from these comments were how Tomlin wasn’t going to close the door on anyone playing Sunday, not yet anyway.

The big name players who could play Sunday would be Stephon Tuitt (biceps) and T.J. Watt (groin). Tuitt, who missed the Week 2 game vs. the Vikings, will start to put in more work this week to see how his body responds. The same can be said for Watt, although the team could be cautious with his groin injury to prevent further damage to the muscle.

Other players who missed Week 2 and are considered day-to-day are Vance McDonald (back) and J.J Wilcox (concussion). Tomlin stated McDonald’s back is “perking up”, and Wilcox is in the final stages of the NFL’s strict concussion protocol. Both players could be back in the lineup Sunday.

Meanwhile, there were other injuries sustained during the Week 2 game, and those would be: Jesse James (ankle), Marcus Gilbert (hamstring) and Alejandro Villanueva (illness). Tomlin said Villanueva’s illness shouldn’t be an issue this week, but the availability from James and Gilbert will all hinge on their practice participation.

In fact, in regards to practice participation, this will be the clear sign whether a player is starting or sitting in the coming week’s game. Otherwise, having no players who are being labeled as “out” is a good thing for the Steelers.