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Steelers Injury Report: Pair of offensive weapons don’t practice Wednesday

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The Pittsburgh Steelers had two offensive weapons sitting out of practice on Wednesday.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers returned to work from their mini-bye week after playing on Thursday Night Football, and they were without a pair of offensive weapons at their Wednesday practice.

The biggest name on the injury report whose absence was noted is rookie wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster. Hampered by a hamstring injury, Smith-Schuster didn’t get his week off to a good start, and this was compounded by the fact Mike Tomlin stated on Tuesday that rookies need to practice to play. In other words, if Smith-Schuster doesn’t get onto the gridiron on Thursday or Friday, there’s a good chance he doesn’t participate vs. the Packers on Sunday night.

While most wouldn’t consider Vance McDonald an offensive weapon, he’s become a very steady blocker for the Steelers, and his absence on Wednesday with an ankle injury is certainly an issue. Jesse James is a mediocre blocker at best, and McDonald has become the reliable blocker for the offense, many times in pulling situations. For what he might not bring to the passing game, he brings to the running game.

Other than that, the Steelers seem to be bouncing back from injuries, such as Mike Mitchell for example, in preparation of the Packers’ arrival at Heinz Field on Sunday night.

See the full injury report for both teams below:

Injury Report

Pittsburgh

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
CB Joe Haden (Fibula)
TE Vance McDonald (Ankle)
WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (Hamstring)

FULL PARTICIPATION
S Mike Mitchell (Ankle)
LB James Harrison (Back)

Green Bay

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
DT Kenny Clark (Ankle)
RB Aaron Jones (Knee)
LB Clay Matthews (Groin)
RB Ty Montgomery (Ribs)
G Patrick Lucas (Hand)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
DT Quinton Dial (Chest)
CB Kevin King (Shoulder)
RB Devante Mays (Ankle)
G Justin McCray (Knee)
LB Nick Perry (Foot)

FULL PARTICIPATION
LB Ahmad Brooks (Back)
S Morgan Burnett (Groin)