After the Steelers’ Week-8 win over the Lions on Sunday Night Football, it seemed as if the bye-week couldn’t have come at a better time. Several players were banged up for Pittsburgh, including Mike Mitchell (ankle), Sean Davis (ankle), Chris Hubbard (concussion), Vance McDonald (knee), Marcus Gilbert (hamstring) and Stephon Tuitt (back).
Coming off of the bye, teams practice on Monday prior to their next game, and it was all good news coming from the team’s practice facility in the extremely early stages of preparation for the Colts on Sunday.
Marcus Gilbert Update:
Marcus Gilbert took half the snaps with first team offense today. He said his hamstring felt fine and is hopeful for Sunday.— Ray Fittipaldo (@rayfitt1) November 6, 2017
The Steelers are wise to take it easy with Gilbert’s hamstring. He has already tried to return twice this season, only to reinjure the muscle. Easing him back will take time, and could mean he misses another week, but knowing he’s 100 percent upon his return and avoiding another setback is paramount in this situation.
Stephon Tuitt Update:
Stephon Tuitt also practiced today and said he feels good after a back injury kept him out the previous two games.— Ray Fittipaldo (@rayfitt1) November 6, 2017
Tuitt’s injury might be easier to gauge regarding his readiness to return, but he’ll have to get through a full week of practice before fans can expect to see No. 91 back in the lineup alongside Javon Hargrave and Cameron Heyward.
As for the other injuries, Mike Tomlin will update these at his weekly press conference on Tuesday at noon EST. Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest on all things black-and-gold.