The Pittsburgh Steelers were back to work Wednesday getting prepared for the Minnesota Vikings to come to town for a Week 2 tilt. With the players back at practice, it also means the first reported practice regarding injuries, and the Steelers had several to keep an eye on.
The biggest injury story of the past week has been Stephon Tuitt’s biceps injury. What was once feared as a season-ending injury has turned into a day-to-day, or week-to-week injury to the dynamic defensive end. However, as positive as the news was this week with Tuitt’s diagnosis, he did not practice with the team on Wednesday.
This doesn’t mean Tuitt won’t play this Sunday, but some level of participation will be key before he returns to the gridiron.
Other than Tuitt, the other notable injury was to Bud Dupree. Dupree, who sustained a shoulder injury leading up to the Week 1 game against the Cleveland Browns, was a limited participant in practice Wednesday. Keep an eye on Dupree’s level of participation, if it increases as the week progresses there is a good chance he plays this Sunday at Heinz Field.
Besides those two injuries, J.J. Wilcox (concussion) and Jerald Hawkins (knee) both missed practice as well.
For those visual learners, here is the full chart below:
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
T Jerald Hawkins (Knee)
DE Stephon Tuitt (Biceps)
S J.J. Wilcox (Concussion)
LB Bud Dupree (Shoulder)
The Steelers and Vikings will go head-to-head on Sunday at Heinz Field at 1:00 p.m. ET, with Minnesota coming off a short week after their Monday Night Football game against the New Orleans Saints, which they won.
Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news on the Pittsburgh injury situation, as well as other stories surrounding the black and gold.