While the Pittsburgh Steelers saw a whole host of players miss practice on Wednesday, it should be comforting to hear that only half of the names sitting out were on the sidelines due to injury. Of the six players held out of training, Ben Roethlisberger, Joe Haden and Maurkice Pouncey all appear to have been the beneficiaries of a rest day, as has become customary for each of the veterans this year.
Steelers injury report: Roethlisberger, Haden & Pouncey got vet day off; Edmunds (calf) was full participant as was V. Williams (hamstring). Burnett (groin), Fort (ankle), Heyward-Bey (ankle) did not participate.— Joe Rutter (@tribjoerutter) October 10, 2018
As disappointing as it is to note that Darrius Heyward-Bey and Morgan Burnett are still struggling with injuries, it’s encouraging to see both Terrell Edmunds and Vince Williams as full participants in practice. The status of Edmunds was always in doubt after he was listed as an injury concern by Mike Tomlin on Tuesday with an ankle issue, and a hamstring problem for Williams seemed to suggest it might be some time before he was back training.
Pittsburgh will be desperate to have either Edmunds or Burnett available in Week 6, given that the remaining options behind them are Jordan Dangerfield and Marcus Allen.
The absence of L.J. Fort was somewhat expected — the only other player named by Tomlin as having picked up a new injury in Week 5 — and his status will be one to watch as the week progresses. If Fort cannot play against the Cincinnati Bengals, it seems reasonable to believe Matthew Thomas will see more than the four snaps on defense he saw against Atlanta.
The Bengals’ injury report for Wednesday:
Sitting out practice for the Bengals were RB Gio Bernard (knee), G Clint Boling (hip), TE Tyler Kroft (foot) and C Billy Price (foot). Limited were WR John Ross (groin), DE Carl Lawson (ankle), DE Michael Johnson (knee), CB William Jackson (knee), LB Preston Brown (ankle)— Joe Rutter (@tribjoerutter) October 10, 2018