The Pittsburgh Steelers official injury report for Thursday looked rather similar to the one from Wednesday, with the only obvious change the difference in the names given a veteran rest day. While Ben Roethlisberger, Maurkice Pouncey and Joe Haden returned from their day off, Ramon Foster rested, but all the players sitting out because of injury remained sidelined for the second day in a row.
L.J. Fort (ankle) did not practice for a second consecutive day for the Steelers, joining Darrius Heyward-Bey (ankle) and Morgan Burnett (groin). Ramon Foster received a vet day off. Returning were Roethlisberger, Haden and Pouncey, who had vet days Wednesday.— Joe Rutter (@tribjoerutter) October 11, 2018
Vince Williams and Terrell Edmunds were once again full participants in training and their availability for Sunday looks encouraging at this stage. When speaking to Teresa Varley after practice, Williams sounded like a man eager to get back on the field.
“It feels fantastic [to be back at practice]. To see how well the defense was playing, and not being able to contribute, it was heart-breaking. I was proud of them. There is only one thing better than actually being out there kicking (butt) with your friends, and that’s watching your friends kick (butt).”
The continued absence of L.J. Fort, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Morgan Burnett does not bode well for their inclusion against the Cincinnati Bengals. Burnett’s struggles with a groin problem is perhaps Pittsburgh’s most significant injury concern at the moment and he would miss his fourth consecutive game of the year on Sunday if he cannot play in Week 6. For Heyward-Bey, it would be his second missed game.
The Bengals injury report for Thursday:
For the Bengals, upgraded to full participants at practice Thursday were G Clint Boling (hip), LB Preston Brown (ankle), DE Michael Johnson (knee) and DE Carl Lawson (ankle). CB William Jackson and WR John Ross remain limited— Joe Rutter (@tribjoerutter) October 11, 2018