The Pittsburgh Steelers saw four players held out of practice on Thursday with injuries, while another was given a veteran rest day. Vince Williams and Darrius Heyward-Bey missed their second day of training and were joined on the sidelines by Morgan Burnett, Marcus Gilbert and Ramon Foster, according to the team’s official injury report.
Vince Williams (hamstring), Morgan Burnett (groin), Marcus Gilbert (knee) and Darrius Heyward-Bey (ankle) did not practice Thursday. Ramon Foster had a vet's day off. Mike Hilton full for second day in a row. Chris Boswell also full after getting hurt Wednesday.— Ray Fittipaldo (@rayfitt1) October 4, 2018
Both Williams and Heyward-Bey look increasingly doubtful for Sunday, as does Burnett having been downgraded from limited on Wednesday to out on Thursday. Foster was simply the beneficiary of his now customary day off.
Gilbert was something of a surprise inclusion with a knee injury and his status will be one to watch on Friday. The right tackle has already missed time with a hamstring injury this year and it should be expected that Matt Feiler would play in his place once again if he cannot play against the Atlanta Falcons.
There was some positive news with the continued involvement of Mike Hilton as a full participant in training, and it is encouraging to note that Chris Boswell was able to practice fully despite leaving the field early the day before with a foot injury. When speaking to Teresa Varley of Steelers.com, Hilton sounded like a man who was preparing to play in Week 5, regardless of his elbow injury.
“It’s not going to hold me back, I am still going to be myself. I will be aggressive, physical. I am going to be using my hands like I want to, but I feel like it’s I am going to be back to myself.”
The Falcons injury report for Thursday:
Falcons injury report: WR Julio Jones (hand/ankle), DE Vic Beasley (ankle) LB Foye Oluokun (ankle) and DE Derrick Shelby (groin) were limited participants in practice. CB Justin Bethel (knee) and DT Grady Jarrett (ankle/knee) did not participate in practice.— Jason Butt (@JasonHButt) October 4, 2018