It was one step forward and one step back for two of the Pittsburgh Steelers more notable injury concerns on Thursday as Coty Sensabaugh returned to practice in a limited capacity, while Marcus Gilbert was listed with the same designation after being a full participant in training on Wednesday.
Steelers Participation: DNP-G Foster (coach’s decision); Limited-CB Sensabaugh (toe), OT Gilbert (knee); Full-QB Roethlisberger (finger/coach’s decision), LB Dupree (illness), C Pouncey (coach’s decision).— Mike Prisuta (@DVEMike) November 1, 2018
With Bud Dupree making a quick recovery from the illness that had sidelined him just the day before. Ramon Foster was the only player sitting out all together, the recipient of his now standard weekly veteran rest day.
Ben Roethlisberger and Maurkice Pouncey returned from their days off with Big Ben sporting a glove that he will likely wear against the Baltimore Ravens on his injured left hand.
Ben Roethlisberger throwing in practice while wearing a glove on his left hand, which has a fractured left index finger. pic.twitter.com/fMi4pOrOcB— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) November 1, 2018
As encouraging as Sensabaugh’s return to practice was, albeit in a limited capacity, it is equally disheartening to see that Gilbert is still being hampered by a knee injury that forced him to miss the game against the Cleveland Browns in Week 8. Friday’s practice session will be critical to their availability this weekend, but their participation looks questionable at this stage.
The prospects of the Ravens fielding a full strength offensive line appears increasing unlikely after four of their starters either missed practice or were limited on Thursday.
Limited: G Bradley Bozeman (calf), CB Marlon Humphrey (thigh), WR Jordan Lasley (hamstring), G Alex Lewis (neck)— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) November 1, 2018