With it looking increasingly likely that the Pittsburgh Steelers will be forced to play without Marcus Gilbert for the fifth game in a row on Sunday, fans should be slightly encourage by the return to practice of Matt Feiler in Thursday, albeit in a limited capacity. Sadly, Gilbert is not the only one in danger of missing the game against the Denver Broncos in Week 12 after Stephon Tuitt missed another day of training with an elbow injury.
Marcus Gilbert (knee) and Stephon Tuitt (elbow) did not practice again Thursday. Matt Feiler (pec) was limited. Returning were Roethlisberger, Haden, Pouncey after getting day off Wed. Foster got the day off as is his Thursday custom. Chickillo practiced fully for 2nd day in row— Joe Rutter (@tribjoerutter) November 22, 2018
Barring a miraculous return to training on Friday, both Gilbert and Tuitt will miss their sixth and second games of the year respectively on Sunday. Should Feiler suffer a setback on Friday, Chukwuma Okorafor would start in his place, but we will be keeping our fingers crossed that the rookie does not have to debut as the starter against Von Miller and Bradley Chubb this week.
Anthony Chickillo appears to be winning the battle with the ankle injury that ended his day early against the Jacksonville Jaguars and the coaching staff should be in less of a rush to get Ola Adeniyi ready after the veteran backup was able to practice fully for the second straight day.
While Ben Roethlisberger, Maurkice Pouncey and Joe Haden all returned from their veteran rest day on Wednesday, it was the turn of Ramon Foster to take his on Thursday.