While the Pittsburgh Steelers saw several names return to practice on Thursday who had sat out the day before, it would appear there are at least two players in danger of missing the game against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday night.
Morgan Burnett (back), BJ Finney (personal) and Marcus Gilbert (knee) did not practice today for the Steelers as non-coaching decisions. Bud Dupree (pectoral) was limited. Xavier Grimble, Stephon Tuitt and Vance McDonald were full participants. #Steelers #dkps— Dale Lolley (@dlolley_pgh) November 29, 2018
Marcus Gilbert continues to miss time with an ongoing knee issue that has plagued him since he returned from the bye-week and it looks highly likely he will miss his sixth consecutive game in Week 13. Despite missing the matchup against the Denver Broncos with a pectoral injury, Matt Feiler should resume his place as the starter with Gilbert sidelined after back-to-back days as a full participant in training.
Having missed a second day of practice with a back injury, Morgan Bennett is at risk of missing his fifth game of the season and first since Week 6 if he cannot return to training on Friday.
Thankfully, there was better news for Vance McDonald who was a full participant on Thursday after sitting out the day before, as was Stephon Tuitt, who was limited on Wednesday. Bud Dupree’s return in a limited capacity was also a positive step forward. Xavier Grimble continues to show he is recovering well from the concussion like symptoms he suffered earlier in the week and he was able to train fully for the second day in a row as well.
While Ben Roethlisberger and Maurkice Pouncey returned from their veteran days off, it was the turn of Ramon Foster to take his on Thursday. He was joined by B.J. Finney who was excused practice once again for personal reasons.
Beyond running back Melvin Gordon, the Chargers appear to have few injury concerns heading into this matchup.
Chargers practice report on Thursday — DNP: Melvin Gordon (knee), Brandon Mebane (not injury related). LIMITED: Tyrell Williams (quad). FULL: Austin Ekeler (neck), Antonio Gates (rest).— Eric Williams (@eric_d_williams) November 29, 2018