The Pittsburgh Steelers may have escaped their matchup against the Baltimore Ravens without any significant new injuries, but that does not mean the game was incident free. Set to face to Carolina Panthers on a short week, it would appear that the Steelers now have several players dealing with minor injuries that could impact their preparation for Thursday night.
When speaking to the media at his weekly press conference, Mike Tomlin highlighted a number of new names the medical staff would be monitoring this week. As reported by Teresa Varley of Steelers.com.
“From an injury standpoint, not a lot of information as we sit here. First let me say there are not a lot of significant injuries. If there were, we would have clarity. There are bumps and bruises associated with play. James Washington got his knee banged. It’s being looked at. Daniel McCullers an ankle. Ryan Switzer an ankle. Of course, Ben (Roethlisberger) got the wind knocked out of him in game.
“All of those and others will continued to be monitored. It may affect practice availability in some form or fashion. It may not. I am just giving you a list of potential things. It’s just we haven’t had our feet on the ground long enough to give you any real information. I wouldn’t read too much into that. What you should read into is practice participation. That’s always our guide in terms of availability and it will be particularly in a week that is as short as this one.”
Despite the players being on a day off on Monday, Pittsburgh was still required to publish an injury report as per league rules ahead of a Thursday night game, and their estimation included all of the names mention by Tomlin earlier in the day.
QB Ben Roethlisberger (Finger) - DNP
CB Joe Haden (Coaches Decision) - DNP
C Maurkice Pouncey (Coaches Decision) - DNP
OT Marcus Gilbert (Knee) - DNP
DT Dan McCullers (Ankle) - Limited
WR Ryan Switzer (Ankle) - Limited
WR James Washington (Knee) - Limited
While it should become clearer on Tuesday which players are really in doubt of missing the game against Carolina, it would not be a surprise to see several players rested in practice this week.