It is looking increasingly likely that the Pittsburgh Steelers will be somewhat short-handed along the offensive line once again in Week 10 after Marcus Gilbert was held out of another day of practice on Tuesday. Troubled by a knee injury since returning from the bye-week, it should be expected that the starting right tackle will miss his third consecutive game and fourth of the season on Thursday, barring something of a miracle.
DNP: Roethlisberger (finger/coach’s decision), Gilbert (knee), McCullers (ankle)— Missi Matthews (@missi_matthews) November 6, 2018
LIM: Switzer (ankle), AB (coach’s decision)
FULL: Washington (knee)
Gilbert was joined on the sidelines by Daniel McCullers for the Steelers only real practice session of the week ahead of their game against the Carolina Panthers and his availability for Thursday is also in doubt. If he is unable to play, it should be expected that L.T. Walton would get a rare opportunity to dress in his absence, while Matt Feiler would start in place in of Gilbert again.
Even though practice time is scarce this week, it is no surprise to see Ben Roethlisberger was still given a veteran rest day on Tuesday, especially considering the fracture finger on his left hand. Antonio Brown’s limited participation was merely a consequence of an attempt to protect a veteran player facing a short week and thankfully not an indication of his impending availability for Week 10.
The same cannot be said for Ryan Switzer, however, and his limited participation may be an issue if he cannot talk part in the walkthrough on Wednesday. Despite concerns about a knee injury, James Washington was still a full participant at practice and his chances of playing against Carolina look good.
The Steelers are not the only ones struggling to get their full roster ready with such limited time prepare and the Panthers have a number of injury concerns of their own to worry about heading into the game.