With the Pittsburgh Steelers injury report expected to be a long one on Wednesday, it was somewhat encouraging to note that only three players were forced to missed practice due to injury.
Steelers injury report: Ryan Switzer (concussion), Morgan Burnett (back), Roosevelt Nix (shoulder) & Kam Canaday (knee) were full practice participants. Anthony Chickillo (ankle), Marcus Gilbert (knee), James Conner (ankle) DNP. Getting day off were Haden, Antonio Brown, Pouncey— Joe Rutter (@tribjoerutter) December 5, 2018
Having already been ruled out of the game against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, it was no surprise to see that James Conner was held out of training with a sprained ankle, and he joined Marcus Gilbert and Anthony Chickillo as the only other players sitting out to start the week. While Gilbert’s continued absence does not bode well for his inclusion in Week 14, there is some optimism that Chickillo may yet be able to play.
The inclusion of Ryan Switzer as a full participant in training is a great sign he is recovering well from the concussion he suffered against the Los Angeles Chargers and he should have a good chance of playing in Oakland, assuming there are no setbacks. A knee injury was expected to limited Kam Canaday in the early portion of the week, just as a shoulder problem was for Roosevelt Nix, but both were able to practice fully on Wednesday.
After missing Week 13 with a back injury, Morgan Burnett’s return to full training might be one of the more positive updates from the injury report and his progress will be one to watch over the coming days.
Although Joe Haden, Maurkice Pouncey and Antonio Brown took a veteran rest day, Ben Roethlisberger did not, something of a surprise given he appeared to be dealing with a cold when talking to reporters earlier in the day. He may yet take a day off later in the week.
It would appear #Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is suffering from a cold this week as he prepares to face the #Raiders on Sunday ... from https://t.co/49AraNjlA2 https://t.co/VH4387jkCA pic.twitter.com/Cx1dlOISTw— Simon Chester (@SimonAChester) December 5, 2018
For those fans hoping to get a rare glimpse of Martavis Bryant next Sunday, his addition to injured reserve earlier in the day will guarantee he misses the reunion with his former team. The rest of their injury report may be even longer than Pittsburgh’s.