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Steelers Injury Report: Five players sit out Wednesday practice as the team prepares for the Chiefs

The Steelers saw four starters and a key defensive-line backup miss practice on Wednesday with injuries suffered in Week 1

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Though it seemed the Pittsburgh Steelers escaped their game against the Cleveland Browns relatively unscathed, their first official injury report of the week released on Wednesday painted a different picture. But while five players were forced to miss practice due to injury, another returned as a full participant for the first time since July 29th.

While it wasn’t surprising to see Ben Roethlisberger, David DeCastro and Joe Haden sitting out, the inclusion of Cameron Heyward and Tyson Alualu on the injury report was somewhat unexpected. With the exception of Haden, all of the players’ held out of practice on Wednesday were able to play the entire game in Cleveland.

After telling reporters his fractured hand might be more significant than first thought, DeCastro revealed the swelling hadn’t yet reduced enough to be able to fit a brace and characterized himself as day-to-day. If he’s unable to suit up on Sunday, B.J. Finney will play in his place.

Roethlisberger appeared more optimistic about his elbow injury, calling it just a bruise. While it seems he has had an MRI, he was unwilling to discuss it with the media.

Haden could well be another player in danger of missing the game against the Kansas City Chiefs, and his progress will be one to keep an eye on as the week develops. Cam Sutton would start at cornerback if Haden is unable to go. With Alualu the primary backup to Heyward, the Steelers will need to have at least one of them available in Week 2.

Perhaps the most shocking news from the report was the return to full practice for Vance McDonald. Sidelined by a foot injury just a few days into camp, the presumed starter at tight end might start on Sunday if he can string a whole week of practice together.

Safety Eric Berry and linebacker Ben Niemann were the only to players held out for the Chiefs on Wednesday.