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Steelers Injury Report: Ben Roethlisberger status uncertain after missing second practice

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Big Ben was one of three names held out of training for a second day in a row along with David DeCastro and Joe Haden

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The Pittsburgh Steelers official practice report for Thursday made slightly better reading than the one they released on Wednesday, but there are still some key names sidelined by injury with just one full day of practice remaining before they take on the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 2.

After telling reporters his elbow was fine only a day earlier, Ben Roethlisberger was held out of training for a second consecutive day and his status for Sunday must now be considered questionable. Big Ben was not the only starter sitting out once again either, with David DeCastro and Joe Haden both forced to miss another practice session due to injury as well.

If they cannot practice on Friday, it is unlikely that any of these three names will play against the Chiefs and the final injury report of the week will be especially significant. While Roethlisberger seems to have the best chance of playing of this group, there does not appear to be an overwhelming sense of confidence that he will.

Josh Dobbs would start in place of Roethlisberger if he cannot go, while Cameron Sutton would replace Joe Haden and B.J. Finney would cover for David DeCastro.

There was some good news with the return of Cam Heyward as a full participant in training after being sidelined on Wednesday. Tyson Alualu’s involvement as a limited participant is at least encouraging given he was unable to train the day before too. Back-to-back days of full practice for Vance McDonald is something of a miracle given how limited he has been for the last month or so and the tight end is optimistic he might play against the Chiefs.

Eric Berry and Ben Niemann missed another day of practice for Kansas City and they look to be the only players in any real danger of missing the game for the Chiefs this week.