With the Pittsburgh Steelers not due to play until Monday night, the team wasn’t required to release an official practice report on Wednesday, but that doesn’t mean there were no injury updates available. While reporters lurked around the locker room in hopes of hearing from Antonio Brown, some real news emerged about the health of several key players.
As per Chris Adamski of TribLive, Joe Haden was able to take part in some individual drills — the first time he’s been back on the practice field since injuring his hamstring in Week 1. David DeCastro also returned to training, even if he is still struggling with a fracture hand.
Guard David DeCastro could be in danger of missing his second straight game with a fractured hand, but tackle Al Villanueva said DeCastro will be fine after leaving the practice field in pain Wednesday. Corner Joe Haden (hamstring) should be available for Bucs. Progressing well.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) September 20, 2018
Tyson Alualu confirmed with Adamski that he had participated in practice in what typically would be characterized as a limited capacity. Noting how strange it had been to miss a game due to injury in Week 2 for the first time in his career, there’s some optimism it will not be repeated when Pittsburgh faces the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 3.
“But for injury, this was the first, so that was kind of weird for me watching. (The shoulder) is getting better, though. Happy with the progress.”
After Mike Tomlin revealed Ramon Foster was dealing with a knee injury on Tuesday, it will be no surprise to learn that the veteran guard sat out practice on Wednesday. However, Foster revealed to Adamski that he had been officially been given the day off, a midweek break that will become the norm for him for the rest of the season, just as it is for Ben Roethlisberger.
“Just right now that’s where we are; ‘Coach’ just told me got a day off, and that’s all it is, I get one weekly now.”
Foster also suggested he had no lingering problems with his knee.
“absolutely feels like it’s good.”
With no updates to share about the status of Marcus Gilbert, we will have to wait until Thursday for the first official injury report of the week to learn more.