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Steelers expecting all their injured players to practice in some capacity before Browns game

The Steelers saw several injured players return to practice on Monday and Mike Tomlin is optimistic everyone on the roster will be able to practice this week

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The Pittsburgh Steelers held their first official practice session of the 2018 season on Monday and it seems Le’Veon Bell was not the only player missing out as the team prepared to face the Cleveland Browns. Tight end Vance McDonald remained sidelined as he battles a foot injury that caused him to miss most of training camp, but there were some positive signs for the rest of the injured names on the roster.

According to Joe Rutter of TribLive, Ramon Foster, Mike Hilton, Morgan Burnett and Xavier Grimble were all active participants in training on Monday, and there is a fair chance that at least one or two of them should be able to play on Sunday.

When speaking to the media on Tuesday, Mike Tomlin seemed optimistic about the overall shape of his team, suggesting the squad was in “pretty good” health. Hopeful that all the injured players on the roster would be at practice in some capacity this week, the door remains open for each of them to dress in Week 1.

“We should anticipate all members of our team at least being partial participants as we get started this week in practice and kind of let that be our guide in terms of their inclusion in the plan, or the anticipation of play.”

The Steelers must release their first official injury report of the week on Wednesday, and that report should give a more accurate picture of the state of health of some of the long-term injured.