Although the Pittsburgh Steelers only had one name included on their official daily practice report, it would appear that Vance McDonald took a step back in his recovery on Thursday when he was listed as a non-participant. Held out of practice after being limited on Wednesday, McDonald has not yet been able to take a full part in training since suffering a foot injury during camp on July 29.
When speaking with Teresa Varley of Steelers.com, McDonald was obviously disappointed with how his offseason has gone and it seems highly unlikely he will be cleared to play against the Cleveland Browns.
“Camp was a huge opportunity and I didn’t get that opportunity. Obviously angry and frustrated. I am day to day. Where I want to be on Sunday is playing against Cleveland. Every day I am getting better.”
Perhaps the biggest surprise of the injury reports so far this week has been the absence of Ramon Foster’s name. While a knee injury suffered during training camp seem to suggest he would miss some playing time at the start of the year, he appears to be much further along in his recovery than many might have expected. A full participant in both days of practice so far, Foster has could be a surprise starter on Sunday. As he told Varley
“It is very ahead of schedule for me, I am enjoying the process. I am feeling good.”
Nothing has been reported all week about the health of T.J. Watt either, and it can only be hoped that he has recovered enough from his hamstring injury to be able to play in Cleveland too. As always, the Steelers final injury report of the week will be the critical one when it comes to determining player availability.
Steelers: TE Vance McDonald (Foot) - DNP
Browns: LB Genard Avery (Glute) - Full, LB James Burgess (Concussion) - DNP, DT Trevon Coley (Ankle) - Full, TE Seth DeValve (Quad) - Limited, DB E.J. Gaines (Knee) - DNP, WR Josh Gordon (Hamstring) - Limited, T Desmond Harrison (Knee) - Limited, LB Christian Kirksey (Shoulder) - Full, DB Damarious Randall (Knee) - Full