The Pittsburgh Steelers finished up their second practice of the week in preparation for the Los Angeles Chargers. According to the Steelers PR Department, six players sat out I’d practice on Thursday.
Quarterback Mason Rudolph was able to continue in a limited capacity at practice today as he continues to work his way through the NFL’s concussion protocol. As with most players, Friday will be the key as offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner has been noncommittal on who will start for the Steelers at quarterback on Sunday.
Steelers OC Randy Fichtner said he’s not sure who the starting QB will be Sunday. Rudolph is still working through the concussion protocol.— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) October 10, 2019
Although there was hope that he could return this week, Roosevelt Nix did not participate in practice again on Thursday. Nix has been out since leaving the Steeler’s Week 1 game with a knee injury and it appears he will be out yet again in Week 6. James Washington and Jaylen Samuels did not participate in practice as Samuels has already been ruled out for the week. It has been reported that Washington will miss several weeks, but nothing officially from the Steelers has been reported. Most likely Washington would be ruled out after Friday’s practice.
Anthony Chickillo returned to practice in a limited role Wednesday and progressed to a full participant on Thursday. Barring a setback, Chickillo should be available for the first time since Week 2. Steven Nelson was another player limited on Wednesday with his groin injury, and was limited again on Thursday.
Other players on the injury list included Vance McDonald with his shoulder who was unable to participate again on Thursday. Much like last week, McDonald’s status will depend on Friday’s practice. Mark Barron is another player who has yet to practice this week, so his availability is highly questionable.
A player new to the injury list is Mike Hilton who was limited in practice with a foot. Ramon Foster was also given a veterans day off as a coaches decision. Both Maurkice Pouncey and Justin Layne returned to practice on Thursday.
As for the Chargers injury report, it can be seen below courtesy of Steelers.com.
Los Angeles Chargers Participation/Injury Report, Week 6
Thursday, October 10
S Nasir Adderley (Hamstring) - DNP
K Michael Badgley (Right Groin) - DNP
DE Melvin Ingram (Hamstring) - DNP
RB Justin Jackson (Calf) - DNP
WR Andre Patton (Quad) - DNP
CB Casey Hayward (Back) - Limited
TE Hunter Henry (Knee) - Limited
P/K Ty Long (Left Foot) - Full
LB Denzel Perryman (Ankle) - Full