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Steelers Injury Report: several key players still out on Thursday

One player injured on Monday returned to practice while many others still remain out

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are back to the grind in preparation for their game against the Baltimore Ravens. According to the Steelers PR Department, six players sat out of practice on Thursday.

One player welcomed back to the practice field was defensive captain Cameron Heyward. Injuring his quadriceps on the first drive Monday night, Heyward returned to the game and registered 2.5 sacks. Heyward joins linebacker Vince Williams as the other player on the report returning from injury.

As expected, Roosevelt Nix and Anthony Chickillo are still unable to return from injury after each missing the last several games. Vance McDonald missed Monday’s game with a shoulder injury and was unable to get back on the field yet again on Thursday.

New players this week to the injury report were James Conner (ankle) and JuJu Smith-Schuster (toe) who both missed their second day of practice. Their participation in Friday’s practice will be key in playing on Sunday. While Conner’s status is still up in the air, offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner is confident Smith-Schuster will play on Sunday.

Maurkice Pouncey and Mark Barron both returned Thursday after they sat out of Wednesday’s practice as a coaches decision. Ramon Foster was given the day off on Thursday.

As for the Ravens injury report, it can be seen below courtesy of Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic. CB Jimmy Smith is still out with a knee injury as DT Brandon Williams returned in a limited capacity.