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.
JuJu injured his toe vs. Cincy. Per OC Randy Fichtner:— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) October 3, 2019
"JuJu got a little banged up early in that ball game last week. We held him a little bit today. Held him yesterday. Don’t have any feeling like he wouldn’t be back with us, but he gutted it out & I was really proud of him."
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.
Ravens practice participation report: Did not practice - C Matt Skura (knee), CB Jimmy Smith (knee). Limited - TE Mark Andrews (foot), DT Brandon Williams (knee). Full-S Earl Thomas (non-injury related).— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiec) October 3, 2019