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Steelers Injury Report: Vance McDonald and Jaylen Samuels return to practice on Thursday

McDonald was limited with his concussion while Samuels returned as a full participant

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The Pittsburgh Steelers had their second practice of Week 15 as they prepare to take on the Buffalo Bills at Heniz Field this coming Sunday night. According to the Steelers PR Department, there were only two players who did not participate in practice on Thursday.

Both wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and running back James Conner returned fully to practice on Wednesday for the first time since sustaining their injuries in Week 11. On Thursday, Conner continued as a full participant while Smith-Schuster was limited as he left practice for an unknown reason.

Running back Jaylen Samuels suffered a groin injury against the Cardinals on Sunday. His availability for Sunday was in question as he did not participate in practice on Wednesday. But with Samuels returning to practice on Thursday, he feels he will be ready for the game on Sunday.

Tight end Vance McDonald is in the NFL’s concussion protocol after leaving last Sunday’s game in the second half and was unable to practice on Wednesday. Returning to limited action on Thursday, McDonald’s response to Thursday’s activities will go a long way in his progression through the concussion protocol.

The players who did not practice on Wednesday were due to a coaches decision all returned Thursday. Mark Barron, Maurkice Pouncey, David DeCastro, and Alejandro Villanueva. were all full participants. The only player out due to a coaches decision was guard Ramon Foster who was given his typical Thursday off.

The only other player to miss practice on Thursday was wide receiver Johnny Holton due to an illness.

As for the Buffalo Bills injury report, it can be seen below courtesy of

Buffalo Bills Participation/Injury Report, Week 15

Thursday, December 12

LB Lorenzo Alexander (Rest) - DNP

RB Frank Gore (Illness) - DNP

DE Jerry Hughes (Rest) - DNP

DT Corey Liuget (Knee) - Limited

OT Ty Nsekhe (Ankle) - DNP

DT Jordan Phillips (Knee) - Limited