The Pittsburgh Steelers had their final practice of Week 17 as they prepare to take on the Baltimore Ravens. According to the Steelers PR Department, there were only two players who did not participate in practice on Friday and they have both been ruled out for Sunday’s game.
James Conner was unable to practice again on Friday with his thigh injury, confirming what many had thought about him being able to play this week. Conner has now been officially ruled out for Week 17. Is unclear exactly which running backs will carry the workload in Conner’s absence as the Steelers have used Jaylen Samuels, Benny Snell Jr., and Kerrith Whyte Jr. in various roles when Conner missed previous games. Ok
Maurkice Pouncey is still out with a knee injury and was ruled out by head coach Mike Tomlin in his Tuesday press conference. Pouncey has not been put on the IR and therefore would be eligible to play beyond Week 17 should the Steelers qualify for the postseason. B.J. Finney looks to start in place of Pouncey at center.
Two players who each missed a day of practice throughout the week were cornerbacks Steven Nelson with a groin and Joe Haden with a foot. Both players practiced fully on Friday and carry no injury status for Week 17.
As for the Ravens’ status report, it can be seen below courtesy of ESPN’s Jamison Hensley. With several key starters deemed as questionable, the Ravens may choose to rest any player struggling with injury in a game which is meaningless for Baltimore. Head coach John Harbaugh already ruled out Mark Ingram, Lamar Jackson, Marshal Yanda, Brandon Williams, and Earl Thomas earlier in the week.
RAVENS INJURY REPORT VS STEELERS— Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) December 27, 2019
RB Mark Ingram (calf)
TE Mark Andrews (ankle)
S Earl Thomas (knee/hand)
CB Marcus Peters (chest)
CB Jimmy Smith (groin)
WR Hollywood Brown (illness)
Thomas, Lamar Jackson, Marshal Yanda and Brandon Williams won’t play Sunday.