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Steelers Injury Report: 4 players return while 4 others remain out on Thursday

The Steelers have multiple players not trending in the right direction to play on Sunday.

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The Steelers continued with their preparation for their Week 15 matchup against the Indianapolis Colts where they look to end their three-game losing streak. In the second injury report for the Steelers for Week 16 courtesy of the Steelers PR Department, the Steelers had 4 players return to action, 4 continue to miss, and one new addition to the report in a limited capacity.

Steelers PR Department

The best news from the injury report is the players who practiced for the second consecutive day. Rookie guard Kevin Dotson, running back James Conner, and fullback Derek Watt all practiced for the second day in a row. At this rate, all three players look to be available on Sunday.

Players who returned the action on Thursday include the three players who were held out Wednesday due to a coaches decision. Ben Roethlisberger, Maurkice Pouncey, and David DeCastro all came back to practice on Thursday in order to prepare for Sunday’s game. Additionally, Eric Ebron was a full participant after missing Wednesday with a back injury.

There were several other players who did not practice on Wednesday and did not return on Thursday. Marcus Allen had a shoulder stinger on the final play of the third quarter Monday night but did return to the game. Allen missed his second straight day of practice along with Ulysees Gilbert with an ankle injury and Olasunkanmi Adeniyi with a shoulder. The most concerning player to miss practice again on Thursday is defensive end Stephon Tuitt with a back injury. Out of these four players, Tuitt has the most experience and could get by with only one day of practice should he be able to return Friday. But as on now, all four players are not trending in a manner to have them available for Sunday.

Another concern on the Steelers injury report was the addition of Chris Boswell who was limited with a groin injury. Boswell missed the Steelers Week 13 matchup against the Washington Football Team, so seeing him pop up several weeks later is an injury to watch.

As for the Colts’ official injury report, you can see the names below courtesy of

Indianapolis Colts Participation/Injury Report, Week 16

Thursday, December 24

TE Jack Doyle (Quadriceps) - DNP

WR Marcus Johnson (Quadriceps) - DNP

DE Al-Quadin Muhammad (Ankle) - DNP

DT DeForest Buckner (Ankle) - Limited

T Anthony Costanzo (Knee/Ankle) - Limited

TE Mo Alie-Cox (Knee) - Full

DT/DE Denico Autry (NIR) - Full

TE Trey Burton (NIR) - Full

DE Justin Houston (NIR) - Full

G/C Quenten Nelson (Back) - Full

QB Phillip Rivers (Toe) - Full

For more information on the Steelers injury report, check out the injury report podcast below: