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Steelers Injury Report: 7 Steelers return to practice on Thursday

After featuring 10 players who did not practice Wednesday, Thursday’s injury report in much more optimistic in places.

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One week into the NFL season, the Pittsburgh Steelers are dealing with injury concerns, specifically along their offensive line. In the second injury report of the week courtesy of the Steelers PR department, David DeCastro and Stefen Wisniewski were still unable to practice as 7 players returned to action on Thursday.

It should be noted Steelers tackle Zach Banner no longer appears on the injury report as he was placed on the Reserve/Injured List on Wednesday after practice. In a corresponding move, the Steelers signed former fourth-round draft pick Jerald Hawkins to the active roster. Banner is scheduled to have surgery on Friday

Since they were unable to return Thursday, DeCastro and Wisniewski are looking less likely to be available for Week 2. If both players are unable to go Sunday, it looks to be the first career start a Steelers fourth round draft pick Kevin Dotson. More importantly, the issue of who would be backing up Dotson at guard is something that Steelers would also need to address.

Returning to the Steelers for Thursday’s practice were wide receivers JuJu Smith-Schuster and Diontae Johnson. Smith-Schuster was dealing with a knee injury on Wednesday while Johnson has continued to recover from a toe ailment.

Other players to return were Alejandro Villanueva after missing Wednesday due to an illness and Stephon Tuitt who was dealing with an achilles.

As expected, Ben Roethlisberger and Maurkice Pouncey returned after a scheduled day off.

Running back James Conner was also able to return to practice from his ankle injury after leaving Monday night’s game against the Giants.

As for the Broncos’ injury report, you can see the names below:

For a recap of the injury report, check out the BTSC Steelers Injury Update podcast below: