The Pittsburgh Steelers are in the midst of a three-game losing streak and are looking to bounce back in Week 5. As the Steelers take the practice field for their first day of preparation for the Denver Broncos, 10 names were on the list. In the first injury report of the week courtesy of the Steelers PR department, there were four players who did not participate while five players were limited.
As expected, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger did not practice on Wednesday as it is his scheduled day off. Just like last week, rather than have him listed as a coaches decision, Roethlisberger is listed as having an injury. This week, it is listed as a pertoral/hip injury versus just the pectoral label the last two weeks.
After missing Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury, Chase Claypool returned in a limited role on Wednesday and is hopeful to get back on the field this week. Another starter who missed this past Sunday’s game was Chuks Okorafor who is still in the concussion protocol. On Wednesday, Okorafor was a full participant and is on his way to be cleared.
Two other players who were out on Sunday due to injury was defensive tackle Carlos Davis and guard Rashaad Coward. After missing three-straight games, Davis still did not practice with his knee injury. As for Coward, he returned in a limited fashion with his ankle injury.
Two players who left Sunday’s game due to injury were Cam Sutton with a groin and Kevin Dotson with a hip flexor. Unfortunately, both players did not practice on Wednesday and their availability for Sunday is now in doubt depending on their progress the rest of the week.
Even though he was able to play this past week, wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster was limited on Wednesday with a rib injury. Much like last week, Smith-Schuster‘s participation in the final two days of the week will determine if he carries an injury status.
The final two players on the injury report were guard Trai Turner with an illness and defensive tackle Cam Heyward with a neck injury. Both players participated in a limited fashion.
As for the Broncos’ injury report, you can see the names below:
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6
QB Teddy Bridgewater (Concussion) - DNP
RB Melvin Gordon III (Lower Leg) - DNP
T Bobby Massie (NIR – Rest) - DNP
WR Diontae Spencer (Chest) - DNP
CB Pat Surtain II (Chest) - DNP
ILB Baron Browning (Back) - Limited
G Graham Glasgow (Knee) - Limited
OLB Von Miller (NIR – Rest) - Limited
OLB Andre Mintze (Hamstring) - Limited
TE Albert Okwuegbunam (Hamstring) - Limited
G Dalton Risner (Ankle) - Limited
DE Shelby Harris (Wrist) - Full
S Justin Simmons (Hand) - Full
For more information on the Steelers and Broncos’ injury reports, check out the BTSC Injury Report podcast below: