The Pittsburgh Steelers are continuing their preparation for Week 5 of the 2021 NFL season. As the Steelers take the practice field for their second day of preparation for the Denver Broncos, one new name was added to the injury list. In the second injury report of the week courtesy of the Steelers PR department, five players progressed in more manner from yesterday’s practice.
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 a pectoral/hip injury. As expected, Roethlisberger returned to practice on Thursday as a full participant.
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. On Thursday, Claypool practiced but was still limited for the second-straight day.
Another starter who missed this past Sunday’s game was Chuks Okorafor who is still in the concussion protocol. On Thursday, Okorafor was a full participant for the second-straight day and is on his way to be cleared.
Two other players who were out on Sunday due to injury were defensive tackle Carlos Davis and guard Rashaad Coward. After missing three-straight games, Davis still did not practice Wednesday or Thursday with his knee injury. As for Coward, he returned Wednesday in a limited fashion with his ankle injury, but took a step back as he did not practice on Thursday.
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. The good news is Kevin Dotson was back as a full participant on Thursday, but the bad news is Cam Sutton missed his second-straight day and is unlikely to be ready for Sunday’s game.
Even though he was able to play this past week, wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster was limited on Wednesday with a rib injury. On Thursday, Smith-Schuster was back to a full participant.
The new player to the injury report on Thursday was wide receiver James Washington who was limited. Unfortunately, it is yet another groin injury for the Steelers which is slowing down another player.
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 on Wednesday, but both also were back to full participants on Thursday.
As for the Broncos’ injury report, you can see the names below courtesy of Steelers.com.
Denver Broncos Participation/Injury Report, Week 5
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7
QB Teddy Bridgewater (Concussion) - Limited
RB Melvin Gordon III (Lower Leg) - Limited
T Bobby Massie (NIR – Rest) - DNP
WR Diontae Spencer (Chest) - Limited
CB Pat Surtain II (Chest) - Limited
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) - DNP
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: