The Pittsburgh Steelers have moved into their second day of preparation to take on the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football. With the extra day of preparation, all of the Steelers injury reports will come one day later than usual and game statuses will not be known until Saturday. In the second injury report of the week courtesy of the Steelers PR department, one player did not practice while another two were limited.
One of the players who participated in a limited capacity on Thursday was kicker Chris Boswell who left the Steelers game late in the first half on Sunday with a concussion. Being in the NFL concussion protocol, Boswell first has to perform limited physical activities before moving on to eventually be cleared. Boswell was a full participant on Friday which gives him the possibility, and probability, to progress through the protocol in time for Monday night’s game.
For the second straight week, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger participated in a limited fashion during the first practice of the week. Last week the Steelers were coming out of the bye and therefore Roethlisberger had some extra rest. With an additional day of rest before practice resumed on Thursday, Roethlisberger did participate in a limited fashion and is still listed with a pectoral/hip injury. It is Roethlisberger’s status on Friday which is now concerning as he was listed as a limited participant with a new injury of his right shoulder added to the report. At this time, it is uncertain if Roethlisberger just took it easy because of soreness, or if he sustained an injury to his shoulder in practice and could not finish. All eyes will be on the Steelers practice on Saturday and Roethlisberger‘s availability for Monday night.
The player who missed practice on Thursday for the Steelers was tight and Eric Ebron who is still dealing with a hamstring injury. Showing up on the injury report last Thursday, Ebron has not practiced since and was ruled out early for the Steelers game in Week 8. On Friday, Ebron improved to a limited participant, leaving the possibility to play Monday.
Another veteran who found himself limited on Thursday was defensive captain Cameron Heyward. Listed with an ankle injury, Heyward spoke with the media on Thursday and did not seem to be concerned about his availability for Week 9. Heyward returned to practice as a full participant and should not be considered as a possibility of missing Monday’s game.
Another player on the injury report Thursday was reserve offensive lineman B.J. Finney who is listed with a back injury. On Friday, Finney was unable to practice, indicating that he likely suffered his injury during practice on Thursday. With this development, there is the possibility Finney may not be available for the Steelers on Monday.
As for the Bears’ injury report, you can see the names below courtesy of Steelers.com:
Friday, November 5
QB Nick Foles (Non-Injury/Personal/Illness) - DNP
TE J.P. Holtz (Concussion) - DNP
DB Eddie Jackson (Hamstring) - DNP
LB Khalil Mack (Foot) - DNP
LB Alec Ogletree (Ankle) - DNP
RB Damien Williams (Knee) - DNP
WR Darnell Mooney (Groin) - Limited
Be sure to get more information on the Steelers and Bears’ injury report on the BTSC Injury Report podcast below: