The Pittsburgh Steelers have completed their atypical Saturday practice due to having a Monday night game against the Chicago Bears. With the extra day of preparation, all of the Steelers injury reports have come one day later than usual and game statuses were not available until today. With no further ado, from the final injury report of the week courtesy of the Steelers PR department, one player has been ruled out while one other is questionable for Monday night.
One of the players who participated in a limited capacity on Thursday before being full on Friday was kicker Chris Boswell, who left the Steelers game late in the first half on Sunday with a concussion. On Saturday, Boswell had another full practice and must be cleared of the NFL concussion protocol as he has no injury status for Monday’s game.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger participated in a limited fashion during the first practice of the week on Thursday with a Pectoral/hip injury, but stayed stayed limited on Friday with a new addition of a right shoulder injury. It was 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. Following practice on Saturday, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said Roethlisberger is playing on Monday and they are managing the situation. As for the injury report, Roethlisberger was listed as as a full participant on Saturday and carries no injury status.
The player who missed practice on Thursday for the Steelers was tight end Eric Ebron who is still dealing with a hamstring injury. On Friday, Ebron improved to a limited participant, leaving the possibility to play Monday. In the Steelers final practice, Ebron went back to not participating and has been ruled out for Week 9.
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 Friday and Saturday with has no injury status for Monday.
Another player on the injury report all week is 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 when he was listed as limited. On Saturday, Finney came back to participate in a limited fashion and is listed as questionable for Monday night.
A new player to the injury report was safety Minkah Fitzpatrick with a foot injury. Following practice, Coach Tomlin said Fitzpatrick was given the day off and will play on Monday. For this reason, Fitzpatrick does not have an injury status regards to the game.
As for the Bears’ injury report, you can see the names below courtesy of Steelers.com. The Bears have four players ruled out, one doubtful, and two more who are questionable. The most notable players are Kahlil Mack who is out again in Week 9 and defensive back Eddie Jackson who is doubtful. Linebacker Alec Ogletree is questionable despite not practicing all week with an ankle injury.
Chicago Bears Participation/Injury Report, Week 9
QB Nick Foles (Non-Injury/Personal/Illness) - Out
TE J.P. Holtz (Concussion) - Out
DB Eddie Jackson (Hamstring) - Doubtful
LB Khalil Mack (Foot) - Out
LB Alec Ogletree (Ankle) - Questionable
RB Damien Williams (Knee) - Out
WR Darnell Mooney (Groin) - Questionable
Saturday, November 6
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
To hear more on the Steelers and Bears’ injury report, check out the BTSC Injury Report podcast below: