The Pittsburgh Steelers are once again dealing with a number of injuries coming out of their Week 5 defeat. As the Steelers take the practice field for their second official day of preparation for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, there were five players who did not participate while two were limited. In the second injury report of the week courtesy of the Steelers PR Department, four players were full participants.
One player who has missed the last two games is cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon with a hamstring injury. In Tuesday’s press conference, head coach Mike Tomlin stated Witherspoon is scheduled to do some work this week. On Wednesday and Thursday, Witherspoon still did not practice.
Another player who missed last week’s game for the Steelers was safety Terrell Edmunds who left the Steelers Week 4 game in the first half and is still in the NFL concussion protocol. To come through the protocol, Edmunds will have to be symptom free and increase his physical activity. After being limited the last two practices last week, Edmunds was a full participant on Wednesday and Thursday and looks to be trending towards a return on Sunday.
Another member of the secondary who may not be available this week due to injury is cornerback Cam Sutton who is dealing with a groin and hamstring injury. Leaving Sunday’s game, Coach Tomlin said on Tuesday that Sutton may not be available to start the week. As expected, Sutton did not practice on Wednesday. On Thursday, Sutton was still unable to take the practice field.
As if there wasn’t enough in the secondary, Minkah Fitzpatrick is still dealing with a knee injury. For Wednesday’s practice, Fritzpatrcik was unable to participate. To make matters worse, Fitzpatrick was still not able to practice on Thursday.
To round out the rest of the injuries going on in the Steelers secondary, Levi Wallace is one of two players, with the other being tight end Pat Freiermuth, who left Sunday’s game and were in the concussion protocol. On Wednesday, both players were originally listed as not participating although Pat Freiermuth had his status changed to limited late Wednesday evening. On Thursday, both players are listed as being limited participants.
Larry Ogunjobi was unable to play in the second half of Sunday’s game with the back injury. Additionally, the Steelers are dealing with injuries on the defensive line with Montravius Adams with a hip injury. On Wednesday, neither player was able to participate in practice. As for Thursday, the news was split as Larry Ogunjobi was unable to participate while Montravius Adams returned as a full participant.
Another position dealing with a lot of injury is a tight end. I stated before with Pat Freiermuth being in the concussion protocol, but Zach Gentry is also dealing with a knee injury. On Wednesday, Gentry did not practice. Fortunately, Thursday for Zach Gentry coming back to practice as a full participant.
Another player who did not practice on Monday was Steelers center Mason Cole with a foot injury. Cole was seen in a walking boot earlier this week but said it would not affect his status for Sunday’s game. Whether or not this is true remains to be seen as Cole did not practice again on Thursday.
The only player on the list on Wednesday who participated but it was in a limited fashion was wide receiver Diontae Johnson with a hip injury. On Thursday, Johnson returned as a full participant.
As for the Buccaneers’ injury report, you can see the names below courtesy of Steelers.com.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Participation/Injury Report, Week 6
Thursday, October 13
TE Cameron Brate (Concussion) - FP
WR Jaelon Darden (Tooth) - FP
CB Carlton Davis (Hip) - FP
S Mike Edwards (Elbow) - LP
WR Russell Gage (Ankle) - LP
DL William Gholston (Rest_ - DNP
WR Chris Godwin (Hip/Knee/Rest) - DNP
DT Akiem Hicks (Foot) - DNP
WR Julio Jones (Knee) - DNP
CB Sean Murphy-Bunting (Quad) - DNP
OLB Carl Nassib (Illness) - FP
WR Breshad Perriman (Knee/Hamstring) - FP
S Logan Ryan (Foot) - DNP
T Donovan Smith (Elbow) - LP