The Pittsburgh Steelers were once again dealing with a number of injuries coming out of their Week 6 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but as the week has progressed player participation has increased greatly. As the Steelers took the practice field for their final official day of preparation for the Miami Dolphins, there was one player who did not participate while two were limited. In the third and final injury report of the week courtesy of the Steelers PR Department, the Steelers have one player ruled out, one doubtful, and one questionable.
Looking first at the players who missed the Steelers most recent game, both Ahkello Witherspoon and Cam Sutton were out due to hamstring injuries. Witherspoon has not practiced since his injury which has now cost him three games. On Wednesday, both Witherspoon and Sutton were able to practice in a limited capacity. Thursday, both players returned fully to the practice field. On Friday, Sutton was once again a full participant and has no injury status, but Witherspoon went back to being limited and is listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game.
Minkah Fitzpatrick is looking to get back on the field this week against his former team as he missed Week 6 with a knee injury. On Wednesday, Fitzpatrick was a limited participant but progressed to a full participant on Thursday. On Friday, Fitzpatrick was once again a full participant and carries no injury status.
Both Levi Wallace and Pat Freiermuth were unable to play Sunday as they were still in the concussion protocol. With both players practicing in a limited capacity last week, they started off this week’s set of practices by participating in a full capacity both days. Before practice on Friday, it was announced both players, along with Kenny Pickett, are out of the NFL’s concussion protocol and are good to go for Sunday.
There are a number of players head coach Mike Tomlin mentioned in his injury report on Tuesday. Most notably was starting quarterback Kenny Pickett who left Sunday’s game as he was placed in the concussion protocol. in his press conference on Tuesday, Coach Tomlin said he expected Pickett to be able to do all the things expected of him in practice this week. As promised, Kenny Pickett was a full participant this week and, as mentioned above, is cleared to play.
There were other players who were banged up from Sunday’s game who landed on this week‘s injury report. Steven Sims has a hamstring and was unable to participate in Wednesday’s practice while Larry Ogunjobi was was the only other player besides Sims who did not participate due to a knee injury. On Thursday, Ogunjobi returned as a full participant while Sims missed his second practice. On Friday, Sims was unable to return and has been ruled out for the game while Ogunjobi was a full participant and has no injury status.
Both James Daniels and Myles Jack are dealing with ankle issues and were limited Wednesday but returned fully on Thursday. On Friday both players were all clear again to practice fully and have no injury status.
Another player dealing with a nagging injury is center Mason Cole who missed the first two practices of last week before returning on Friday and playing against the Buccaneers on Sunday. Cole was injured during the game but only missed one snap as he got his ankle/foot taped. As for this week, Cole started the week as a limited participant and progressed to being listed as a full participant on Thursday and Friday and will play on Sunday.
The only other player on the injury report not mentioned in Coach Tomlin’s press conference on Tuesday was defensive lineman Chris Wormley who was limited with an ankle injury on Wednesday. On Thursday and Friday, Wormley returned as a full participant and he is good to go to play Sunday.
New to the injury report on Thursday were Steelers defensive captain Cam Heyward and cornerback James Pierre. Heyward missed Thursday’s practice as a coaches decision while Pierre was limited with a hip injury. Cam Heyward returned as a full participant on Friday, but Pierre was once again limited in practice and is questionable for Sunday’s game.
As for the Dolphins’ injury report, you can see the names below courtesy of Steelers.com.
Miami Dolphins Participation/Injury Report, Week 7
CB Keion Crossen (Knee) - Doubtful
T Terron Armstead (Toe) - Questionable
CB Xavien Howard (Vet Rest/Groin) - Questionable
CB Kader Kohou (Oblique) - Questionable
T Greg Little (Achilles) - Questionable
DE Emmanuel Ogbah (Back) - Questionable
TE Durham Smythe (Hamstring) - Questionable
QB Skylar Thompson (R. Thumb) - Questionable
WR Jaylen Waddle (Shoulder) - Questionable
DT Christian Wilkins (Hand) - Questionable
Friday, October 21
T Terron Armstead (Toe) - DNP
LB Sam Eguavoen (Not Injury Related - Illness) - FP
CB Keion Crossen (Knee) - DNP
LB Melvin Ingram (Not Injury Related - Vet Rest) ---
DE Emmanuel Ogbah (Back) - LP
DT Christian Wilkins (Hand) - LP
WR Jaylen Waddle (Shoulder) - LP
LB Jerome Baker (Hip) - FP
CB Xavien Howard (Vet Rest/Groin) - LP
CB Kader Kohou (Oblique) - LP
RB Raheem Mostert (Knee) - FP
DL Zach Sieler (Hand) - LP
TE Durham Smythe (Hamstring) - LP
QB Skylar Thompson (R. Thumb) - LP
DB Elijah Campbell (Foot) ---
TE Tanner Conner (Knee) - FP
T Greg Little (Achilles) - LP