The Pittsburgh Steelers held their first official practice ahead of Week 13, with some positive news on the injury front as several key starters logged full practice sessions Wednesday.
Most notable on the list was All-Pro safety Minkah Fitzpatrick, who logged his first practice since suffering a hamstring injury in Week 8’s loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Also notable is the full participation of quarterback Kenny Pickett, who Head Coach Mike Tomlin noted was dealing with some ankle discomfort and could potentially be limited early in the week.
Though several other players were absent from Wednesday’s practice, most were just granted their usual veteran rest day. Second-year wide receiver Calvin Austin III was the only player listed as a non-participant who had received an injury designation, listed with an ankle injury.
Since teammate Diontae Johnson returned from injured reserve, Austin’s role as a receiver has been relatively limited, seeing just five total targets since the Steelers returned from their Week 6 bye. He has, however, held the role as the team’s primary punt returner, so any absence from him in Week 13 would require a look toward the depth on special teams. Tomlin said Tuesday that Austin’s ankle looked “significantly better” than it had after Sunday’s game, so it remains to be seen whether or not he could miss time.
Here’s a look at the full Steelers injury report for Wednesday, November 29 ahead of Week 13 against the Arizona Cardinals.
Steelers practice report: Wednesday, November 29
Full participants: QB Kenny Pickett (ankle), S Minkah Fitzpatrick (hamstring), DT Montravius Adams (ankle)
DNP: Calvin Austin (ankle)
Rest day: Cam Heyward, OG Isaac Seumalo, CB Patrick Peterson, WR Allen Robinson