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Steelers injury report: Diontae Johnson misses practice Wednesday, TJ Watt upgraded to ‘full’

Here’s a look at the Steelers’ practice report for Wednesday, December 13 ahead of their Week 15 game against the Colts.

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive tackle Cameron Heyward (97) and Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt (90) celebrate a sack in the fourth quarter of a Week 12 NFL football game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2023, at Paycor Stadium. Kareem Elgazzar/The Enquirer / USA TODAY NETWORK

The Pittsburgh Steelers will travel to face the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium in Week 15, getting in their second practice of the week ahead of the big show down.

In addition to quarterback Kenny Pickett, who was already ruled out for Week 15 as he continues to rehab following ankle surgery, two other players missed practice Wednesday, including LG Isaac Seumalo and WR Diontae Johnson. Johnson’s sudden missed practice is most concerning as it is a brand new injury after practicing in full on Tuesday.

Seumalo also missed practice on Tuesday with the injury, having dealt with this shoulder injury since he suffered it back in Week 13. It seems likely that his absence from practice is more about maintenance through the rehab process to keep him available for gameday.

On the positive front, several players were upgraded to full participation in practice Wednesday, including star EDGE rusher T.J. Watt, who was limited with a concussion on Tuesday. Running back Najee Harris, who has been managing a knee injury, as well as safety Damontae Kazee (ankle) and defensive tackle Cam Heyward, were all upgraded to “full” Wednesday as well.

Here’s a look at the full Steelers practice report for Wednesday, December 13.

Steelers injury report: Week 15 (Wednesday)

DNP: WR Diontae Johnson (knee), QB Kenny Pickett (ankle), G Isaac Seumalo (shoulder)

Limited: DT Keeanu Benton (oblique), LB Alex Highsmith (concussion), LB Elandon Roberts (groin)

Full: CB James Pierre (shoulder), RB Najee Harris (knee), S Damontae Kazee (ankle), DT Cameron Heyward (groin), LB T.J. Watt (concussion)

Given the current trajectory of those on the injury report, it seems likely that the Steelers will be have most of their starters available for Week 15 against the Colts, with the biggest question marks being wide receiver Diontae Johnson and linebacker Alex Highsmith. Both he and T.J. Watt remain in the concussion protocol, though Watt is one step ahead of him having logged a full practice. Both would need to be cleared by team doctors and an independent neurological consultant in order to return.