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Steelers center Mason Cole a late addition to Monday’s injury report ahead of Week 14

Pittsburgh Steelers center Mason Cole (61) looks on during the regular season NFL football game between the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers on November 12, 2023 at Acrisure Stadium in Pittsburgh, PA. Photo by Mark Alberti/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

After releasing their initial estimated practice report on Monday, the Pittsburgh Steelers added another name to the list in a follow-up memo — center Mason Cole, who was listed with a neck injury. Cole struggled a bit in Week 13, with several poor snaps, including one in particular to backup Mitch Trubisky was recovered by the Cardinals, which set them up to James Conner’s first touchdown of the day — a key mistake of the day.

The Steelers can hardly afford more injuries at this point, especially having just lost Isaac Seumalo at left guard — listed as a non-participant on Monday’s estimated practice report with a shoulder injury. He left Sunday’s game with the injury and was later ruled out, replaced by backup OL Nate Herbig for the rest of Week 13. Herbig is also listed as the backup center on the team’s official depth chart.

If they need some help on the offensive line, particularly given the short turnaround time playing on Thursday Night Football, Steelers could look to rookie OL Spencer Anderson, who has experience playing at right tackle, right guard, and occasionally, at center over five seasons at Maryland. Anderson showed off some of that versatility for the Steelers, having played snaps at left guard, right guard, right tackle, and center in the 2023 preseason.

Since the team is on a short week, they did not hold practice Monday, but are still required to submit an estimated practice report noting who would be limited or held out if they were to practice. Tuesday should mark the team’s first official practice of the week, which will provide some more clarity toward Cole’s status moving forward.