The Pittsburgh Steelers will face the New England Patriots to kick off Week 14 on Thursday Night Football, holding a walkthrough Tuesday in preparation for the game. That practice report yielded one big surprise for the day, as running back Najee Harris was listed as a non-participant, newly listed with a knee injury.
Here is a full look at Tuesday’s practice report ahead of Week 14.
Steelers practice report Week 14: Monday, December 4
FP: S Minkah Fitzpatrick (hand), DT Montravius Adams (groin)
DNP: RB Najee Harris (knee), QB Kenny Pickett (ankle), CB James Pierre (shoulder)
Limited: DT Keeanu Benton (oblique), LB Elandon Roberts (groin), LG Isaac Seumalo (shoulder), C Mason Cole (neck), DT Cam Heyward (rest/groin)
Running back Najee Harris’ knee injury is a new one as of Tuesday, coming off a Week 13 outing where Harris totaled 16 carries — tied for the second most he’s seen in a game all season — while playing a season-high 59% of snaps. The team had been quite cautious throughout the offseason and training camp in regards to Harris’ workload, so it remains to be seen if this is more of a load management situation as the team sits on a short week or it is actually concerning for his availability. The run game will be as crucial as ever with quarterback Kenny Pickett out, which could mean a career day for teammate Jaylen Warren if Harris were to miss the game due to injury.
The Steelers did receive some good news Tuesday, as both linebacker Elandon Roberts and left guard Isaac Seumalo returned to practice in a limited fashion. Tomlin noted that both of them were looking “questionable” heading into Thursday’s game, but logging a limited session is a step in the right direction for their availability.
Once again, quarterback Kenny Pickett remains on the injury report, a non-participant with an ankle injury after undergoing surgery on Monday morning. Though he’s expected to miss 2-4 weeks, he’ll continue to be listed on the injury report since the team is not placing him on the injured reserve list.