The Pittsburgh Steelers released their first practice report ahead of Week 18’s must-win game against the Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday. The team is on a short week, with the Steelers and Ravens opening up the Week 18 schedule on Saturday, January 6 at 4:30 p.m. ET. As such, the team held a walk-through practice Tuesday, meaning this initial injury report is an estimation.
Here’s a full breakdown of Steelers first practice report to open up Week 18.
Steelers injury report: Tuesday, Jan. 2
DNP: S Minkah Fitzpatrick (knee), LB Elandon Roberts (pectoral)
Limited: S Trenton Thompson (neck), RB Najee Harris (knee), OG Isaac Seumalo (shoulder), DT Cam Heyward (groin)
Full: QB Kenny Pickett (ankle)
There aren’t many surprises on Tuesday’s initial estimated practice report. While Najee Harris, Isaac Seumalo, and Cam Heyward were all listed as limited participants, they’ve been managing these injuries with consistent appearances on the injury report in recent weeks despite playing without any limitations on gameday.
Here’s the bad news: both safety Minkah Fitzpatrick and linebacker Elandon Roberts were listed as non-participants in Tuesday’s walkthrough. Tomlin noted Monday that both of them would be considered “day-to-day” this week, so keep a close eye on their appearance on the practice reports to follow for a hint at their possible availability (or lack thereof) for Week 18.
Positively, safety Trenton Thompson, who’s missed the last two weeks with a neck injury, continues to practice in a limited fashion with the light on for a potential return in Week 18. Quarterback Kenny Pickett was listed as a full participant for the first time since suffering his ankle injury, set to back up Mason Rudolph as the No. 2 in Week 18 as the Steelers continue to ride the hot hand under center.
The best news of all for Steelers fans is the absence of linebacker T.J. Watt from the list, who suffered an undisclosed injury late in Week 17, which Tomlin noted Monday could limit him in the early portion of the week.