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Ryan Shazier injury: Steelers rookie linebacker practices fully Thursday

For the first time since before the Steelers played the Carolina Panthers in Week 3, Ryan Shazier went through a full practice and appears on schedule to play Sunday vs. Indianapolis.

Justin K. Aller

The Steelers look to have their first-round pick back on the field Sunday when they host the AFC South-leading Indianapolis Colts.  

Linebacker Ryan Shazier injured his knee during Pittsburgh's 37-19 win over the Carolina Panthers in Week 3. He hasn't played in a game since then, despite practicing on a limited basis a few times. He practiced fully on Thursday and, barring a setback like he reportedly had last week before the team's Monday Night Football game against Houston, it appears he'll be good to go in Week 8.  

Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor, out since Week 3 with a broken forearm, was limited in practice today but probably shouldn't be expected to play Sunday. With only four weeks having passed since the injury, he could be just working on some conditioning for a return in a few weeks.  

On the other side of the coin, the Steelers were without right tackle Marcus Gilbert (concussion) again, leading to speculation the team's offensive line will be without one of its starters. It would be the first game either of the Steelers' tackles will have missed this year, a long run of injury-free football at two positions where the Steelers have experienced constant injuries during the last few seasons.  

Nose tackle Steve McLendon (shoulder) missed practice as well, suggesting Cam Thomas is in line to make his second start at nose tackle and Stephon Tuitt will make his second career start.  

Safety Shamarko Thomas (hamstring) was limited Thursday as well. He has missed the last two games with the same injury.