The Pittsburgh Steelers now put their Week 13 win over the New York Giants in their rear view mirror, and start to prepare for the Buffalo Bills. Their Week 14 opponent will require all hands on deck for the black and gold, and there are several players who’s availability in that contest will be up-in-the-air.
The most notable injuries would be kicker Chris Boswell (abdomen), Javon Hargrave (concussion) and Shamarko Thomas (concussion). All three of those players did not practice on Wednesday, and in Hargrave and Thomas’ cases, they will have to wait to pass the NFL’s concussion protocol before returning to the field. While most fans think a concussion isn’t a long-term injury, there is no guarantee the defensive lineman and special teams ace will be ready for Week 14.
As for Boswell, his injury very well could be a game-time decision, as it was last Sunday, and is why the team has elected to keep Randy Bullock on their roster as an insurance policy.
However, not all injury news was bad for the Steelers. The team welcomed running back DeAngelo Williams back to the practice field for the first time since have his knee surgically repaired several weeks ago. Although he likely won’t be ready to play Sunday, it is a sign he is on the road to recovery.
Other players who missed practice were Darrius Heyward-Bey (foot), Ramon Foster (day off), and Ben Roethlisberger was limited (non-injury related).
For the full injury report for both Buffalo and Pittsburgh, see the breakdown below:
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
LB Lorenzo Alexander (Not Injury Related)
T Cordy Glenn (Back)
LB Lerentee McCray (Concussion)
WR Sammy Watkins (Foot)
TE Charles Clay (Knee)
CB Ronald Darby (Concussion)
WR Robert Woods (Knee)
QB Tyrod Taylor (Groin)