Wednesdays mean it is back to work for the Pittsburgh Steelers as they put the Week 7 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs behind them, and turn their attention to the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 8. The Steelers have plenty of injuries on their roster, and several to keep an eye on as the team progresses through their week of work.
Garvin, Gay, Tuitt, Harrison, Miller, Spaeth DNP; Vick limited; Ben full practice. Gay said he will practice Thursday.— Mark Kaboly (@MarkKaboly_Trib) October 28, 2015
The following players were held out, limited, or full participants in the Wednesday practice:
LB Terence Garvin (knee) has already been ruled out of the upcoming game with a strained MCL, William Gay (shoulder contusion), Stephon Tuitt (knee), James Harrison (day off), Heath Miller (day off) and Matt Spaeth (day off) were all held out of practice. Mike Vick (hamstring) and Will Allen (ankle) were limited while Ben Roethlisberger (knee) was a full participant in practice.
William Gay, who Mike Tomlin labeled of having a shoulder contusion in his weekly press conference, told media following practice he plans on practicing Thursday, but the big news after Wednesday's practice was Stephon Tuitt still being held out of practice with a knee sprain he suffered against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 6. With Tuitt out of the lineup, the Steelers' rush defense struggled, and Cam Thomas was unable to put the type of pressure on the quarterback as when Tuitt was a regular in the lineup.
Ben Roethlisberger practicing fully is certainly important, and big news, but the biggest news will be how his knee responds to the workout Wednesday. It was a similar situation last week which caused the Steelers' starting quarterback to experience inflammation and increased pain in his injured knee. Roethlisberger participating fully Thursday will be very important to watch moving forward.
Stay tuned to BTSC as the injury report continues to unfold leading up to the biggest game of the 2015 season against the Bengals.