The Pittsburgh Steelers had several question marks on the injury front heading into their Week 8 game at Heinz Field against the Cincinnati Bengals. After Thursday's practice, those question marks are starting to become clearer as their lineup starts to take shape.
Gay and Ben had full practices today. Tuitt, Allen and Vick DNP.— Ray Fittipaldo (@rayfitt1) October 29, 2015
The headline injury report being Ben Roethlisberger's knee was a good one as the franchise quarterback had his second consecutive full participation in practice, and seems set to return to the lineup against the Bengals this weekend. The coaching staff and medical team will continue to monitor Roethlisberger's knee and how it feels, but have been ultimately happy with his results to date.
No doubt Ben will start Sunday for #Steelers. Told me today "no issues" with knee. "It feels good again, we’re moving forward pretty good."— Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) October 29, 2015
Other than Roethlisberger being a full participant, William Gay, who suffered a shoulder contusion vs. the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 7, was a full participant in practice and looks as if he will be making the start this Sunday. Veteran players who were given Wednesday off (James Harrison, Heath Miller and Matt Spaeth) all returned to practice Thursday.
Wednesday saw Mike Vick (hamstring) and Will Allen (ankle) as limited participants in the workout, but both were held out of practice Thursday. The only other injury of note was Stephon Tuitt's knee injury which looks as if it will keep him out of his second consecutive game as he didn't practice for the second straight day.
Mike Tomlin likes to have his players participate in some fashion on Friday to be available for the game Sunday, and for a player like Tuitt, time is running out.
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