The Pittsburgh Steelers have been a very healthy team in the last quarter of the regular season, but the flu bug has been going rampant through the team's locker room. Already been through players like DeAngelo Williams and Landry Jones, Ben Roethlisberger was sent home from practice Wednesday as well as Martavis Bryant and James Harrison.
Pract. rept: Blake (Back), Mitchell (Shoulder), Ben (sick), Harrison (sick), Martavis (sick) didn't practice; Grant (Groin) limited— Bob Labriola (@BobLabriola) December 30, 2015
Other than the players who have come down with the flu, Antwon Blake (back spams) and Mike Mitchell (shoulder) were the only other players who missed Wednesday's practice. Mike Tomlin stated in his weekly press conference both Blake and Mitchell will be monitored throughout the week to decide their participation in Week 17. Tomlin did tell Cleveland media today he sees the flu as a 24-48 hour process, meaning those who are missing practice should be available this Sunday in Week 17.
The only player who was limited in action Wednesday was rookie special teams player Doran Grant with a groin injury.
The Steelers need to defeat the Browns in Week 17, as well as the New York Jets to lose to the Buffalo Bills, for the team to make the postseason for the second straight season. Both the Jets and Bills game, as well as the Steelers vs. Browns game, will be played at 1:00 p.m. EDT which will make for some very interesting scoreboard watching this Sunday in Cleveland, OH.