At Mike Tomlin's weekly press conference Tuesday, the main injury news surrounded the status of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger leading into their Week 10 game against the Cleveland Browns. What might not have been as talked about, yet was announced at the conference, were three starters being named on the injury report as possibly missing practice early in the week.
James Harrison (knee), Ryan Shazier (knee) and DeAngelo Williams (foot) are all experiencing swelling in their specific joint of concern leading into the upcoming game. Tomlin stated each player will likely miss practice Wednesday, but their availability for the Sunday would rely on their ability to participate in practice on Thursday or Friday.
For Harrison and Williams, this is their first time on the injury report this season, and the hope is they both will respond well when returning to make them available Sunday. If Harrison can't go, Arthur Moats will likely become a swing OLB and help spell Jarvis Jones at the right OLB position. As for Williams, if he is unable to play, it will be Jordan Todman as the 'next man up' on the depth chart, with Isaiah Pead possibly ready to see his first action with the Steelers.
As Harrison and Williams have avoided the injury report, the same cannot be said about Ryan Shazier. Shazier sat out 4 weeks with a nerve injury in his shoulder, and everyone involved is hoping this knee injury doesn't put the 2014 1st round draft pick back on the shelf for any amount of time.
For all players suffering from even the most minor injuries, the bye week is just around the corner after Week 10, hopefully giving the Steelers a chance to get healthy before traveling to play the Seattle Seahawks in Week 12.
Other injury news of note:
- Tomlin stated there were no setbacks, or ill effects, of both Stephon Tuitt (knee) and Will Allen (ankle) after the game against the Oakland Raiders. This is great news and means the duo shouldn't miss any more time moving forward.
- When asked about an update on Maurkice Pouncey's ankle, Tomlin said he had none to report. The longer Pouncey's injury lasts without even a report, the more likely it is his 2015 season could be in jeopardy.
The Steelers return to practice Wednesday, and BTSC will have a full injury report breakdown when it is released.