As the Pittsburgh Steelers began their preparation for the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 7 action in the NFL Wednesday, there was a long list of players who weren't participating. Some were injury related, while others received "veterans" days off from Mike Tomlin.
Steelers Practice Report Did not participate: S Allen (ankle), CB Blake (thumb), DE Tuitt (knee), QB Vick (hammy) con'td ...— Chris Bradford (@BCTBradford) October 21, 2015
The non-participants in Wednesday's practice were: Matt Spaeth (Vet day), James Harrison (Vet day), William Gay (Vet Day), Will Allen (ankle), Antwon Blake (thumb), Stephon Tuitt (knee) and Mike Vick (hamstring).
The injury to Antwon Blake's thumb will be worth monitoring since if he is deemed unfit to participate this Sunday, there is a chance Brandon Boykin would get to see the field for the first time outside of special teams as a Pittsburgh Steelers player.
Other than Blake, Tuitt's knee injury is cause for concern as he has been a dominant force on the defensive line week-in-and-week out for the black and gold.
Limited in practice: QB Roethlisberger (knee), CB Allen (knee) LB Harrison, CB Gay, TE Spaeth given veteran's days off #steelers— Chris Bradford (@BCTBradford) October 21, 2015
Limited participants in Wednesday's practice were: Ben Roethlisberger (knee) and Cortez Allen (knee). The good news here is Ryan Shazier and Jarvis Jones were both full participants, and seem to be on track to participate in the game this Sunday; however, we have all heard this song and dance before in regards to Shazier's availability.
It was surprising Roethlisberger was listed as a limited participant, as he publicly stated he was going to be a full participant in practice this week. Roethlisberger did throw Wednesday, and said he felt "okay" after the workout. With each passing day it seems as if Roethlisberger's return is another week away, which would point to Landry Jones' first NFL start.
Be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news on the Steelers, Roethlisberger's potential return and the team's plans heading into their game at Arrowhead Stadium Sunday.