While the Pittsburgh Steelers were dealt with a handful of injuries prior to their Week 4 game against the Baltimore Ravens, it looks as if they will have a more complete 53-man roster when they travel to Southern California to play the San Diego Chargers on Monday Night Football.
As Mike Tomlin addressed media at his weekly Tuesday press conference, the biggest name with an updated injury report wasn't Ben Roethlisberger, but Ryan Shazier. Tomlin talked about how Shazier's shoulder injury has "dramatically" improved, and, barring a setback, should see the second year inside linebacker back on the field in Week 5. Tomlin actually gave detailed information about Shazier's injury which has kept him out of the lineup the past two weeks. Nerve damage in the shoulder left Shazier with significant weakness in his shoulder. The head coach listed Shazier as "Questionable" on the early week report.
Other players mentioned in the injury portion of Tomlin's press conference were Daniel McCullers, who's sprained MCL is improving slowly and he will be monitored throughout the week to gauge his availability for Monday night's game. The same can be said about Matt Spaeth who fractured his hand and missed the Ravens game in Week 4. Spaeth was fitted with a cast, but his ability to block could be hindered without the use of his hand.
Cortez Allen continues to deal with his own knee injury, and the head coach stated his availability will also be handled on a day-to-day basis.
The only new injury following the Steelers' loss to the Ravens was an ankle sprain to wide receiver Markus Wheaton. Tomlin spoke of Wheaton's ankle responding well to treatment, but how it responds to practice will ultimately decide his availability in Week 5.
Mike Tomlin did not have any update on Roethlisberger's knee, but simply said the quarterback was out this week against the Chargers.