The Pittsburgh Steelers were given some good news on the injury front, but a new cloud has surrounded the team as they prepare for their Week 5 matchup against the San Diego Chargers on Monday Night Football.
First, the good news. Ben Roethlisberger, still recovering from a MCL sprain and bone bruise, was the only member of the team's 53-man roster who wasn't a full participant in Friday's practice. Other than that, all players who found themselves on the injury report sometime this week (Ryan Shazier (shoulder), Daniel McCullers (knee), Matt Spaeth (hand), Cortez Allen (knee), Markus Wheaton (ankle) and Ross Ventrone (hamstring) were full participants and seem ready to go when the team enters prime time on Monday.
For the record: Cortez Allen, Dan McCullers, Matt Spaeth, Markus Wheaton, as well as Ross Ventrone and Ryan Shazier, all practiced fully.— Chris Adamski (@C_AdamskiTrib) October 9, 2015
Now the bad news. There is a growing concern in regards to Martavis Bryant's availability for the upcoming game. Bryant's name hasn't been announced recently because he technically isn't a member of the team's 53-man roster and his practice status does not need to be announced.
However, according to Steelers.com Mike Prisuta, there is concern for Bryant's return in San Diego.
WR Martavis Bryant not being included on daily reports. QB Mike Vick said today he's practiced with Bryant "just one day" this week (Monday)— Mike Prisuta (@DVEMike) October 9, 2015
Vick unsure about Bryant for SD game. "Getting a little concerned," Vick said. "Just gotta keep the faith, hopefully he'll get himself back"— Mike Prisuta (@DVEMike) October 9, 2015
Not a glowing endorsement for the triumphant return for Bryant coming off a four-game suspension, and what makes his absence even more confusing is the fact the Steelers are not required to report anything on his status at this time.
Keep up to date with all the news on Bryant's availability this weekend leading up to the team's prime time game in San Diego here at BTSC.