Stop me if you've heard this before, but the Pittsburgh Steelers second year ILB Ryan Shazier has found himself on the team's injury report. After reportedly missing Monday's practice, coming off their Week 11 bye week, he was a full participant in Wednesday's workout. Nonetheless, it was Thursday's practice which saw Shazier out...again.
Steelers Practice Report DNP: LB Shazier (knee), CB Boykin (ankle) Limited: TE Spaeth (knee)— Chris Bradford (@BCTBradford) November 26, 2015
To be honest, Shazier did miss practice leading up to the team's Week 10 game against the Cleveland Browns, and didn't miss the game. Shazier missing Thursday's practice doesn't necessarily equate to him missing the upcoming game, but it doesn't bode well for the former first round draft pick suiting up against the Seattle Seahawks this Sunday.
Shazier wasn't the only player who missed practice, as Brandon Boykin (ankle) was sat out of practice as well. Boykin was limited in Wednesday's practice, but being downgraded could make the Steelers depth at cornerback thin heading into Seattle. Matt Spaeth (knee) was limited on Thursday, putting his availability in question moving forward.
The Steelers will make the cross-country journey to Seattle, Washington for a 4:25 p.m. EDT kickoff, and Friday's practice will be important for for players like Spaeth, Shazier and Boykin to prove they are capable of playing in this big inter-conference game.