On Tuesday, Mike Tomlin met with media for his weekly press conference, and one of the hot topics discussed were the injuries the team is facing heading into the AFC Divisional game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.
The list Tomlin discussed was long, but fans shouldn’t fret — yet. The first reported practice is on Wednesday and, as the Steelers progress throughout their Wednesday, Thursday and Friday practices, participation at each step will be the ultimate guide of whether or not any number of these players listed below will be on the field Sunday, or if they will miss the biggest game of the 2016-17 season for the Black-and-gold.
Take a look at the injuries the Steelers face heading into the Divisional round:
QB Ben Roethlisberger (foot) - Tomlin stated Roethlisberger aggravated an old foot injury, like the one he suffered in 2015 against the Oakland Raiders, and indicated that Ben could get a possible maintenance day on Wednesday, acknowledging that his normal Wednesday workload is generally light. But Tomlin feels Roethlisberger should be good-to-go vs. the Chiefs. The question now is how mobile he’ll be in the pocket. Only time will tell.
RB Le’Veon Bell (bumps and bruises) - Mike Tomlin mentioned that Bell is suffering from some bumps and bruises after his 29 carries in Sunday’s game. Don’t be shocked if you see Bell also get a maintenance day on Wednesday, but expect him to be ready to roll when the game kicks off on 1 p.m. ET Sunday.
RB Fitzgerald Toussaint (concussion) - When the kickoff returner and backup running back reported to the facility on Monday, he had symptoms of a concussion. He has been placed in the NFL concussion protocol and won’t return until he clears all the appropriate steps.
TE Ladarius Green (concussion) - Speaking of the concussion protocol, Ladarius Green continues to remain in said protocol. Tomlin confirmed that Green suffered a “setback” last Friday when he failed to practice and, although he’s progressing through the protocol again, Tomlin mentioned that he would have to get on the practice field if he expects to play on Sunday.
SS Sean Davis (shoulder) - Davis was the only player named after the game, as he left the game for a brief period of time, but he did return. Tomlin stated Davis might miss some practice time, but he’s hopeful he’ll be on the field at Arrowhead Stadium in the deep secondary.
ILB Vince Williams (shoulder) - Although Williams played Sunday, Tomlin mentioned he was hampered by the shoulder injury which kept him off the practice field leading up to the Wild Card game. Williams will be monitored, and he could have a similar work week as last week, but the hope is he also will be on the field next weekend.
Anthony Chickillo (ankle), Robert Golden (ankle) and Ricardo Mathews (ankle) all will be monitored as the week progresses to see if they can come back and play in the game at Kansas City, all having missed the Wild Card game last Sunday.