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Steelers Injury Report: Likelihood of Markus Wheaton's return imminent, Ryan Shazier still a question mark

The Pittsburgh Steelers are preparing for the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 2, and although one starter might return, another is still up in the air.

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There isn't much which needs to be said to motivate the Pittsburgh Steelers when the Cincinnati Bengals are headed to town. With both teams entering the second week of play, neither received a blemish on their record after Week 1, but that will all change at Heinz Field this Sunday at 1:00 p.m. EDT.

The Steelers were able to win easily in their Week 1 game against the Washington Redskins, and were able to leave the game without much injury news, but Ryan Shazier's status remains cloudy as the dynamic linebacker missed the team's first practice Wednesday. This could be strictly precautionary, or it could mean that Shazier downplayed the injury too much immediately after the game. If he is at least a limited practice participant the next two days, there is a chance he will play on Sunday, but just as Markus Wheaton last week, if he doesn't practice he won't play.

Speaking of Markus Wheaton, the 4th year wide receiver looks primed to return, as both he and reserve C/G Cody Wallace returned to the practice field after missing Week 1 due to their respective injuries.

This is just the first practice report of the Week, with Thursday and Friday's workouts carrying much more weight as players could return to practice, or possible suffer a setback in their potential return to the gridiron.

Here is a full breakdown of both Pittsburgh and Cincinnati's injury report:


CB Senquez Golson (Foot)
FB Roosevelt Nix (Back)
LB Ryan Shazier (Knee)
RB DeAngelo Williams (Not Injury Related)

C/G Cody Wallace (Knee)
WR Markus Wheaton (Shoulder)


TE Tyler Eifert (Ankle)
DT Pat Sims (Ankle)
OT Andrew Whitworth (Not Injury Related)

DE Carlos Dunlap (Shoulder/Toe)
CB Adam Jones (Back)

CB Darqueze Dennard (Ankle)