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Steelers Injury Report: Sammie Coates added throws wrench in offensive plans

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The Pittsburgh Steelers already are dealing with some major injuries, and you can add Sammie Coates to the growing list.

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Then there was one.

One practice, that is, before players will need to participate in practice before they are ruled out for the upcoming game. There are exceptions to this rule, but those are typically held for players named Ben Roethlisberger.

In other words, with Ladarius Green and Stephon Tuitt both missing their second straight practice, they will need to suit up Friday for any chance of playing against the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field Christmas Day.

In my opinion, the odds of Green playing are as slim as they can get, knowing the restrictions of a player coming back from a concussion, but Tuitt’s odds will increase only if he returns to the practice field Friday.

As bad as those injuries are to the team’s lineup, there is a new injury which fans should be concerned with. That would be to wide receiver Sammie Coates’ hamstring. Coates was listed as a limited participant, but reports from practice were Coates tweaked his hamstring during the workout.

The injury couldn’t come at a worse time for Coates, and the offense, as Coates finally seemed to be injected back into the game plan starting in Week 15 against the Cincinnati Bengals. Also, with the odds of Green missing the upcoming game in the air, Coates being the man to stretch the field to create space for others might not be in the cards.

Friday is when the team releases it’s official injury report, and it will be interesting to see just what comes out of Pittsburgh in regards to their growing injury report. For a complete injury report for the Steelers, see below:

Pittsburgh

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
CB Justin Gilbert (Illness)
TE Ladarius Green (Concussion)
S Shamarko Thomas (Concussion)
DE Stephon Tuitt (Knee)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
LB Anthony Chickillo (Ankle)
WR Sammie Coates (Hamstring)
WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (Foot)
DE Ricardo Mathews (Ankle)

FULL PARTICIPATION
RB DeAngelo Williams (Knee)