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Steelers Injury Report: Plenty of defensive questions remain after Thursday’s practice

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The Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense went from healthy to a wreck in just two days.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers were a healthy crew, but then Wednesday happened.

During practice, Pittsburgh watched two defensive starters leave early with injuries. Artie Burns left with what turned out to be a hyper-extended knee, and Stephon Tuitt left with what the team called an elbow injury.

The tandem of defensive starters sat out practice on Thursday, but declared they would practice on Friday and be ready to play Sunday when the Jaguars come to town.

While Burns’ diagnosis was known earlier in the day, Tuitt did tell Mike Prisuta of Steelers.com how he had an MRI on his injured elbow and everything turned out to be “okay”.

To throw another wrench into the plans, starting nose tackle Javon Hargrave also missed practice on Thursday with a back injury. For those counting at home, that makes three starting defenders who are certainly questionable leading up to the biggest game of the season.

Friday’s practice will be huge for this trio because any of the three not practicing will likely equate to them missing the game on Sunday. Plenty to discuss, but if Hargrave, Tuitt and Burns all practice fully Friday, the Steelers still might have a clean bill of health heading into the postseason — which was the plan all along.

On a positive note, Antonio Brown was a full participant again and B.J. Finney also joined him as a full participant. Barring a setback, these two offensive players seem good-to-go vs. the Jaguars.

Check out the full injury report below for both Pittsburgh and Jacksonville.

Injury Report

Pittsburgh

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
CB Artie Burns (Knee)
DT Javon Hargrave (Back)
DE Stephon Tuitt (Elbow)

FULL PARTICIPATION
WR Antonio Brown (Calf)
C/G B.J. Finney (Thigh)

Jacksonville

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
LB Blair Brown (Ankle)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
CB Jalen Ramsey (Achilles)
CB Aaron Colvin (Illness)
LB Telvin Smith (Ankle)
LB Paul Posluszny (Abdomen)
WR Jaydon Mickens (Hamstring)

FULL PARTICIPATION
QB Blake Bortles (Right Wrist)
FB Tommy Bohanon (Knee)
LB Donald Payne (Quadricep)
TE Marcedes Lewis (Ankle)
DT Abry Jones (Achilles)