The Pittsburgh Steelers' defense has been dealt a bad hand in terms of injuries. It has already been announced they'll be without Pro Bowl safety Troy Polamalu (knee sprain), starting inside linebacker Ryan Shazier (ankle) and second year safety Shamarko Thomas (hamstring) this week when the team travels to play the New York Jets.
The injury news got worse on Wednesday when outside linebacker Jason Worilds was added to the injury report for missing practice with an abdominal injury.
Luckily for the Steelers, Worilds returned to practice on Thursday and was a full participant, which means, barring a related setback, he should be a lock to be in the lineup at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.
Ross Ventrone, who has been battling his own hamstring injury, returned to practice on a limited basis, as did cornerback Ike Taylor who still awaits clearance to resume practice with contact after breaking his forearm against the Carolina Panthers in Week 3.
Brett Keisel did not practice (not injury related), and all other players were full participants at the Thursday practice in preparation for the Jets.
The Steelers will release their final injury report Friday which will give a clear indication of who the team expects to have available this week.