Mike Mitchell reportedly slipped in practice on Thursday and injured his groin, which was the reason why the Pittsburgh Steelers' safety was limited in practice all week. Even with him being limited, the Steelers are optimistic about Mitchell's chances of playing Sunday vs. the Baltimore Ravens as the team has listed him as probable for the game.
Reports from within the organization are, if Mitchell were unable to play or had to leave the game on Sunday, he would be replaced by veteran safety Will Allen, not Shamarko Thomas. Nonetheless, Mitchell's probable tag makes it a near-certainty that he suits up and plays on Sunday Night Football.
Joining Mitchell in being labeled as probable for Sunday's game are nose tackle Steve McLendon (shoulder) and right tackle Marcus Gilbert (concussion). Both participated fully this week in practice and are expected to return to the starting lineup vs. the Ravens.
McLendon's return will most likely mean the deactivation of Daniel McCullers, as well as Cam Thomas moving back to the defensive end position and as the reserve nose tackle. Gilbert's return will send Mike Adams back to his normal reserve role, even after putting together a great performance for 6 quarters.
The only Steelers ruled out for Sunday's game at 8:20 p.m. ET at Heinz Field are Ike Taylor (broken arm) and Ross Ventrone (hamstring).