The Pittsburgh Steelers have no wrapped up their Friday practice in preparation for the Sunday game against the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the final injury report is now out.
Status report for @Steelers: Ike Taylor, Ryan Shazier are out; Ramon Foster (ankle) questionable; everybody else is probable
— Bob Labriola (@BobLabriola) September 26, 2014
Linebacker Ryan Shazier (knee) and cornerback Ike Taylor (forearm) have long been ruled out for Sunday’s game and both players will be inactive. Sean Spence will make his first career start in place of Shazier while veteran cornerback William Gay will replace Taylor.
Practicing fully once again and ending the week listed as probable are wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey (illness), running back Dri Archer (ankle), safety Troy Polamalu (not injury related), tight end Heath Miller (not injury related) and defensive end Brett Keisel (not injury related).
Archer is expected to dress Sunday for the first time since injuring his ankle in the regular-season opener against the Cleveland Browns.
Guard Ramon Foster (ankle) ends the week listed as questionable and because of that, there’s a decent chance the team could decide to sit him down for a second straight week in order to let his injured ankle fully heal. If that winds up being the case, Cody Wallace would make a second straight start at left guard. It would also likely result in backup guard Chris Hubbard dressing once again as a seventh offensive lineman.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was added Friday to the injury report as probable after being limited in practice. He reportedly isn’t injured, however.
Absent from the injury report this week is rookie wide receiver Martavis Bryant. Bryant, however, is still likely to be inactive once again as the team will more than likely only dress five wide receivers against the Buccaneer.