The Pittsburgh Steelers continue to prepare to play the Cleveland Browns Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium and Thursday’s injury report includes some encouraging news.
Rookie linebacker Ryan Shazier (knee), who has missed the last two games with a sprained knee, was able to practice on a limited basis Thursday. While Shazier’s still not expected to play Sunday against the Browns, his return to practice Thursday means he could return to action in Week 7.
Safety Shamarko Thomas (hamstring), however, was unable to practice Thursday for a second consecutive day and it’s looking like he will miss the game against the Browns. Thomas injured his left hamstring Sunday in the second quarter and never returned to the game.
As previously mentioned, with Shazier and Thomas both likely be inactive Sunday, there’s a good chance that rookie wide receiver Martavis Bryant will dress for the first time this season.
Practicing fully Thursday after being given Wednesday off were defensive end Brett Keisel (not injury related), tight end Heath Miller (not injury related) and safety Mike Mitchell (not injury related).
Safety Troy Polamalu (not injury related) received another day off according to the injury report. He’s expected to practice fully Friday.
Cornerback Ike Taylor (forearm) remains sidelined and has long been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Browns.