The Pittsburgh Steelers were back on the field Wednesday preparing for their Sunday road game against the New York Jets and the first injury report of the week, as expected, shows that several players failed to practice.
Sitting out Wednesday’s practice with injuries were safety Troy Polamalu (knee), linebacker Ryan Shazier (ankle), safety Shamarko Thomas (hamstring), safety Ross Ventrone (hamstring) and linebacker Jason Worilds (abdomen).
Polamalu, Shazier and Thomas have already been ruled out for Sunday’s game so that means safety Will Allen and linebacker Sean Spence will more than likely start against the Jets. This will be Allen’s first start of the season.
As far Ventrone goes, it’s not looking good for him right now, either. The Steelers signed safety Jordan Dangerfield to their practice squad Wednesday, so if Ventrone is ruled out for the Jets game on the final injury report, there’s a good chance that the Towson product will be promoted to the 53 man roster on Saturday in order to help out Sunday on special teams.
Veteran cornerback Ike Taylor (forearm) was limited again Wednesday and it’s looking like he’ll miss a seventh-straight game this week. Defensive end Cameron Heyward (not injury related) was also limited Wednesday.
Defensive end Brett Keisel (not injury related), safety Mike Mitchell (not injury related), tight end Heath Miller (not injury related) and center Maurkice Pouncey (not injury related) were given Wednesday off.