The Pittsburgh Steelers Week 5 game against the San Diego Chargers will take place Monday night and on Tuesday, head coach Mike Tomlin updated the health of the team ahead of that contest.
Tomlin said that linebacker Ryan Shazier (shoulder/neck) will start the week off as questionable even though he was able to practice on Monday.
“Ryan Shazier appears to be dramatically improving, but I’ll list him as questionable,” said Tomlin. “We’ll continue to monitor his progress throughout the week.”
Shazier has missed the Steelers last two games with a shoulder/neck injury.
As for tight end Matt Spaeth (hand), who missed Thursday night’s game, Tomlin indicated that his status for the Monday night game is also currently up in the air as well.
“Matt Spaeth has a broken hand, he has a cast on that and we’ll watch him operate and evaluate his level of effectiveness in preparation and let that be our guide in terms of his participation with that injury,” said Tomlin.
Tomlin also discussed several other injured players.
“Markus Wheaton (ankle) looks dramatically improved from the ankle injury that he sustained in game and he’s got a real chance to participate,” said Tomlin. “Cortez Allen (knee) looks better with his swelling in his knee. We’ll watch him throughout the week and evaluate his preparation and see the effect it may or may not have on his knee and make determinations from there. Daniel McCullers (knee) appears to be improved with his MCL sprain, he’s got a chance to play.”
As far as quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (knee) goes, Tomlin had no real update on his status although he did say he’s progressing well and that everyone is pleased with what they have seen so far with him since he sprained his left MCL back in Week 3.