The Pittsburgh Steelers will return home this weekend to play the Indianapolis Colts Sunday night at Heinz Field in a game that both teams really need to win with the season about to enter the homestretch. The Steelers Wednesday injury report has now been released and it does include a few surprises based on the preliminary report head coach Mike Tomlin gave on Tuesday during his weekly press conference.
As expected, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (concussion) was able to practice fully on Wednesday after being cleared from the league-mandated concussion protocol earlier in the day.
Linted on Wednesday was linebacker Ryan Shazier (concussion), who left Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks with a concussion. Fellow linebacker Sean Spence (hamstring) was also limited Wednesday as he tweaked his hamstring during Sunday’s game. Thursday will likely be a big day for Shazier, who is still likely going through the concussion protocol.
Not practicing on Wednesday were wide receiver Martavis Bryant (hip), tight end Heath Miller (ribs), linebacker James Harrison (knee), safety Mike Mitchell (knee) and tight end Matt Spaeth (knee).
On Tuesday, Tomlin hinted that Miller and Mitchell would both be monitored throughout the week. Miller left Sunday’s game against the Seahawks in the first half and did not return in the second half due to him suffering injured ribs. While Mitchell played the entire game Sunday, Tomlin said on Tuesday that he was dealing with some knee inflammation.
As for Bryant, Harrison and Spaeth, all three players played the full game Sunday, so it will be interesting to see if they can resume practicing again on Thursday.