The Pittsburgh Steelers have now released their Thursday injury report ahead of their Sunday night home game at Heinz Field against the Indianapolis Colts and it includes some good news as it relates to players who failed to practice on Wednesday.
Not practicing again on Thursday were tight end Heath Miller (rib) and linebacker Sean Spence (hamstring) and that’s concerning. Miller left Sunday’s game with injured ribs in the first half and did not return. He will likely need to practice on Friday if he’s going to play Sunday night. If Miller is unable to play Sunday night, rookie tight end Jesse James would be expected to help fill the void on offense along with veteran Matt Spaeth and possibly Will Johnson.
DNP: Heath (ribs), Spence (hamstring), W. Allen (ankle)
LIM: Spaeth (knee), Martavis (hip)
FULL: Mitchell, Shazier, Roethlisberger, Harrison
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Safety Will Allen (ankle) was added to the injury report on Thursday after he failed to practice. Should the veteran wind up being sidelined Sunday night, safety Robert Golden would start in his place. That’s not necessarily a bad thing as Golden played reasonably well earlier in the season when Allen missed several games with an ankle injury.
Limited on Thursday were tight end Matt Spaeth (knee) and wide receiver Martavis Bryant (hip). This is a move in the right direction for both players and hopefully they will both being able to go full on Friday.
Practicing fully on Thursday were linebacker James Harrison (knee), safety Michael Mitchell (knee), linebacker Ryan Shazier (concussion), and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (concussion). Shazier was listed as limited on Wednesday so odds are good he’ll be ready to play Sunday night after being knocked out of Sunday’s game in the first half with a concussion. Harrison and Mitchell should also be good to go Sunday night. Both players were listed as sitting out Wednesday’s practice.