The Pittsburgh Steelers have now released their final injury report of the week ahead of Sunday’s road playoff game against the Denver Broncos and it shows that two key offensive players have officially been ruled out.
The Steelers won’t have wide receiver Antonio Brown (concussion) and running back DeAngelo Williams (foot) this week as both will be inactive against the Broncos due to their injuries. With Brown out, rookie wide receiver Sammie Coates will dress against the Broncos. Additionally, wide receiver Markus Wheaton will likely return punts for the Steelers with Brown sidelined.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (shoulder) ends the week listed as questionable. Roethlisberger might very well wind up being a game-time decision on Sunday as he looks to battle back from a shoulder injury suffered Saturday night in the win over the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Wild Card game. Landry Jones will start if Roethlisberger can’t go and there’s a chance Mike Vick dresses against the Broncos as well. Fullback Will Johnson (hamstring) also ends the week listed as questionable with a hamstring injury.
“I wanted to see as variety of throws, I wanted to see enough, no more. I thought it was as productive day,” said head coach Mike Tomlin when asked about Roethlisberger on Friday, according to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Safety Robert Golden (shoulder) and linebacker Vince Williams (hamstring) are both listed as probable on the Friday injury report as are defensive end Cameron Heyward (back), linebacker Ryan Shazier (knee), linebacker James Harrison (not injury related), safety Will Allen (not injury related), and tight end Matt Spaeth (not injury related).