The Pittsburgh Steelers will play their Week 6 game against the Miami Dolphins on the road this coming Sunday and on Wednesday their first injury report ahead of that game shows that several players sat out practice.
Not practicing Wednesday were defensive end Cameron Heyward (hamstring) safety Shamarko Thomas (groin), center/guard Cody Wallace (knee), linebacker Ryan Shazier (knee), tackle Marcus Gilbert (ankle), wide receiver Markus Wheaton (shoulder) and wide receiver Sammie Coates (finger).
Heyward and Thomas have already been ruled out for Sunday and it looks like Shazier, Wallace and Gilbert are headed for the out designation once again as well. Shazier has missed the last two games while Marcus Gilbert missed his first of the season this past Sunday. As things stand right now, Chris Hubbard is likely to start again at right tackle against the Dolphins.
As for Coates, it’s still too early to know whether or not he’ll play against the Dolphins. He was spotted with his hand heavily wrapped on Wednesday as he needed stitches to repair a cut that he suffered during Sunday’s game against the Jets. He was able to finish that game, however, after getting stitched up at halftime.
Running back DeAngelo Williams (not injury related) also sat out Wednesday and that’s becoming a weekly occurrence with him.
Practicing fully on Wednesday were safety Robert Golden (hamstring), cornerback Justin Gilbert (knee), wide receiver Eli Rogers (toe), and fullback Roosevelt Nix (back). All four look to be on track to play Sunday against Miami. Should Nix play, it will be his 2016 debut as he’s missed all five games so far this season. Golden and Rogers have both missed the last two games while Gilbert sat out Sunday after injuring a knee during practice last week.