The Pittsburgh Steelers only have few days to prepare for their Thursday night road game against the Indianapolis Colts and that means there’s not a lot of time for players to recover from any bumps and bruises they might have received during Sunday’s win over the Cleveland Browns. With that said, head coach Mike Tomlin updated the overall health of his team during his Monday press conference and it was generally a positive report.
“From an injury standpoint, not much has changed,” said Tomlin. “Thankfully, we got out of that game with nothing to speak of. The guys that were dealing with injuries continue to deal with injuries. We’ll evaluate those guys as we prepare this week and with the understanding that in a short week, guys have got to turn around pretty quickly if they want to be included in our plans. Those guys, some of the soft tissue guys, [Jordan] Dangerfield and [Xavier] Grimble being two of them, we’ll get a quick look at those guys and see where they are.”
In addition to Jordan Dangerfield (groin) and tight end Xavier Grimble (quadricep) both missing Sunday’s game against the Browns because of injuries, wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey (foot), running back DeAngelo Williams (knee) and safety Shamarko Thomas (groin) were also held out of action. Tomlin was asked about those three players on Tuesday as it relates to them possibly making it back for the game against the Colts.
“I won’t declare those guys out,” said Tomlin. “I’ll give them an opportunity; I just acknowledge that the opportunities are fewer under these circumstances. So, if they’re going to get on a moving train, they better do so quickly.”
While Tomlin wasn’t ready to rule out those three players, you have to consider all of them highly questionable to play Sunday against the Colts and the same probably can be said about Dangerfield and Grimble as well. We’ll see what the daily practice reports say.