The Pittsburgh Steelers are preparing to host the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday at Heinz Field and their first official injury report of the week shows that four players were forced to sit out Wednesday’s practice due to injuries.
Not practicing Wednesday were center Maurkice Pouncey (thumb), wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey (foot), running back DeAngelo Williams (knee) and safety Jordan Dangerfield (groin).
That fact that all four of those players missed Wednesday’s practice is not the least surprising. Pouncey had surgery earlier this week to repair a dislocated thumb on his snapping hand that he suffered early in Sundays loss to the Baltimore Ravens and he’ll likely miss Thursday’s practice as well. Should that be the case, Friday could wind up being the key day for Pouncey this week as it relates to his potential availability against the Cowboys.
As for Heyward-Bey, as previously reported, he’s still on crutches and wearing a boot on his right foot. He suffered a foot sprain against the Ravens and is unlikely to play Sunday against the Cowboys. With Heyward-Bey expected to be sidelined this weekend, look for Markus Wheaton to dress in his place.
Wide receiver Sammie Coates (finger) was limited Wednesday and that’s a little bit concerning especially being as Heyward-Bey will likely be out this week. Being as Coates is listed as having a finger injury, we can easily speculate that’s the one he injured way back in Week 5.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (knee) practiced fully on Wednesday and that’s certainly great news.