The Pittsburgh Steelers are preparing to play the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday and their initial injury report that was released on Wednesday includes some encouraging news.
Practicing fully on Wednesday were defensive tackle Javon Hargrave (concussion), guard B.J. Finney (concussion), guard Ramon Foster (chest) and running back DeAngelo Williams (knee).
Hargrave and Foster missed Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills due to their injuries and it looks like both are now trending in the right direction. The same goes for Finney, who was placed in concussion protocol following the game against the Bills. Finney started in place of Foster at left guard and played extremely well to boot.
Its worth noting that both Hargrave and Finney remain in concussion protocol despite them practicing Wednesday.
As for Williams, it’s good to see him back practicing fully. He’s been out since Week 9 after undergoing a minor surgical procedure on one of his knee. On Tuesday, head coach Mike Tomlin indicated that Williams has a legitimate chance of playing against the Bengals.
Limited on Wednesday was tackle Marcus Gilbert (ankle) and we can only hope that his ankle injury isn’t anything significant. Tomlin did not mention him during his rundown of injured players on Tuesday.
Not practicing on Wednesday were safety Shamarko Thomas (concussion), wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey (foot), quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (not injury related) and center Maurkice Pouncey (not injury related). It’s obvious that Roethlisberger and Pouncey were given the day off. As for Thomas, who missed the game against the Bills, his week isn’t off to a great start.
Heyward-Bey isn’t expected to play against the Bengals. He’s been sidelined with his foot injury since Week 9.