The Pittsburgh Steelers will play the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday in the Divisional Round of the playoffs and head coach Mike Tomlin updated the health of his team during his Tuesday press conference.
Tomlin said Tuesday that tight end Ladarius Green (concussion) is still in protocol and that the team will continue to respect that process. Also currently in protocol is running back Fitzgerald Toussaint (concussion) as he reported symptoms after the game against the Miami Dolphins.
“We’re going to adhere to the protocol to the letter,” Tomlin said of Green. “We’re going to do what’s appropriate. If he’s cleared, then he’ll participate provided he gets an opportunity in some form or fashion to prepare. If he doesn’t, he wont.”
As of right now the availability Sunday of safety Robert Golden (ankle), defensive end Ricardo Mathews (ankle), linebacker Anthony Chickillo (ankle) and linebacker Vince Williams (shoulder) has yet to be determined, according to Tomlin.
“Some preexisting injuries that we’ll continue to monitor and you guys know the normal procedure,” Tomlin said of the aforementioned players. “We’ll evaluate the amount that they are able to participate this week and the quality of that participation to determine whether or not they’re able to help us this week.”
As for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (foot), Tomlin said Tuesday that he aggravated an old foot injury on Sunday but doesn’t anticipate it being an issue that will prevent him from playing Sunday on the road against the Chiefs
“We’ll watch him closely as we push forward to the game but not anticipating that limiting him,” Tomlin said of Roethlisberger.
Tomlin also indicated Tuesday that running back Le’Veon Bell (coaches decision) might not practice on Wednesday.
“Le’Veon’s got some bumps and bruises associated with play. He touched it a few times so I may give him a day on Wednesday,” Tomlin said.
Tomlin also indicated Tuesday that safety Sean Davis (shoulder) will be monitored throughout the week after having to leave Sunday’s game against the Dolphins a few times.