Judging by their Thursday injury report the Pittsburgh Steelers appear to be a fairly healthy team ahead of their Sunday home Wild Card game against the Miami Dolphins and they’re perhaps the healthiest they’ve been since their bye week.
It’s looking more and more like the Steelers will indeed have two of their key starters back on the field for the game against the Dolphins as tight end Ladarius Green (concussion) and defensive end Stephon Tuitt (knee) both practiced fully once again on Thursday. Both players have missed the Steelers last two games with their respective injuries.
Also practicing fully again on Thursday were wide receiver Sammie Coates (hamstring), cornerback Justin Gilbert (shoulder) and tight end Xavier Grimble (ribs) and that’s great news as well. Coates didn’t play in Week 17 while Gilbert and Grimble both saw limited playing time.
After failing to practice on Wednesday, safety Robert Golden (ankle) was limited on Thursday. While the Steelers backup safety and special teams captain is moving in the right direction on the injury report, it’s still unclear if he’ll be able to play Sunday against the Dolphins. Golden suffered his ankle injury in the Steelers Week 17 win over the Cleveland Browns.
Also limited on Thursday was defensive end Johnny Maxey (ankle) and he’s a new addition to the Steelers injury report as the team reportedly forgot to include him on their Wednesday offering after he was limited during practice. Maxey has played quite a few snaps since being promoted off of the Steelers practice squad a few weeks ago.
Linebacker Anthony Chickillo (ankle), defensive end Ricardo Mathews (ankle) and linebacker Vince Williams (shoulder) all failed to practice again on Thursday and that could result in all three ultimately sitting out the game Sunday against the Dolphins. Chickillo and Mathews have both been dealing with injured ankles for a few weeks now while Williams suffered his shoulder this past Sunday against the Browns.
Removed from the Steelers injury report on Thursday was running back DeAngelo Williams (not injury related), who apparently was give a veteran day off on Wednesday.