The Pittsburgh Steelers enter week 2 of the 2019 regular season with a much longer list of banged up players than they did this same time last week and the team’s Wednesday injury report certainly does reflect that.
Not practicing on Wednesday for the Steelers were center Maurkice Pouncey (ankle), cornerback Joe Haden (shoulder), fullback Roosevelt Nix (knee), and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (coaches decision). Roethlisberger obviously got a day of rest.
Haden, who is reportedly currency dealing with an AC sprain in his shoulder, was asked about his shoulder on Wednesday.
“It’s feeling pretty good,” Haden said, according to steelers.com. “Still bothering me, but it’s going day-by-day. Hopefully it feels better. It’s been feeling better everyday. So hopefully see how that goes.”
Head coach Mike Tomlin said on Tuesday that he was optimistic that several player such as Haden and Pouncey would be able to play this coming Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. Tomlin, however, didn’t sound optimistic that Nix would be ready by Sunday.
Limited on Wednesday for the Steelers were safety Sean Davis (ankle), outside linebacker T.J. Watt (hip), wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (toe), running back James Conner (illness), safety Terrell Edmunds (glute), and tackle Zach Banner (illness).
Davis, who missed the Steelers week 1 game against the Patriots with an ankle injury, was asked on Wednesday to update his condition when he talked to the media.
“Oh, we took a forward step today,” Davis said. “Definitely progressed. Was out there and got to rejoin with the guys today. Run around a little bit, test my ankle out. So I’m looking forward to doing a little bit more tomorrow at practice.”
Thursday’s practice figures to be a key one for players such as Davis, Haden and Pouncey.
The Steelers will host the Seahawks Sunday at Heinz Field.