The Pittsburgh Steelers have now released their second injury report of Week 9 ahead of their Sunday home game against the Indianapolis Colts and the Thursday offering includes quite a bit of good news as several players are moving in the right direction.
Not practicing again on Thursday for the Steelers guard Ramon Foster (concussion), running back Benny Snell Jr. (knee) and running back James Conner (shoulder).
Snell had knee surgery so he won’t play Sunday against the Colts. Foster remains in concussion protocol as of Thursday so his status for Sunday seems to be reel questionable right now. The same goes for Conner, who injured his shoulder Monday night.
With this being a short week for the Steelers, there’s a good chance that both Foster and Conner ultimately sit out the Sunday game against the Colts. If Foster sits, B.J. Finney would start in his place at left guard. If Conner is ultimately inactive, running back Jaylen Samuels (knee), who practiced fully again on Thursday, would start in his place and he’d likely be backed up by Trey Edmunds.
Practicing fully on Thursday for the Steelers were inside linebacker Mark Barron (not injury related), defensive tackle Daniel McCullers (ankle), tight end Vance McDonald (not injury related), center Maurkice Pouncey (calf), and inside linebacker Ulysees Gilbert III (back), who was listed as being limited on Wednesday.
Gilbert missed the Steelers Monday night game with a back issue so hopefully he’ll be back Sunday against the Colts to help out on special teams. Barron, McCullers, McDonald, and Pouncey are all expected to play against the Colts. All four were previously listed on Wednesday as sitting out practice.