The Pittsburgh Steelers were back on the practice field on Wednesday to begin preparing for their week 3 game this coming Sunday against the Oakland Raiders and the first injury participation report of the week is now out.
Running back Jonathan Dwyer (toe), tackle Marcus Gilbert (groin), linebacker James Harrison (knee), tight end Heath Miller (abdomen), safety Troy Polamalu (calf), wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (knee) and wide receiver Mike Wallace (groin) were all listed as not participating in the first practice of the week.
Limited in practice on Wednesday were tackle Mike Adams (back) and linebacker Stevenson Sylvester (knee).
Head coach Mike Tomlin said during his Tuesday press conference that Dwyer suffered a turf toe type injury and that he was expected to be limited early in the week along with Miller and Gilbert. According to Tomlin, Miller is dealing with a rib cartilage injury and Gilbert hurt is groin on the second to last offensive play of the game Sunday against the Jets. The injuries to Sanders, Wallace and Adams were not revealed by the coach on Tuesday, but none of them are believed to be serious.
Tomlin did say that they would be taking the same approach this week with Polamalu and Harrison as they did last week to see how their bodies respond. If neither practices by Friday, there is a good chance that both will be out Sunday against the Raiders. Harrison has yet to see the field this season, while Polamalu suffered a strained left calf in week 1 which forced him to miss the Sunday home opener.
Although limited, Sylvester saw his first practice time on Wednesday since he tore the MCL in one of his knees late in training camp. The Steelers are slowly easing him back into action, so there is a good chance that he still will not be ready for game action come Sunday.