The Pittsburgh Steelers were back on the practice field on Wednesday in preparation for their Sunday road game against the Cleveland Browns and the first participation report is now out for the week.
Not practicing on Wednesday were quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (rib,shouldr), quarterback Byron Leftwich (ribs), wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery (ribs), tackle Marcus Gilbert (ankle), defensive end Ziggy Hood (back), and safety Troy Polamalu (calf).
Roethlisberger, Leftwich, and Cotchery will not play against Cleveland and it is not looking good that either Polamalu or Gilbert will be back in addition. Head coach Mike Tomlin said on Tuesday that he hopes Hood will be ready by the weekend after suffering a back sprain early in the Sunday night game against the Baltimore Ravens.
Wide receiver Antonio Brown (ankle) was limited on Wednesday and that is good news as he has missed the last two games after suffering a high ankle sprain in the game against the New York Giants. Friday will likely be the key day for Brown, who right now should be considered very questionable for Sunday.
Running back Isaac Redman (concussion) was able top practice after leaving the game Sunday night with a concussion. He is on pace to play Sunday baring any setbacks. Linebacker Stevenson Sylvester (hamstring) also participated fully as he looks to return this week from a hamstring injury that has sidelined him the last several games. Safety Will Allen also practice fully on Wednesday in addition.
Rookie guard David DeCastro (knee) practiced for the first time since his knee surgery. The Steelers now have 21 days before they have to make a decision on him, but they can activate him to the 53 man roster any time prior to that.