Steelers Injury Report: Roethlisberger Closer, Taylor Out, Woodley Questionable & Several Limited

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin met the media on Tuesday for his weekly press conference to talk about the win Sunday over the Baltimore Ravens and the upcoming Week 14 game against the San Diego Chargers.

Tomlin also addressed the injury situation in his opening remarks and said fullback Will Johnson (concussion) did suffer a concussion on Sunday and has already started the process of going through the needed battery of test to play against the Chargers. He might be limited in practice early in the week, but Tomlin said that he is moving in the right direction.

Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (shoulder) has an AC shoulder sprain that could limit him at the front part of the week, but he should be ready to go by Sunday. Wide receiver Mike Wallace (knee) has some inflammation in his right knee that he jammed on Sunday and he too could be limited early in the week, but like Sanders, he should be a go on Sunday.

Tackle Mike Adams (ankle) will be out again with his high ankle sprain and thus Kelvin Beachum will make his second consecutive start in his place. Safety Ryan Clark (hip) might be limited early in the week with a hip contusion. Tomlin said that they expect guard Willie Colon (knee) back this week, but at the same time he could be limited again early on in the week.

Tomlin said the return of safety Troy Polamalu (calf) on Sunday was a positive thing and that there was no steps backwards in the game. They expect that to continue. Like several others, he might be limited in practice early on in the week in an effort to preserve him.

Tomlin confirmed that cornerback Ike Taylor (ankle) suffered a right ankle fracture on Sunday and that he will be out for at least a couple of weeks. Taylor does not need surgery, however. Cortez Allen will start in his place as expected.

Linebacker LaMarr Woodley (ankle) is questionable at this point, according to Tomlin. They will give him some snaps to see how his body reacts. Tomlin said that he is potentially in play this week.

Wide receiver Antonio Brown (ankle) might be limited early on in the week, but it was a good start for him in his first game back. He is still working his way back to complete health per Tomlin. Wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery (ribs) is expected to practice fully this week. Quarterback Byron Leftwich (ribs) is getting closer, but will not get an opportunity to prove that this week in practice.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is getting closer and threw on Monday. Tomlin said they will see what he looks like on the field starting on Wednesday. He will be given an opportunity to prove that he is healthy. For right now, Charlie Batch is the guy until Roethlisberger proves he is ready.

  • Chris92021

    It’s going to be scary how good this team will be when we are close to full strength.

  • Josh

    So true. im glad to hear that the team is coming back to normal kinda.

  • Henry

    Any word on Decastro?

  • steeltown

    Just when we might actually be getting back to full strength, Ike Taylor goes down, the never ending wheel of injuries

  • steeltown

    Woodleys health is starting to become an issue, he got his huge contract and now he cant play 3games without pulling a hamstring

  • Steelers Defense has been #1 ranked again this year even with some key injuries to their pro bowl players all season long, just think how deadly they’re gonna be when they have all 11 guys healthy at the same time when LaMarr and Ike come back.

  • JT

    It’s not just him though. The Steelers need to take a serious look at their training staff.

  • Chris S

    What more do you want to know? He’s currently the backup OG…and unless there is an injury you will not be seeing him this year.

  • JT

    He won the job in camp. Fair reason to expect him to play this year

  • steeltown

    If Colon goes down again, I could see Foster kicked over to LG with DeCastro at RG

  • Chris S

    While it looked like he had won the job in camp…he didnt make it out of the 3rd preseason game. And at this point in the year after missing the whole season so far unless your name is Ben or Troy, etc they’re not going to pull a starter who has played solid all year (and last year) just to put the rookie in. Which is a smart move…only put him in if theres an injury…other than that let him keep learning/watching/etc…and he comes in next year and fights for the starting job.

  • Ahmad

    All these injuries and now the WR corps is starting to take a mean hit. Fortunately, Wallace and Sanders didn’t look too banged up in the Ravens game and both were able to finish so that’s good news.