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Steelers Injury Report: CB Cortez Allen To Practice This Week; RB Le’Veon Bell Should Play Sunday

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday during his weekly press conference that the team is getting healthier as they prepare to play the Minnesota Vikings this coming Sunday over in London.

Tomlin said cornerback Cortez Allen (ankle) is expected to practice this week and the hope is he will be available to play Sunday after missing the last two games with an ankle injury suffered in the season opener.

“He is going to practice and his availability will be based on that participation,” said Tomlin. “We’re optimistic he is going to be able to play in this football game.”

Tomlin also said rookie running back Le’Veon Bell (foot) is expected to make his NFL regular-season debut against the Vikings. Bell perked up dramatically last week in practice, according to Tomlin.

“We’re excited about watching him be a full participant this week during the course of practice and let that dictate his play,” Tomlin said. “He has been doing a nice job of working from a rehabilitation standpoint. We’re optimistic about his availability. We’ll let the practice process be our guide in deciding how much work he gets in the football game.”

Defensive end Brett Keisel (hamstring) and nose tackle Steve McLendon (hamstring) are both nursing hamstring injuries right now but neither are expected to miss the game Sunday.

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  • steeltown

    I’ve been impressed with Gay thus far, soo glad we brought him back. If we can get Cortez back out there that should help in allowing the coaching staff to make adjustments and play certain guys in certain schemes, so many more options

  • Bilgewater D

    Our defense is going to improve a lot if Cortez can stay healthy. I don’t think Bennett catches that pass in the end zone if Gay or Cortez is playing instead of Shamarko.

    Shark was in good position, but he needed about 4 more inches of reach and height to bat the ball away.

  • Bob Loblaw

    Yeah, outside his silly ball poke he’s been good this year. I’d even say he’s created more opportunities for turnovers than anyone else on the defense at this point. He’s had a few passes deflected, a forced fumble, and has been solid when asked to help against the run.

    Biggest worry is still Williams. Understand he’s got big shoes to fill, but the man needs to learn to wrap up and tackle.

  • treeher

    Has anyone heard how Miller was after game? Knee in good shape? Pain/swelling? I guess no news is good news.

  • Bilgewater D

    Lets give the kid some time. I thought he played a lot better against the Bears than he did the Bengals.

  • steeltown

    The kids a thumper..lets not forget he’s a rookie 6th Rd pick, he’s still very young and is now all of a sudden starting in the NFL at a position that is sometimes referred to as the QB of the Defense. Its only his 3rd game and not even 3rd as a starter

  • Bilgewater D

    Exactly. I think we have our future ILB. Think of the experience he’s gaining this year. Its a lot like Larry Foote in 2003.

  • Bilgewater D

    No news is good news.

  • dkoy85

    I’m excited about Williams. He brings a lot of energy. Just watch him after the play- it’s like he can’t contain his excitement. I enjoy seeing that out of a rookie!

  • srdan

    Good point. With Cortez’s injury history, a consistent 3rd CB is a must. He is playing way better than his first stint.

  • srdan

    I can’t disagree with you more. I am really excited about Williams. He is the only player consistently showing positive emotion out there. The kid is a leader. I read up on him. If your only issue is how he tackles, I will concede my point. But keep in mind that you can teach tackling, but you can’t teach leadership.

    I am extremely excited to have him out there.

  • John Hinton

    I agree that Cortez would have prevented the catch, not so sure about Gay. I also agree that our D will improve with a healthy Cortez.

  • chris ward

    Would be great to see Cortez play on Sunday. William Gay has done a solid job filling in though. Maybe Cortez can help the defense in forcing turnovers. Like last year in the final 2 games. When Cortez forced 3 fumbles and had 2 INT’s.

  • cencalsteeler

    I don’t want to jinx the team, but it is a breath of fresh air to see this team as healthy as it is at this point.

  • Bilgewater D

    Pouncey, Foote, and Cortez being out is healthy?

  • cencalsteeler

    Based on the last 2 years of injuries the Steelers have endured, I’d say yes, we have a relatively healthy team. And you can erase Cortez off of your list, the headline says he returns to practice.

  • Bilgewater D

    Doesn’t say he’s playing.

  • Steve

    Shark did a Great job on that catch, with him being a rookie, he only gets better and learns from it.

  • Steve

    Pouncey, Foote, and Cortez replacements have done fine jobs. Vasquez is no slouch. We are fortunate to have Gay as a replacement for Cortez and Williams has held his own. Foote was being picked on and that can’t be said for Williams.

  • Bob Loblaw

    Oh, my comment wasn’t really about writing him off or anything, just at this point I think he’s probably the weakest point on our defense (which considering, shouldn’t be too surprising).

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