Steelers Relatively Healthy Through Two Weeks Of OTA Practices

Keeping a team healthy during three weeks of OTA practices and one week of minicamp is a chore for any NFL team, but the Pittsburgh Steelers have managed to do just that so far with two weeks of work now in the books.

For a team with 90 players on a their roster, the Steelers only have a few with minor bumps and bruises.

According to Scott Brown of, outside linebacker Jason Worilds (calf) ended the second week of OTA practices still on  the sidelines as he continues to rehab a calf injury suffered during the very first offseason practice.

Joining Worilds as not working on Thursday were center Maurkice Pouncey (knee), wide receiver Markus Wheaton (unknown), tight end Michael Palmer (unknown) and fullback Will Johnson (ankle).

Johnson, according to Brown, is no longer wearing a walking boot, so hopefully he can return to practice next week. As far as Pouncey goes, it appears as though the team is giving him every Thursday off in order to save some wear and tear on his surgically repaired knee.

As far as Wheaton and Palmer both go, it doesn’t appear as though whatever has them sidelined is serious.

The Steelers will get back to work next week with the team scheduled to report on Monday. In the past, the first day of the third week of OTA practices is usually spent at Dave & Busters in order to build some team unity. Hopefully nobody injures anything while playing skee-ball.

  • shawn

    Staying healthy has got to be right there at the top of the priority list … if we can get thru pre season fully intact it would go a long way to giving the team a healthy chance of winning the division !

  • Steelers12328882

    Anytime Wheaton’s name is mentioned along with injuries it’s highly disappointing to me regardless if it appears serious or not. This guy cannot have any setbacks this year.

  • steeltown

    Nothing serious. Even Worilds injury, it was reported that he’s been working on the sidelines without noticeable limitations. It’s just precaution during early stages (OTAs)

  • Steel PAul

    I think Worilds is even more important in the same way.

  • Steelers12328882

    True, but I think the linebacking core as a whole is very good. The WRs, besides AB of course, are all new. The last thing I want to see is Wheaton injured and DHB and Moore playing alongside AB.

  • Steel PAul

    The OLB group is thin, however. I haven’t seen Moats in a Steelers uniform yet, but it’s a scarier thought to me to see C. Carter on defense than DHB (and I’m far from a fan of his) with AB and Moore.

  • Steelers12328882

    Yeah, but you can’t exclude the ILBs from this conversation, which are very very deep, especially when you have Shazier that has pass rushing ability. That’s like discussing depth at flanker and split end and leaving out the slot receiver.

  • Steelers12328882

    Side note: totally agree about Chris Carter tho lol.

  • Steel PAul

    I’m with ya man. I think what happened with Foote last year made it clear how important it is to have back-ups who can step in at ALL positions – which is tough to accomplish in today’s salary cap NFL.

    It strikes me that we could be in trouble if any of these people get hurt – based on what we have for backups:

    Wheaton, Worilds, Beachum and probably Macclenden.

  • Donte Williams

    i second that but i think TON-DMC i wanna see what he looks like and this defense i cant remember our defense being this fast and young. if they can all pan out man we may be better than that defense in 08-09 i think when we had every defensive category in our pockets other than the rushing yards allowed which we were less than 2 yeards behind the ravens. i’m excited about this team this year and i know they are hungry our offfense looks like it has gotten better and if our line can stay healthy man look out.

  • HiVul

    I wonder this too, if JJ or Worilds gets injured I think the backup plan probably isn’t on the roster right now.