Steelers Injury Report: Steve McLendon, Ryan Shazier, Jarvis Jones Questionable For Saturday Night

The Pittsburgh Steelers first preseason game of the 2014 season will take place Saturday night against the New York Giants and head coach Mike Tomlin said Thursday during his press conference that he’s not ready to rule out any of the injured players for the game just yet.

Tomlin said that he will leave the light on for nose tackle Steve McLendon (concussion) linebacker Jarvis Jones (groin), linebacker Ryan Shazier (knee), wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey (concussion), linebacker Jordan Zumwalt (groin) and tight end Rob Blanchflower.

The good news with Heyward-Bey, Zumwalt and Blanchflower is that all three are back on the field practicing. Tomlin didn’t know, however, if Shazier would be able to practice Thursday as he had yet to talk to the training staff.

Tomlin was later asked if players needed to work Thursday in order to play against the Giants Saturday night and said that didn’t necessarily need to happen.

“I’m always the-healthy-guys-play type of a coach,” said Tomlin. “The preseason is very necessary to develop regular season readiness and cohesion, and the only way to do that is to play. I’ve been the same dating back to 2007 in that regard. If they’re deemed healthy and ready to play, I’d just as soon get that first play out of the way so we can move on with the process.”

  • Crowned

    I’m really bummed we won’t be seeing Shazier Saturday night. It’s obviously for the best though. I really wanted him to log those snaps.

  • Matt Manzo

    Should be good for Spence though! At least we’ll get to see a bunch of him, and I’m hoping Spence starting means we will also get to see a bunch of Garvin and Zumwalt!
    I have a feeling Shazier will pick things up pretty fast! If he misses two games I’ll be worried.

  • NW86

    Since when does “Questionable” mean “Out”?

  • treeher

    Not sure Tomlin has been completely open about Shaz’s injury.. His little tweak has kept him out several days now. I don’t think they’ll unnecessarily push their 1st round starter.

  • joed32

    In preseason it usually does.

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  • Doni609

    So much for a boo-boo, eh? The boo-boo is (obviously) with Tomlin.

  • steelersfan

    Man….these injuries are getting on my nerves..getting paranoid..Not that these are serious injuries but just out of curiosity does anyone remember any long term injuries during the 2005,2008, or 2010 seasons? I think Aaron Smith may have been banged up during the 2010 superbowl year but nothing else comes to mind immediately. We are due for one of those injury lite years

  • Josh Knepshield

    2005 Ben R. missed 4 games thru the middle of the season.
    2008 Mendenhall missed almost all season with shoulder injury
    2008 Kendall Simmons missed almost all season
    2008 Willie Parker missed around 5 games
    2010 Ben missed 1st 4 suspension, not injury

  • steelersfan

    Totally forgot about Ben’s knee in 2005- thanks. Can’t believe we overcame that along with the Maddox Jaguars game fiasco

  • Josh Knepshield

    That OT interception by Maddox in 2005 against the Jags still haunts me. Broke the TV.