Steelers Injury Report: McLendon, Gilbert Unable To Practice Wednesday

The Pittsburgh Steelers first injury report of the week has now been released and it includes a little bit of bad news.

Nose tackle Steve McLendon (shoulder) wasn’t able to practice Wednesday and while it’s still early in the week, it doesn’t look like he will make it back for the game Sunday at Heinz Field against the Indianapolis Colts.

If McLendon is down once again, Cam Thomas will more than likely get the start at nose tackle. In addition, rookie nose tackle Daniel McCullers would also likely dress for a second straight game.

Also not practicing Wednesday was tackle Marcus Gilbert (concussion). Gilbert is still going through the mandatory concussion protocol, so there’s a chance he might be able to return to practice Thursday or Friday and play Sunday.

Limited Wednesday was and linebacker Ryan Shazier (knee). The fact that he wasn’t able to practice fully Wednesday is certainly not good news. With it being a short week, he almost certainly will need to practice fully on Thursday and Friday if he hopes to play Sunday against the Colts. Shazier has been unable to play since injuring his knee back in Week 3.

Practicing on a limited basis Wednesday were cornerback Ike Taylor (forearm) and safety Shamarko Thomas. Taylor is only doing individual drills upon his return to the practice field and has already been ruled out for Sunday. There’s still no timetable for his return.

As for Thomas, who has missed the last two games with a hamstring injury, it’s probably not a good sign that he’s still limited. Like Shazier, he will more than likely have to practice fully Thursday and Friday if he wants to have any hope of playing Sunday.

Defensive end Brett Keisel (not injury related), safety Troy Polamalu (not injury related) and safety Mike Mitchell (not injury related) were all given a veteran’s day off Wednesday.

  • Steelers12328882

    C’mon, Shazier! Ice up, son!

  • Matt Manzo


  • srdan

    Honestly I think we have rushed leg injuries in the past. Woodley comes to mind. I dont’ think shazier will have an impact when he comes back, and Spence is coming into his own. I’d let him rest.

  • Jon Crissinger

    The report has been changed to limited for Shazier. He did practice some today

  • SteelersDepot

    Steelers just corrected injury report and now have Shazier as being limited.

  • John Hinton

    Like most of us, I was to hoping to hear McLendon practiced today. Oh well, if he can’t go on Sunday Big Dan will get more reps.

  • letownia

    We need McClendon for this game so bad….!!!!

  • Steelers12328882

    Yeah I don’t want to rush him, but at the same time I’m getting aggravated the preseason favorite for DROY has been out 4-1/2 games. We need coverage in the middle of the field, and I know Shazier makes plenty of mistakes, but he’ll learn and neither Timmons or Spence have ability like he does.

  • Addison

    Am I wrong did Adams play decent? I can’t remember if there was much breakdown coverage on the right.

  • James Kling

    Shade Tree, please fall on Andrew Luck. That is all.

  • frednash

    Go big #62

    He played 9 snaps on Monday night

    We won all of them!

  • renoir

    Man, I hope this doesnt portend an injury prone lb in the future since Shaz is considered smallish for his position. twice he has been down allready including preseason.And I sure hope we keep Cam rested at nose with a healthy dose of McCullers as it seemed to rejuvenate big Cam in the last game…

  • renoir

    wouldnt we all be shocked if Jarvis rather then Shaz turns out to be the better lb in several years..

  • Nolrog

    I don’t expect Shazier or Thomas to be back until the Baltimore game at the earliest.

  • Nolrog

    IIRC, he went down because someone fell on his knee, not because he was beaten or over powered or anything.

  • Steel PAul


    What if Shade Tree comes into his own this season and wins the starting NT job. What becomes of McClendon?

    With Tuitt and Heyward, the DE positions are taken for the foreseeable future. But he’s clearly a quality player.

  • walter mason

    Too many quality players is a good situation.

  • charles

    Very interested to see if Munchak has turned Adams into a player.

  • cencalsteeler

    Why does Mitchell receive a vet day off? He’s not a vet.

  • Please dont pay Adams when it comes time like they did Gilbert

  • renoir

    I just hope it doesnt point to a weak anatomy which is beyond a players control but is just there aka Gronkowski and many others cursed with weak points that flare at times.

  • renoir

    A blessing to us as McClendon can rotate with Tiut for a year or two and also let Shade be fresh as well. McClendon is incredibly valuable as he can play all across the d line..Someone who has never gotten credit from us fans…