The Pittsburgh Steelers will play the New York Giants Sunday at Heinz Field and during his weekly Tuesday press conference, head coach Mike Tomlin updated the health of his team ahead of that contest.
“From an injury standpoint as we move forward, [Darrius] Heyward-Bey is still working, but he can still be characterized as week-to-week at this point,” said Tomlin. “DeAngelo Williams is perking up. He’s doing some good things and we’ll see where his rehabilitation leads us this week and if it leads us to practice then we’ll evaluate that practice. He’s been working extremely hard and I think he’s starting to get some signs of some results from that work and that’s encouraging.
“Some other guys that have been experiencing injury have already worked in a partial capacity, if you will, this week and we’ll let their participation be our guide in terms of their inclusion in the plan and those guys are Xavier Grimble and Shamarko Thomas.”
As Tomlin’s press conference proceeded, he made it sound like there’s a good chance that safety Shamarko Thomas will be back for the game against the Giants and he called both he and wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey significant special teams contributors who have been missed while they’ve been sidelined.
Tomlin did not address the statuses of defensive tackle Javon Hargrave (hand) and guard Ramon Foster (ankle) on Tuesday and that’s not very surprising as both are expected to play against the Giants after suffering minor injuries Thursday night in the win over the Indianapolis Colts.
Overall, the Steelers appear to be a fairly healthy team coming out of their mini bye week.