Steelers 2017 Week 8 Injury Report: Four Players Sit Out Wednesday’s Practice

The Pittsburgh Steelers have now wrapped up their Wednesday practice and the team’s first injury report of Week 8 that was released Wednesday afternoon thankfully doesn’t include any surprises on it.

Not practicing on Wednesday were tight end Vance McDonald (knee), guard David DeCastro (not injury related), defensive end Stephon Tuitt (back) and tackle Marcus Gilbert (hamstring).

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin indicated Tuesday that there’s a chance Tuitt and Gilbert both play Sunday against the Lions. Tuitt, however, said Tuesday night that he hopes to start practicing by Thursday so him sitting out Wednesday is not surprising.

As for Gilbert, who has already missed four full games this season with a hamstring injury, he still might not return until after the team’s bye week. If he sits again Sunday night backup offensive lineman Chris Hubbard will once again start in his place at right tackle.

McDonald suffered a knee bruise during the team’s Sunday home win over the Cincinnati Bengals and Tomlin said Tuesday it could limit him in practice this week. We’ll have to wait and see if he does enough between now and Sunday in order to play against the Lions.

DeCastro sitting out Wednesday doesn’t appear to be a big deal as he’s listed as not injury related.

Listed on the team’s Wednesday injury report as a full practice participant was wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, who was reportedly in concussion protocol on Tuesday, according to Tomlin. That’s a great sign for him.



  • Michael James

    Great for Juju!

  • pittfan

    and he got his bike back!

  • John

    BTW slightly unrelated but for all draftniks, Noah Spence out for season and has had 4 separated shoulders since draft day. Thank goodness we did not take him.

  • Rob

    JuJu remains undefeated on the season

  • Matt Manzo

    Wow! He was a favorite to a lot of people. Always fun to take a look back!

  • Doug Andrews

    I liked him coming out of the draft good thing I’m not the GM. Tough luck for Spence

  • Reader783

    Is it worrisome at all that Juju has been in the concussion protocol, what, 2-3 times already?

  • Steeler Nation!

    That’s what I was thinking. But have any of them been diagnosed as concussions? I’m guessing no since he’s missed no time, right? If he had been diagnosed with one it’s usually at least a week off I believe.

  • Obi Ryn Denobi

    Anybody notice ‘expert’ douche bag Romo’s “Dunap Iso Cam” supposedly about to show one of his ‘Keys to the Game’ Carlos Dunlap having his way with ‘Gilbert’s Replacement’ — Chris Hubbard? Went on for a couple spotlighted hurries, until Hubbard pancaked Dunlap to LONG SILENCE from Romo!

    No more ‘Dunlap Iso Cam!’

  • dany

    Tip for incoming NFL defenders, if your last name is Spence, change it, you will get injured

  • Steeler Miller

    Can’t complain about the news here. This team is extremely healthy with a chance to be 6-2, leading the AFC and not coming even close to hitting their peak. Let’s get the W on Sunday and roll into the bye week in great shape for the stretch run.

  • Rocksolid20

    I’m with you on that !