Steelers 2017 Week 8 Injury Report: Tuitt, Gilbert, McDonald All Sit Out Thursday

The Pittsburgh Steelers have now wrapped up their Thursday practice and the team’s second injury report of Week 8 that was released following the session shows that three players failed to work earlier in the day.

Not practicing again on Thursday were tight end Vance McDonald (knee), defensive end Stephon Tuitt (back) and tackle Marcus Gilbert (hamstring).

Earlier Thursday Tuitt reportedly said that he’s been told he won’t play Sunday night against the Lions and if that turns out to be the case then fellow defensive end Tyson Alualu will once again start in his place. Tuitt reportedly suffered his back injury a week ago Monday while lifting and it resulted in him missing the team’s Week 7 home game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

As for Gilbert, who has already missed four games this season with his hamstring injury, it’s now looking like he’ll sit out the Sunday night game against the Lions as well. Gilbert tried to return in Week 6 but re-injured his hamstring during the first half of that game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Chris Hubbard will start at right tackle Sunday night if Gilbert ultimately fails to play.

McDonald now looks like he’s in jeopardy of missing Sunday’s game as well. He suffered a bruised knee last Sunday against the Bengals and has failed to practice this week. The Steelers running game will miss him if he doesn’t play.

After sitting out Wednesday’s practice, guard David DeCastro (not injury related) practiced fully on Thursday. DeCastro was given Wednesday off for the birth of his daughter.

Wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (concussion), practiced fully again on Thursday and barring any kind of a setback, he should be able to play Sunday night against the Lions. Smith-Schuster reportedly had concussion-like symptoms on Monday and was immediately placed in protocol.

  • Rocksolid20

    Hubbard is our new right tackle . Gilbert can’t stay healthy .

  • Nathanael Dory

    Only a bruise knee and you dont practice? That bruise may be really bad lol

  • Will

    Well I guess it depends how bad it is.

    Since the Steelers pay good money for team doctors I would also have to assume that they were consulted.

    But maybe you have some insider knowledge that is above and beyond all of them.

  • pittfan

    Harsh. He went out and tried against the Chiefs which made everyone happy, then re-aggravated his hammy. He might have fully healed by now had he sat.

  • Harsh indeed.

  • Ralph Wagner

    I can see a loss as a team can’t win with back up players and Haley’s red zone and third and one calls. LOL

    Go Steelers

  • dany

    Bye week will do him wonders. But if he’s not ready after I hope they/he doesn’t rush it again

  • Bill

    I see no problem with third and one calls; Ben just heaves a long one to a totally blanketed AB and then we punt. You got a problem with that? Now tell me; is that all on Haley or does Big Ben’s Pokemon eyes for AB have something to do with it? I’m not disputing your take on the call but isn’t a QB supposed to read the defense and adjust?

  • PaeperCup

    Cmon Tuitt. Went from fully healthy and practicing to out for multiple weeks just like that.

  • Jim Foles

    Be nice if he would run some.

  • ND_Steel

    Congrats to the DeCastro family.

  • Jon Hartman

    you come on. i rather see tuitt getting healthy and get ready for the 2nd half and sb run. same with everyone else.

  • John Pennington

    Draft a right tackle next year a true right tackle to get ready to replace Gilbert when the time comes,A true center to learn from Pouncy and back him up would help also.Don’t forget another OLB always a corner and safety.

  • bradtype79

    This upcoming Lions game on Halloween weekend is getting scarier and scarier: backups, bruises and benchings, oh my!