Report: Injured Steelers Gilbert, Tuitt Both Practiced On Monday

The Pittsburgh Steelers practiced on Monday after having their bye last week and at appears as though two of their injured starters are indeed on track to play Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts.

According to Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, defensive end Stephon Tuitt (back) and tackle Marcus Gilbert (hamstring) both practiced some on Monday. Tuitt reportedly said he feels good after a back injury kept him out of the Steelers last two games. Gilbert, on the other hand, reportedly took half the snaps with the first team offense during Monday’s session and said his hamstring felt fine.

The fact that the Steelers released tackle Jake Rodgers from their practice squad on Monday is probably a good sign that Gilbert will practice extensively this week. Assuming he doesn’t have a setback with the hamstring injury that’s forced him to miss five games this season, one would think he’ll ultimately start Sunday against the Colts.

As for Tuitt’s back injury, that reportedly happened three full weeks ago while he was lifting. While Tuitt has been sidelined the last two games, backup defensive end Tyson Alualu has filled in admirably in his place.

While Tuitt and Gilbert both reportedly practiced on Monday, we’ve yet to hear if tight end Vance McDonald (knee) or safety Mike Mitchell (calf) were able to work. Mitchell suffered a calf injury during the Steelers Week 8 win over the Detroit Lions while McDonald missed that contest with a knee injury that he had suffered during the team’s week 7 home game.

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin will hold his weekly press conference on Tuesday and at that time he’ll likely update the overall health of his team.

  • We won’t get a full practice report until Wed. so I’ll keep my fingers crossed until then.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    A good way to start the week for sure. There really aren’t many teams that are able to say they’re operating at or near full strength. I’m happy to cheer for one so fortunate.

  • BB

    Heath Miller…where are you?

  • Chad Weiss

    Knock on wood but this is as healthy I can remember Steelers being this late in the season what seem like ever

  • Doug Andrews

    McDonald really makes a difference in the run game. I hope he made it back to practice this week. Out of all the injured guys the TE position has the least depth so let’s see if Vance can get back in there.

  • Applebite

    Hopefully, Gilbert practically bathed himself in icyhot over the last couple of weeks…

  • Mark

    Jesse is a dumpster fire trying to block, his effort and technique are a D+ at best

  • Doug Andrews

    Agreed I’ve nicknamed him the “Spotter” he can find the person that needs to be blocked but just can’t excute in the run blocking game to save his life.

  • FanInExile

    At the other end of the couch from Rob Ninkovich, as each waits in hope that his respective former employer gets desperate enough to offer him big money for a short season.

    In Heath’s case, though, it would take very, VERY big money to get him to yes.

  • TroymanianDevil

    Please please please Gilbert and/or Tuitt don’t rush back. We can handle this game without y’all. Only come back when healthy, can’t have any setbacks or re-aggravations

  • heath miller

    hello? HEATHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

  • gdeuce

    Heath is completely done with football

  • Jim Foles

    McGee looked good doing that job.

  • John Pennington

    Is McGee ready to go if Vance is going to be out for a long period of time.