Steelers 2017 Week 12 Injury Report: Smith-Schuster, McDonald Sit Again On Thursday

The Pittsburgh Steelers held a morning practice on Thanksgiving Thursday and their second injury report of Week 12 shows that three players failed to work during the session.

Not practicing on Thursday were cornerback Joe Haden (fibula), wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (hamstring) and tight end Vance McDonald (ankle). Haden has already been ruled out of the team’s Sunday night game against the Green Bay Packers and it’s not looking like Smith-Schuster or McDonald will ultimately play in that contest.

Smith-Schuster has not missed a game so far this season while McDonald has already missed three previous contests because of injuries. Haden has missed just one game since suffering a fractured fibula in Week 10

After practicing fully on Wednesday, Steelers safety Mike Mitchell (ankle) was limited on Thursday and that means he’s moving in the wrong direction. Mitchell, like McDonald, missed the team’s Week 11 game against the Tennessee Titans with an ankle injury.

Practicing fully again on Thursday was outside linebacker James Harrison (back). Harrison has been inactive for the Steelers last two games with a supposed back injury.

  • Chris92021

    First guesses for the this Sunday’s inactive list:
    QB Joshua Dobbs
    WR JuJu Smith-Schuster
    TE Vance McDonald
    OL Jerald Hawkins
    S Mike Mitchell
    CB Joe Haden
    CB Cameron Sutton

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Maybe an opportunity for Martavis to shine. I’d like to see James dressed and get some snaps in front of a home crowd.

  • Chris92021

    I think we both we will get that wish about Big Game James Harrison to get a hat and shine. Personally I think this was what Coach Tomlin and the rest of the defensive staff was waiting for, the closing time of the season to let the beast loose for the final 6 games of the season.

  • falconsaftey43

    I wouldn’t assume Harrison will play a significant number of snaps if any. They have shown no signs of wanting to get him on the field, it has been the opposite of that. Watt is way more athletic and much much better in coverage (5th most PDs of all LBs with 5. Shazier leads with 9. Next highest is 6.) Harrison is probably the better pass rusher right now, but they ask a lot more than that from their OLBs.

  • ryan72384

    I’m calling it now.. JuJu doesn’t play and Martavis has a huge game that sends a shiver of fear through the rest of the NFL. I guarantee Im wrong though.

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    Sounds about right (you being wrong that is ) just joking around had to sneak that one but agreed

  • Stairway7

    Ben and Bryant have no chemistry this year. If MB has a big play it will be due to a defensive error.

  • Dan

    I do want that hamstring to heal properly for the long the road ahead; however, I’m afraid if he rests that sends a message to the team that this game isn’t important. An NFC opponent without their star QB. Maybe they think this game is a gimme. In truth any game we lose, conference game or not, jeopardizes playoff seeding. I know we have two Div games and NE coming up, but if we lose any game, it could be the difference between a #1 seed and a #3 seed. This team has a serious problem not putting on their best performance, when the quality of the opponent or the importance of the game is in question. With Gilbert and Hayden already out, I don’t want to rest JuJu unless it’s clearly needed. Tomlin better get the guys ready this week.

  • Rocksolid20

    Maybe he can recover a fumble .

  • jsteeler

    The players better get themselves ready. The Game plan has been given .Now Execute! Let’s Go!