Steelers 2017 Week 14 Injury Report: Mitchell, McDonald Practice Fully On Wednesday

The Pittsburgh Steelers have now released their first injury report of Week 14 ahead of their Sunday night home game against the Baltimore Ravens and a total of five players are listed on it.

Sitting out the team’s Wednesday practice were linebacker Ryan Shazier (back), linebacker Tyler Matakevich (shoulder) and cornerback Joe Haden (fibula). All three of those players are expected to miss the Sunday night game against the Ravens and especially Shazier, who currently remains in a Cincinnati hospital recovering from an injury he suffered to his spine during the first quarter of the team’s Monday road game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

As for Matakevich and Haden, specifically, the former injured his left shoulder during the game against the Bengals and failed to return to the field. Haden, on the other hand, has been sidelined with his fractured fibula since Week 10 and thers currently no timetable set for his return.

Practicing fully on Wednesday were safety Mike Mitchell (ankle) and tight end Vance McDonald (ankle). Mitchell sat out the Monday night game against the Bengals with his injury while McDonald has missed the last three games with his ankle injury. If things go well the remainder of the week, both players might be back on the field Sunday night against the Ravens.

  • Chris92021

    Please be ready to go this week, Vance McDonald. You too, Mike Mitchell.

  • smartbomb2084

    Does this mean 84 was a full practice participant since he isn’t on this list?

  • Doug Andrews

    Jessie James/ X man looked ok last week. Steelers able to run for 92 yards with a 4.2 average not bad at all but the run game can sure use a shot in the arm like Vance McDonald

  • Stairway7

    Wonder is Spence will see any snaps on defense.

  • nikgreene

    I’m guessing LJ Fort will start with Vince Williams. In my opinion Spence was signed as pure insurance, or maybe to play a few snaps on special teams. I hope a player who has been a free agent most (or all?) of the season would not be expected to play a significant role in the defensive game plan.

  • nikgreene

    McDonald’s return would be huge.
    With the injuries on defense I think the offense needs to carry the team this week. And not the “oops we forgot to play for two quarters, guess we’ll play good football now, and win the game in the final seconds” offense, but an offense that plays well from the start and has a couple, long, deliberate drives that soak up the clock and keep the Steelers’ defense fresh.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    With JuJu out, McDonald being back is huge.

  • Rocksolid20

    wonder how many passes he will drop this week ?
    At least he can block , I guess .

  • Chris92021

    You are not kidding. Giving away an entire half ain’t gonna cut it this week or the next. Glad that the Steelers have the gumption and talent to come back from a 17-0 deficit after an emotionally and psychologically traumatic experience when Shazier went down. However, if we give up those long passes to Flacco this Sunday, we are gonna be cooked.

    I want to see Vance McDonald open up those off-tackle running lanes for Bell and get downfield for those 20 yard completions. And see Mitchell making tackles, not whiffing on them after Burns gets, well, burned on a deep route.

  • nikgreene

    Thinking about what you said about the comeback on Monday night. In a vacuum, it is impressive to be sure, but I think we agree it is not a sustainable winning model. The Steelers are 6-1 in one-score games, and 4-1 in games where they lose the turnover battle this season. Those numbers, and my experience watching games, tells me that this is a pretty good team that has gotten a bit lucky. A convincing win on Sunday, and an at least competitive showing against the Pats would convince me otherwise.

  • ryan72384

    Starting to think we may not see Haden until the playoffs. And it’s weird at the beginning of the season I never thought I’d be worried about the passing game because JuJu isn’t playing even thought MB is lol.

  • pittfan

    That’s what I’m thinking too. Fractures dont lend themselves to quick healing and while the #1 seed is quite preferable, it’s not necessary to win it all. Having Joe back in good health in January very well may be.

  • pittfan

    he’ll drop 0 this week. and open gaping holes for #26.

  • MC

    Get McDonald out there and go back to those running formations/plays that were very successful whenever he was on the field.

  • Jim Foles

    Bell needs 12+ receptions with 100+ yards to nullify Mosley and his Defense.

  • Jim Foles

    hopefully not.

  • Conserv_58

    Even though Mitchell and McDonald practiced there is no doubt in my mind that their ankle injuries are going to still limit their effectiveness. They have dreaded high ankle sprains and high ankle sprains last all season long. I’ve heard some players say that they would rather suffer a broken ankle than have a high ankle sprain. I can attest to that because I’ve had a few ankle sprains from playing sports and a high ankle sprain is excruciatingly painful and it does take a long time to heal up from it. My last ankle sprain lasted a year. I did heal enough to not need a cast or crutches, but I certainly felt it when climbing stairs or a ladder.

  • Conserv_58

    He and Mitchell won’t be at 100%.

  • Conserv_58

    It goes without saying that Sean’s reconstructed knee is the reason why he wasn’t re-signed by the Steelers and why the Colts cut him. His signing had more to do with his being available, a former Steelers player, knowing the Steelers defense and his playing a back up role if needed.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Who ever is this time of year?

  • SteelCityDefense

    Sounds like the Raiders last year…