Steelers 2017 Week 15 Injury Report: McDonald Out, Three Questionable For Patriots Game

The Pittsburgh Steelers have now released their final injury report of Week 15 and the Friday offering shows that one player has officially been ruled out for the Sunday home game against the New England Patriots with three more listed as questionable for the contest.

Ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Patriots on the Friday injury report was tight end Vance McDonald (shoulder), who failed to practice all week. McDonald suffered his shoulder injury Sunday night against the Baltimore Ravens.

Ending the week listed as questionable for the Sunday night game against the Patriots are cornerback Joe Haden (fibula), cornerback Coty Sensabaugh (shoulder) and wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (hamstring). Haden is expected to be a game-time decision on Sunday and the same might ultimately go for Sensabaugh and Smith-Schuster. Haden and Smith-Schuster are listed as being limited on Friday during practice while Sensabaugh is listed as a full participant.

Smith-Schuster, by the way, was added to the team’s injury report on Thursday after being limited in practice with a hamstring injury.

Inside linebacker Tyler Matakevich (shoulder) and center Maurkice Pouncey (hip) both practiced fully on Friday and end the week without a game status designation. Matakevich missed the team’s Week 14 game with a shoulder injury and was listed as being limited on Wednesday and Thursday.

Practicing fully once again on Friday were wide receiver Martavis Bryant (not injury related) and defensive end Stephon Tuitt (illness) and neither player received a game status designation on the Friday injury report as a result that. Bryant and Tuitt both sat out the team’s Wednesday practice.

  • Grant Humphrey

    Was kind of hoping Joe Haden would be full today. But we’ll have to wait and see what he can do on Sunday.

  • Biggie

    Really need JuJu able to go this game.

  • Sam Clonch

    Let’s go Juju, no one is scared of Eli in the slot!

  • StrengthOfVictory

    I think they’ve just been amping up the activity each day for Joe. If he hasn’t suffered any setbacks and feels good day-to-day (between now and Sunday), I think he plays.

  • CountryClub

    Being without JuJu and McDonald would be a big blow. They need at least one of those guys to help take heat off Brown.

  • Kathy Furlong

    Why not move T.J. to the middle and turn James Harrison loose on the outside.

  • CountryClub

    Matakevich is probably not a good fit at all against NE. Can’t imagine he gets much playing time.

  • Mister Wirez

    Come on Glass McDonald… wrap-it, tape-it, shoot-it-up… Just play.

  • Chris92021

    Guesses for the inactive list:
    QB Joshua Dobbs
    OL Matt Feiler
    TE Vance McDonald (I would say just shut him down until the playoffs)
    DL Daniel McCullers
    CB Joe Haden (good sign he practiced but I don’t see him getting thrown in the Patriots game after 4 weeks of inactivity)
    S J.J, Wilcox
    WR Justin Hunter or JuJu Smith-Schuster if he can’t go with the hamstring

  • Mister Wirez

    Special teams maybe?

  • NinjaMountie

    Man…that V McDonald is one brittle feller….just call him Mr. Glass.

  • The Chin

    I’d be happy to keep Bud as a spectator frankly. I’m with you with regard to James playing, not sure about TJ moving to the inside. Of course GreenBay did it with Clay Matthews

  • NinjaMountie

    Why reinvent the wheel? Instead of weakening yourself in 1 position you’re going to weaken yourself in two…without fixing the position you intended to fix.

  • Rusted Out

    Well I guess that settles on who will be starting at corner. Here’s your time to shine Sutton.

  • Sam Clonch

    Definitely STs. Will probably make the pro bowl as a special teamer.

  • NinjaMountie

    I think Jesse James has a practitioner of the black arts on his payroll. He seems to hold on to that starting TE position at the cost of others. bwahahahahahaha

  • SteelersGeek4Lyfe

    Cam Sutton getting his first start against Brady and having Sean Spence play in his second game after being picked up at the local bus station kind of scares me…

  • ryan72384

    Really bummed about Mcdonald not playing. His speed adds such an element to our offense everytime he’s out there for those 2 or 3 plays before he gets hurt. But if JuJu doesn’t play that is huge because you know BB is going to find a way to neutralize AB. Man I thought JuJu would be healed up by now. Need his clutch factor so bad for this game.

  • ryan72384

    And lets face it.. If Haden doesn’t play Ben is going to have to score 70 to beat Brady

  • Kevin artis

    McDonald is like that other TE we signed from the Chargers but was in concussion protocol the entire time he was here.

  • capehouse

    That’s what would happen if it didn’t work out. But. What if it was like putting Carnell Lake at CB and sliding Myron Bell in at Safety instead of having Alvoid Mays at CB.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Hmmph. This report is full of intrigue and speculation. I’m not so sure I like that going into such a ginormous game. But, seeing Haden as possible and not ruled out is nice. I think. And what in the heck is up with JuJu??? How is that thing not healed? And how did Sensabaugh go from not practicing to a full? And who owns the voodoo doll on Vance McDonald? And who’s the culprit that got Tuitt sick? And just how dirty red IS Dirty Red?
    And just how many licks DOES it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie pop?!

    So many questions…

  • Louis Hensler

    Honestly, James has better hands than MacDonald.

  • Slab

    I’m inclined to think you have to keep either Haden or JJ active just to have enough DBs.

  • NinjaMountie

    I understand what you are saying but unique situations don’t often workout. That’s like saying all world WRs can be found in the 6th round all the time because of AB.
    Also, TJ Watt is still learning how to play OLB.
    Just let the ILBs that have experience man the position. Of course you can move Watt around to utilize him at times…they do that already.

  • Rob

    No Branch for the pats

  • Steeler Nation!

    Agree. With no VM then the Outlaw will need to come up big again. But having JJSS is almost as big as having Haden at CB. We need him, Bell, JJ to help account for them mugging AB. And keep that cocky Ahole on the sideline.

  • ThePointe

    I’m speculating that Haden plays because:

    1. Tomlin normally rules out players by now. He’s not a big injury report manipulation buy.
    2. The fact that he was limited all week and not downgraded likely means they are just being cautious. If he had swelling, they would have not let him practice at all the following day.
    3. Joe himself really wants to play in this game.

  • ThePointe

    Agreed!

  • Blake Majors

    It’s actually 5 weeks to the day of the Patriots game, not sure why everyone is saying 4. Math is easy.

  • Steve Johnson

    He is questionable

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    The world will never know…

  • Steve Johnson

    McDonald Out Yet Again; why the Hell did they sign yet another Free Agent TE that can’t stay Healthy?

  • Steve Johnson

    I’m so sick of Underachievers on this team:
    1. Bud Dupree – Three Years in the NFL, one Rush Move (Pathetic!)
    2. Martavis Bryant – Can’t run routes/quit on routes
    3. Vance McDonald – Durability isn’t in his vocabulary
    4. Sean Davis – My Grandmother could tackle better than this dude
    5. Mike Mitchell – Can’t cover a fly, not too durable either. But he knows how to run his mouth.
    I’m a Die Hard Steeler Fan, will be pulling for these guys Sunday, but the way I see it, until they actually beat the Patriots, everything else means nothing.

  • Steve Johnson

    Does anybody think Brian Allen will play in the Dime Defense?

  • FanInExile

    Adding a few more candles this weekend to my Heath Miller shrine…

  • Ace

    That comment is curious to me. Can you explain why he probably isn’t a good fit at all against NE?

  • Jonathan Bell

    this is pure speculation, but I could have sworn that JuJu came up gimpy after one of his over-the-top, TD celebrations. I was with a buddy at a bar watching and he saw it too. Forgot which game. But this wouldn’t be the first time a player pulls/dislocates/sprains etc something during an over exuberant and ill-conceived victory dance/pantomime/theatrical extravaganza.
    Of course, this theory can not be substantiated. Then again, it’s not something a player or organization would exactly want to admit.

  • NW86

    You are right, this team is terrible and they don’t even try. That’s probably why they are 2-11…oh, wait…

  • Ace

    Which one?

  • Jonathan Bell

    game or skit?
    however, it may have been the one when he used AB as a barbell to do squats with…
    trying to pinpoint the game/routine that I saw this…but that might have been it.

  • Ace

    Gimpy and sore Haden coming off 5 weeks of no practice no playing, Sutton who has played only a handful of snaps in his career, or Coty coming off limited practice and a recent history of getting torched. Hmmmm, not looking so good. This is gonna have at least 4 of those long plays where everyone gets burned and they all point and yell at each other. FUN! At least we have Artie to hold Cooks in check.

  • dennisdoubleday

    McDonald could probably run faster than James while standing on his hands, though.

  • dennisdoubleday

    Worse, they traded for him! Didn’t give much, though.

  • FanInExile

    Gonna hafta X and O our way to victory in this one. That appears to be a very heavy lift this weekend.
    That burden should be lighter if we have more talent in better health after Week 17.

  • CountryClub

    Because they will abuse him in the pass game.

  • Stairway7

    From your mouth to God’s ears.

  • Stairway7

    Dupree has a rush move? Didn’t think getting carried 10 yards up the arc by mediocre RTs counts as a “move.”

  • ryan72384

    Absolutely. I’m a huge Jesse James fan. Have been since he was drafted. I just really like being able to pair them together. I think they make a good 1-2 punch. Jesse just can’t stretch the seam like McDonald

  • LucasY59

    I want him to, but not sure if he will

  • LucasY59

    that is a good thing for Bell

  • Ray

    Dave I think that last paragraph needs a little editing

  • LucasY59

    I agree Belicheat is going to game plan so that guys other than Bell and Brown will need to win the game, was hoping for a good game from Juju and McDonald, but it might need to be Bryant and James

  • LucasY59

    I think he is at least active, if Sutton (and/or more likely Sensabaugh) is getting picked on by Brady they might put Haden in, but it would be better for him to continue to rest/heal until the playoffs (get him just enough snaps that he is as close to 100% as possible for the post season)

  • sixnine

    The best news is Dirty Red is back…just because he is very smart and should get everyone lined up even though he is not the athlete.

  • rystorm06

    Glass McDonald out again, his ass is outta here after this season

  • Sdale

    It’s too bad. I sure like what he brings from both a blocking and a receiving standpoint…but you can’t make the club from the tub.

  • Sdale

    He’ll have to if Haden and Sensabaugh are out, won’t he?

  • Ace

    Do you think Moats and/or Spence will have a better chance of covering and running down Lewis, White and Burkhead compared to Tyler?

  • CountryClub

    Fort would have the best chance. There aren’t many good options

  • DoctorNoah

    Seriously. We have worse luck with TE’s than the Dead did with keyboardists

  • Lambert58

    The voodoo doll is the same one used on Ladarius Green.

    Man, you’d think a young man of JuJu’s age and conditioning would shake off a hammy pretty quick. Troubling that he’s re-aggravated it, especially after a week off.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    highly doubt it.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    no. gay will.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    no. it would be burns, sutton, hilton and gay in dime.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    have you ever had a hammy problem? sometimes they linger.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    thats not it. i rewatched it. he comes up fine. same with the dragon ball z one, the bike one and the hide and seek.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    how much have you had to drink? jesse has had 1 good game this season, and the best of his career. he is inconsistent. prior to macdonald getting hurt THIS time. he was stellar. jesse cannot make combat catches.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    theyve got at least 7 outside of haden and jj.

    mitchell, davis, golden
    hilton, burns, sutton, gay

  • Michael Mosgrove

    swap mitchell and davis and they will both improve.
    regardless mitchell wont be here next year.
    bryants case will depend if they draft a decent receiver.
    davis needs to move to fs.
    dupree needs a big step forward. they wont pick up his option at this point.
    vance has had bad luck.

  • Lambert58

    Yes, but the one I had was pretty mild. Didn’t feel like it at the time, but I bounced back quick from it at a more advanced age. – Then again, I wasn’t playing in the NFL.

  • John

    We might even need Hunter or DHB to come out of the witness protection program and have several catches.

  • Cullen James Riley

    “neither player recevbived a game stauys designation” you havin’ a stroke, Dave? Hahaa. Thanks for the update brother! I’m more concerned about Smith-Schuster missing this game, than I am about Joe Haden.

  • Matt Manzo

    Do you think there’s a chance that they add Haden into the rotation that we saw the last two weeks? Sensi/Cam/Haden.
    I’m not even sure that Sensi will play before Haden. Seems like he had a rough week of practice.

  • Matt Manzo

    I’d love to see JJ show up Gronk!

  • John Pennington

    I agree add Burns who cant tackle and only goes thru the motions.

  • Rocksolid20

    Why we have played most of the season without McDonald

  • Sdale

    Ahh, yep. Forgot about Hilton.

  • Jim Foles

    or the browns and qb’s

  • CountryClub

    Being without one or the other is/has been fine. Being without both would be a problem.

  • Aj Gentile

    So if Coty and Haden both don’t play, is gay the back up on the outside?

  • capehouse

    Oh yeah totally. Just saying there’s a chance it could work out. You remember Avoid Mays at CB? He’s playing MLB for the Steelers right now.

  • Steve Johnson

    Nice Sarcasm; however, just because the team is 11-2 doesn’t mean one cannot be objective. Better yet, we as fans can be impartial as well. McDonald is another dud F/A TE pickup signed by Kevin Colbert.

    Yes, this is team has excelled over the course of the season despite their woes once again in the secondary, poor tackling, miscommunication on Defense, poor QB/WR play in the beginning of the season. This has been one crazy season and they consistently finds ways to wins.

    11-2 is great, but the last team standing in February would even be better.

  • Steve Johnson

    LOL! Man, I’m so sick of watching this dude every Sunday get taking completely out of the play. What does the Coaching staff see in him?

    T.J. Watt is a rookie and already looks twice as better as Dupree.

  • Steve Johnson

    Man, I sure hope you’re right about Mitchell, he is dead weight. I still think the Steelers will draft two WR’s late in the draft as well. Time to say goodbye to Bryant, I just hope they don’t trade him to a team in the AFC.

  • Ichabod

    “There aren’t many good options” …are you aware you added an “m” to that statement??

  • LucasY59

    nope, only gonna rotate 2 players if they rotate at all, If Haden can play at all he is way ahead of Sensabaugh (and Sutton coming in after Coty struggles 2 weeks in a row probably means that he wont be seeing snaps again unless Joe or Cam cant play)

  • LucasY59

    the more the merrier IMO (since Bill isnt going to let the main guys have a big impact)

  • capehouse

    He’s got a nice shoulder dip that works well.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    he’s not dead weight. hes just been in the wrong slot, hes been injured and hes tried to cover for burns and davis. that being said with his cap hit relatively low. if i remember right it was 916,000. i could be wrong.

    it is HIGHLY likely they go high in safety and have that draft pick compete with mitchell, golden and danger zone.

    dangerzone needs to take another step forward but hasnt been given the opportunities this year that he got last year.

    golden should be let go as does wilcox.
    wilcox doesnt look special. not bad mostly but just a guy.

    hagen isnt going to compete for a 53 spot, maybe a practice squad spot but not a 53.

  • Matt Manzo

    Thats what I’m hoping!

  • NW86

    I understand that, but if one were being objective, I think he would understand that you can’t build a team in this league by hand picking the very best player at every position. I also think he would realize that while those players aren’t the best, they are at least working hard together (except maybe Martavis) and playing decent enough to not make the team lose.

    I just tire of seeing “fans” gripe and bitch about this team all the time no matter how well it does. What would this board be like if we were 2-11? Critiquing something occasionally is one thing, but it just seems like many “fans” on this board (I don’t know if you are one) are never happy unless they have something to bitch about.