The Pittsburgh Steelers Wednesday practice has now concluded as they prepare to host the New England Patriots on Sunday at Heinz Field and their first injury report of Week 7 shows that several players sat out the team’s first session.
As expected, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (knee), defensive end Cameron Heyward (hamstring) and center/guard Cody Wallace (knee) did not practice on Wednesday and won’t the remainder of the week. On Tuesday, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin ruled all three of those players out for Sunday’s game against the Patriots.
Also sitting out Wednesday’s practice were tackle Marcus Gilbert (ankle), wide receiver Markus Wheaton (shoulder), safety Shamarko Thomas (groin) and running back DeAngelo Williams (knee). Gilbert has missed the last two games and it’s starting to look like he’ll miss a third in a row Sunday. If he misses Sunday, Chris Hubbard will start again at right tackle.
Wheaton and Thomas are likely heading for another week on the inactive list as well. Both missed Sundays game against the Miami Dolphins with their injuries. As for Williams, as long as he can resume practicing on Thursday, he should be ready to play by Sunday. He’s failed to practice the last several Wednesdays.
Limited in practice on Wednesday were safety Robert Golden (foot), safety Mike Mitchell (knee) and linebacker Ryan Shazier (knee). The two safeties were banged up in Sunday’s game but both were able to finish. As for Shazier, he hasn’t played since he injured his knee in the Week 3 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.