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Steelers RB Najee Harris against the Baltimore Ravens, Jan. 6, 2024 - Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers continued their practice week with continued positive news. Safety Minkah Fitzpatrick continued to work on the practice field, being a full participant once again, and that continues to make him on pace to play.

Fitzpatrick suffered a left knee injury during the second quarter of the Steelers’ Week 15 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. He returned to practice for the first time last week, and was listed as questionable to play against the Baltimore Ravens, but was ruled inactive just before the game.

Fitzpatrick said after the game that he plans to play against the Bills this week, and Tomlin feels confident that will be the case. Fitzpatrick reiterated that he will play on Thursday.

“Minkah will be limited at the early portions of the week,” Tomlin said. “We’ll let the amount of his participation and the quality of his participation be our guide, but we’re optimistic about his inclusion.”

T.J. Watt did not practice, and is not expected to play, as Tomlin said. Watt is expected to miss multiple weeks with a Grade 2 MCL sprain.

Watt carried a knee brace with him. If the team wins, he will likely have to play with one if he can return during the postseason.

Linebacker Elandon Roberts is dealing with his pectoral injury but was a full participant in practice, which is a solid sign of his continued availability throughout the week.

Running back Najee Harris and left guard Isaac Seumalo returned to practice with knee and shoulder injuries, and they are minor and are expected to play.

Trenton Thompson is out with his neck injury after being placed on injured reserve.


Player Injury Date  Prognosis Roster Status
OLB T.J. Watt Left knee MCL sprain Jan. 6 Multiple weeks Active, OUT vs. BUF
RB Najee Harris Knee Jan. 2 Minor Active, FP on Thurs.
LG Isaac Seumalo Shoulder Jan. 2 Minor Active, FP on Thurs.
ILB Elandon Roberts Left pectoral muscle Dec. 23 Minor Active, FP on Thurs.
FS Minkah Fitzpatrick Left knee Dec. 16 Day to day Active, FP on Thurs.
SS Trenton Thompson Neck stinger Dec. 16 Out for season Injured reserve
SS Keanu Neal Rib Nov. 12 TBD IR (Wk. 15), TBD
ILB Kwon Alexander Achilles Nov. 12 Out for season Injured reserve
ILB Cole Holcomb Left knee surgery Nov. 2 Out for season Injured reserve
DE Cam Heyward Groin Sept. 10 Minor Active
ILB Chapelle Russell II Knee Aug. 11 Out for season Injured reserve
CB Cory Trice Right ACL tear Aug. 1 Out for season Injured reserve
RB Alfonzo Graham Torn right labrum July 29 Out for season Injured reserve
DT Renell Wren Torn right Achilles tendon May 17 Out for season Injured reserve