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Steelers Injury News: Three Regulars Miss Practice



Steelers LG Isaac Seumalo
Steelers guard Isaac Seumalo against the Tennessee Titans, Nov. 2, 2023 - Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers injury front will have two big injuries to monitor this week at the outside linebacker position, and they will still be without starting quarterback Kenny Pickett, but they should have a better bill of health. Still, three players missed practice on the Steelers injury report on the second day of the week.

Pickett, of course, did not practice as Mitch Trubisky and Mason Rudolph prepare for their clash with Indianapolis. But running back Najee Harris (knee) returned to practice after missing Tuesday’s practie. Of course, Harris did play, and he will likely again.

Linebacker Elandon Roberts is dealing with a lingering groin injury. He played through a week ago against the Patriots and he returned in a limited capacity on Wednesday. Isaac Seumalo is in a similar boat, and missed practice with a shoulder injury for thes second straight day but would seem likely to play on Saturday.

Alex Highsmith and T.J. Watt remain in the NFL concussion protocol, but both got good updates on Wednesday. Highsmith practiced in a limited fashion while Watt took a step to full participation. It’s relatively uncommon for players to go into the concussion protocol and return in the same week, but it has happened, including for a couple of Steelers, Pickett and Chukwuma Okorafor. The two extra days do help.

Wide receiver Diontae Johnson popped up on the injury report and did not practice with a knee injury.

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In other injuries that were limited, Keeanu Benton (oblique), Damontae Kazee (ankle), and Cam Heyward (groin) all continued to work their way back, with Benton still limited. Cornerback James Pierre missed Thursday’s game against the Patriots but practiced fully.

Player Injury Date  Prognosis Roster Status
WR Diontae Johnson Knee Dec. 13 Unknown Active, DNP on Wed.
OLB Alex Highsmith Neck/concussion protocol Dec. 7 Unknown Active, LP on Wed.
OLB T.J. Watt Concussion protocol Dec. 7 Unknown Active, FP on Wed.
RB Najee Harris Right knee Dec. 5 Minor Active, FP on Wed.
DT Keeanu Benton Oblique Dec. 3 Unknown Active, LP on Wed.
LG Isaac Seumalo Shoulder Dec. 3 Minor Active, DNP on Wed.
QB Kenny Pickett R high ankle sprain surgery Dec. 3 2-4 Weeks Active, OUT vs IND
ILB Elandon Roberts Groin Dec. 3 Minor Active, LP on Wed.
SS Damontae Kazee Ankle Dec. 12 Unknown Active, FP on Wed.
DE Cam Heyward Groin Dec. 12 Minor Active, FP on Wed.
CB James Pierre Shoulder Nov. 22 Day to day Active, FP on WEd.
DB Elijah Riley High ankle sprain Nov. 19 Week to week Injured reserve (Wk. 16)
SS Keanu Neal Rib Nov. 12 Week to week Injured reserve (Wk. 15)
ILB Kwon Alexander Achilles Nov. 12 Out for season Injured reserve
ILB Cole Holcomb Left knee surgery Nov. 2 Out for season Injured reserve
LB 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