Steelers running back James Conner (quadricep) and guard Kevin Dotson (shoulder) were full participant in practice Wednesday after both missing last week’s loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.
Conner initially injured the quad in the Steelers’ Week 14 loss in Buffalo, but is expected to make his return this weekend when Pittsburgh hosts the Indianapolis Colts. He was questionable after being limited in practice on Friday and Saturday of last week, but was downgraded on game day.
Dotson also suffered his injure against the Bills, and did not practice at all last week. His full participation Wednesday is an encouraging sign considering the Steelers are already thin along the offensive line.
Fullback Derek Watt was also a full participant Wednesday, and appears to be alright after having left Monday night’s game with a concussion following a scary hit in punt coverage.
Tight end Eric Ebron (back) was the most notable Steeler that did not practice due to health Wednesday. Ebron also left the Bengals game after taking hard hit on an errant pass in the second half.
Already hampered by depth issues at linebacker, the Marcus Allen (stinger), Ulysees Gilbert III (ankle) and Ola Adeniyi all did not participate in practice Wednesday for the Steelers. Pittsburgh at least got some positive news with regards to their line backing core, as starter Vince Williams was elevated off the Reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday.
Last, but certainly not least, defensive end Stephon Tuitt did not practice either, as he deals with a back injury.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, center Maurkice Pouncry and guard David DeCastro had their customary veteran’s day off Wednesday.