Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jaylen Warren missed his second consecutive practice with injury on Friday as the team continued its preparations for its Week 12 Monday Night Football game against the Indianapolis Colts.
Warren, who suffered a hamstring injury early in the Steelers’ Week 11 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, did not practice in either of the team’s first two regular sessions of the week. Benny Snell should be expected to assume Warren’s role as backup to starting running back Najee Harris, though when Snell had that role in 2021, he did not get nearly Warren’s regular amount of workload.
Cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon missed his fifth straight practice and appears unlikely to return from his hamstring injury in time to play this week. Levi Wallace and Cam Sutton should be expected to continue starting at outside cornerback, with Art Maulet working in the slot against the Colts.
Tight end Connor Heyward missed practice on Friday with an illness. His status for Monday’s game will likely be depended on whether or not he can practice on Saturday.
Inside linebacker Robert Spillane was limited on Friday with a back injury and right guard James Daniels was limited with a groin injury. Both of those players were new to the injury report on Friday.
Two players saw their participation status increase on Friday. Wide receiver Miles Boykin returned from an oblique injury suffered against the Bengals. Mason Cole returned from the mid-foot injury that has bothered him all season, but forced him from the Cincinnati game. Both Boykin and Cole were limited after missing Thursday’s practice.
Three players that were given Thursday’s practice off — defensive tackles Cam Heyward and Larry Ogunjobi and outside linebacker T.J. Watt — returned to work on Friday.
The Steelers have three players on the short-term injured reserve. Defensive end DeMarvin Leal (right knee meniscus) is eligible to be activated. Kicker Chris Boswell (right groin) and cornerback William Jackson III (back) must miss at least two more games.