PITTSBURGH — The Steelers will be without three key players on Sunday in nose tackle Montravius Adams, defensive end Isaiahh Loudermilk, and wide receiver Calvin Austin, all three players confirmed to Steelers Now on Friday.
Adams has been dealing with an ankle injury and has yet to play in a preseason game. He suffered the injury on August 10th during a training camp practice. While Adams is not playing on Sunday, he does feel like he is in the last stages of his recovery at this point.
“It’s starting to feel a lot better,” Adams said. “I feel like I’m at the end of the process. I’m starting to be able to push off and run.”
Adams’ goal is Week 1 in Cincinnati as it stands. The injury has taken a toll on Adams, but he has been a mentor to the younger players while he has been injured. As such, Adams is simply taking it one day at a time before he puts the stamp on that he is back.
“That’s the plan,” Adams said. “Obviously, I’m not going to be ready for this, but I feel like I’ve been doing a good thing. It’s been very frustrating, but they’ve been positive throughout the ride. So, I’m just going to go on the ride and get healthy.”
Loudermilk injured himself during the last day of training camp in Latrobe. He suffered what was called a rib injury at the time, but he calls it a side injury. Loudermilk acknowledged that they are taking it slowly and while he is not fully back, he is targeting Week 1 as well.
“You know, I’ve just been waiting a little bit and resting it,” Loudermilk said. “It’s a little strain on my side. But I’m working back. I’m doing work every day but I’m taking precautions and doing anything further that will hurt me down the line.”
Loudermilk’s rehab has been going great, however. He is on track to play in Week 1 against Cincinnati after a few strong days over the past week. So, that is where Loudermilk has his eyes posted to at this point.
“I mean, the last couple of days have been going great,” Loudermilk said. “So, you know Week 1 for sure, that’s the target.”
Meanwhile, Austin said that he was feeling great earlier in the week, but the injury is still nagging him a bit. Austin has been working off to the side as it stands. He is attacking it day by day, but Mike Tomlin and the medical staff will ultimately decide when the Steelers receiver can return.
“You know, that’s something you’ll have to talk to Coach T about,” Austin said. “I’ve just attacked the treatment plan, and doing everything I can.”
Austin has not yet been able to push off his foot. That is a significant hurdle that he has to clear, but it is part of a structured process to get him back onto the field as soon as possible. Once that happens, he feels that he could be fast-tracked back onto the team.
“Yeah, that’s just part of the process right now,” Austin said. “I’m just going to attack that plan and stick by it. We’ll see where it goes from there. My teammates are out there encouraging me and everything. So, it’s been good.”
The Steelers will be without Arthur Maulet at the very least after he suffered a hamstring injury last week. Alex Highsmith suffered a rib injury in training camp and is not pushing to play, but potentially could if needed.