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Steelers Injury Updates: Ahkello Witherspoon Misses Second-Straight Practice

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Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon did not participate in practice for the second-straight day Wednesday, as he continues to battle a hamstring injury.

Witherspoon has started each of the Steelers’ first three games, and has recorded 15 combined tackles, two passes defended and an interception.

Witherspoon told Steelers Now after the game in Cleveland that his hamstring injury was minor, but that appears not to have been the case.

While Pittsburgh would still have Cameron Sutton and Levi Wallace available if Witherspoon is unable to go, James Pierre would theoretically be the next outside cornerback in line.

It’s more likely that Sutton plays exclusively outside and Art Maulet and Tre Norwood see increased playing time as slot corners in sub packages.

The Steelers did get some positive news on the injury front Wednesday, as safety Minkah Fitzpatrick (concussion) was a full practice participant once again. Punter Pressley Harvin III (left hip) also practiced fully for the second consecutive day. The Steelers signed veteran Jordan Berry to their practice squad as a contingency on Tuesday. Guard Kevin Dotson (ankle) was also full-go once again.

Lastly, defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi received a veteran’s day off Wednesday.

New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson (knee) was a full participant for the second consecutive day. Head coach Robert Saleh said on Wednesday that he anticipates that Wilson will start at quarterback as long as he doesn’t have any setbacks this week.

Defensive lineman John Franklin-Myers (toe) was a full participant on Thursday after being limited on Wednesday. Cornerback Brandin Echols was limited for the second straight day with a hamstring issue. Linebacker Quincy Williams (ankle) missed his second consecutive practice.

Both teams will have their final practice session of the week on Friday, after which they will give official injury designations for Sunday’s game which kicks off at 1 p.m. at Acrisure Stadium.

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