PITTSBURGH — Robert Spillane and Carlos Davis were both limited on Wednesday as the Pittsburgh Steelers began their preparations for the Las Vegas Raiders, while two other players were given the day off.
Spillane was limited by the shin injury that held him out of the season opener against Buffalo, when he was injured in pregame warmups. Head coach Mike Tomlin said on Tuesday that was expected, but that Spillane should be available to play on Sunday. Spillane was replaced by rookie Buddy Johnson in the active roster against the Buffalo Bills.
Davis was held back with a knee issue. Rookie Isaiahh Loudermilk was the lone healthy scratch among the defensive line on Sunday and would likely move into a gameday role if Davis is unable to play against the Raiders. Chris Wormley or Isaiah Buggs would be the first option to backup Tyson Alualu at nose tackle, with Loudermilk filling a vacated rotational end spot.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said on Wednesday morning that his elbow feels fine, two years to the day after the injury that cost him most of the 2019 season.
“It feels great,” Roethlisberger said. “It’s probably the only part of my body that felt good when I came out of the game so that’s encouraging and positive.”
He was given Wednesday off, as was wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster.