PITTSBURGH — Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool missed practice for the second consecutive day with a toe injury, that is week-to-week in nature according to a report by NFL Network.
Claypool suffered the injury late in the Steelers’ Week 9 win over the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football.
If he does not practice in full on Friday, which seems unlikely at this point, he will be unable to play on Sunday when the Steelers host the Detroit Lions.
The Steelers have already been playing without one starting wide receiver in JuJu Smith-Schuster. With Claypool also on the shelf, expect Ray-Ray McCloud and Cody White to play even larger roles in the offense, along with starters Diontae Johnson and James Washington.
Tight end Eric Ebron is nearing a return after missing two games with a hamstring injury. He was a full participant on Thursday after being an estimated partial participant for Wednesday. Ebron’s return combined with Claypool’s potential absence could lead the Steelers to play with two tight ends more frequently against the Lions.
Four Steelers were limited in action on Thursday: defensive lineman Cam Heyward (ankle) and inside linebacker Robert Spillane (ankle), who were also injured against the Bears, and running back Najee Harris (foot) and center Kendrick Green (hamstring), who suffered new ailments. Their status should be monitored for Friday.
Starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger also did not practice on Thursday. Full story on Roethlisberger’s absence: