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Steelers Injury Updates: DeCastro, Pouncey Full Participants; Hilton, Watt Still Out

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Steelers linemen David DeCastro and Maurkice Pouncey returned to full participation in the team’s practice on Thursday, which should put them in line to be able to play when the team visits the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.

DeCastro, who suffered an abdominal strain in the Steelers’ Week 5 win over the Philadelphia Eagles and missed the team’s Week 6 win over the Cleveland Browns, had been a limited participant on Wednesday. 

Pouncey suffered a foot injury against the Eagles and was able to play most of the game against Cleveland before leaving late. He did not practice on Wednesday.

Nickel cornerback Mike Hilton (shoulder) and fullback Derek Watt (hamstring strain) both did not practice for the second straight day, putting their availability for Sunday in doubt. 

Hilton was replaced by Cameron Sutton when he was injured against the Browns. Watt suffered his hamstring strain in Week 3 against the Houston Texans and was replaced by Trey Edmunds, who was recalled from the practice squad to play against the Eagles. Watt returned against Cleveland, but re-aggravated his injury.

The Steelers also got JuJu Smith-Schuster back to practice on Thursday. He’s missed several Wednesday practices in a row with a lingering knee injury, but has not missed any playing time because of it.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was limited in practice due to personal reasons. He did not practice on Wednesday with a “not injury related” designation, as is his usual protocol. It does not appear that Roethlisberger’s status for Sunday is in significant doubt, though a full practice on Friday would allay any fears that he may not play.

Defensive end Stephon Tuitt, who was also given Wednesday off, returned to work Thursday.

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Steelers Injury Updates: Extra Practice Bonus for Joe Haden, Who Was Limited Wednesday

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Steelers cornerback Joe Haden was limited in practice on Wednesday, which would usually lead to a questionable designation or worse for a game scheduled to be played the next day.

But with the team’s game against the Baltimore Ravens pushed back to Sunday by the NFL, Haden will have some more time to get himself game ready.

Haden injured his right during the Steelers win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, but eventually returned to the game. Head coach Mike Tomlin classified his injury among those with “bumps and bruises” but acknowledged that the short week could cause issues for Haden and other players in his situation.

Now with three extra days to prepare, Haden’s outlook for this week’s game seems a lot rosier. If he’s unable to play, second-year backup Justin Layne would be the most likely candidate to replace him.

Wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, who was also injured against the Jaguars, was a full participant in practice on Wednesday after being limited by his foot issue on Tuesday. 

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (quad) and defensive lineman Cam Heyward (ankle) were also each elevated to full practice status.

Still out for the Steelers are running backs Trey Edmunds (hamstring) and Jaylen Samuels (quadricep), who missed practice for the second straight day. They remain doubtful for Sunday’s game, though the extra time will give them an additional chance to return to practice.

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Steelers Injury Updates: CB Joe Haden Didn’t Practice, Putting Status for Thursday in Doubt

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Cornerback Joe Haden did not practice on Tuesday as the Steelers got back to the practice fields at UPMC Rooney Sports Complex in preparation for their Thursday night date with the Baltimore Ravens, one of three injured Steelers unable to suit up, with several more limited.

Haden injured his right knee in the Steelers’ Week 11 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. He returned to the game after the injury, but Mike Tomlin listed him among the players coming out of that one with “bumps and bruises” that were significant enough to potentially cause an availability issue with a short week of practice.

Haden will likely have to be a full participant on Wednesday in order to suit up Thursday night. He was replaced in the base defense against the Jaguars by second-year cornerback Justin Layne.

Also not able to practice for the Steelers on Tuesday were injured running backs Trey Edmunds (hamstring) and Jaylen Samuels (quadriceps). They appear to be on track to miss their second consecutive game.

Wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, who was also banged up against Jacksonville, was a limited participant on Tuesday with a foot issue caused when he stepped on a penalty flag late in the fourth quarter of the game.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (quad) and defensive tackle Cam Heyward (ankle) were also added to the injury list for Tuesday as limited participants. Their availability for Thursday does not appear to be in question.

Linebacker Jayrone Elliott, who missed the Jacksonville game with an illness, was able to fully participate in practice. Center Maurkice Pouncey and guard David DeCastro were given the day off.

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Steelers Say Joe Haden, JuJu Smith-Schuster Wouldn’t Have Practiced Monday in Estimated Report

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The Steelers did not practice on Monday, but with a game just three days away, they’re still required by NFL rules to put out a practice report, so the team released an estimated practice report Monday evening.

If the team had practiced, it would have been a fairly poorly attended affair.

Wide receiver JuJu-Smith Schuster, who hurt his foot stepping on a penalty flag on Sunday and did not return, and cornerback Joe Haden, who did return to play after tweaking his right knee, would also have been had out.


Tight end Zach Gentry (left knee sprain), who has already been ruled out of Thursday’s game and is expected to be placed on injured reserve after suffering an injury in the first quarter on Sunday, obviously would not have practiced.

The Steelers also estimated that running backs Trey Edmunds (hamstring) and Jaylen Samuels (quadriceps) and linebacker Jayrone Elliott (illness), who all missed Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, would not have returned to work Monday.

For good measure, nine Steelers were given “non-injury related” days offs, including quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, center Maurkice Pouncey, guard David DeCastro, tackle Alejandro Villanueva, tight end Eric Ebron, defensive end Stephon Tuitt, defensive lineman Tyson Alualu, defensive lineman Cam Heyward and linebacker Vince Williams.

Hopefully, they’ll be well-rested on Tuesday after their estimated break.

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