The Pittsburgh Steelers are hopeful that all of their players on the injury and COVID-19 lists will be able to participate in practice this week in advance of the team’s Week 17 Monday Night Football showdown with the Cleveland Browns, head coach Mike Tomlin said on Tuesday.
Tomlin specifically mentioned left guard Kevin Dotson (high ankle sprain), tight end Pat Freiermuth (concussion protocol), center Kendrick Green (calf) and right guard Trai Turner (knee) as players that could return to practice this week, as well as all five players from the 53-man roster that were placed on the COVID-19 reserve list last week.
That group includes inside linebackers Marcus Allen and Devin Bush, tackle Zach Banner, nose tackle Isaiah Buggs and running back Anthony McFarland Jr.
The Steelers have an extra day to prepare for the Browns, with their game coming on Monday night, and Tomlin has pushed back his usual practice schedule with hopes of accommodating the most possible players.
That means the team’s three official practice sessions this week will be Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with Wednesday serving as a bonus day.