PITTSBURGH — The Steelers should be getting the bulk of their injured players back for practice this week, head coach Mike Tomlin announced on Tuesday.
Tomlin said that he expects center Kendrick Green (right knee), outside linebacker Alex Highsmith (groin), wide receiver Diontae Johnson (right knee), wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (ribs) and outside linebacker T.J. Watt (groin) all to practice this week.
He did caution that Smith-Schuster may be limited in practice on Wednesday.
Right tackle Chukwuma Okorafor (concussion) remains in the NFL’s protocol. His status is unknown. Tomlin said that veteran Joe Haeg will start in place of Okorafor if he is unable to play. Haeg filled in for Okorafor after his injury late in the third quarter on Sunday.
Without Johnson and Smith-Schuster out, the Steelers used running back Najee Harris heavily in the receiving game. He set a Steelers record with 14 catches by a running back.
Highsmith and Watt were replaced by Melvin Ingram and Jamir Jones, but the Steelers had their 75-game streak of recording at least one sack snapped by the Bengals.