Pittsburgh Steelers nickel cornerback Mike Hilton returned to the practice field in a limited capacity Thursday, while three players did not participate ahead of this weekend’s monster clash with the Baltimore Ravens.
One of the league’s top slot corners, Hilton (shoulder) missed last week’s win over the Tennessee Titans and had been leading the Steelers with 27 tackles this season. He also has three sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery. He did not practice Wednesday.
Linebacker Ulysees Gilbert (back), safety Jordan Dangerfield (quadricep) and nose tackle Chris Wormley (knee) were all held out of practice Thursday.
Dangerfield and Wormley did not practice Wednesday either, while Gilbert is listed on the injury report for the first time this week.
Gilbert’s ailment is especially significant considering the Steelers’ lack of depth since losing starting inside linebacker Devin Bush for the year with a torn ACL.
Dangerfield and Wormley both suffered their injuries in last week’s Tennessee game.
Fullback Derek Watt continues to battle the hamstring injury he suffered earlier this season against the Houston Texans. Watt was limited on Thursday after practicing fully on Wednesday.
Wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee), tight end Eric Ebron (elbow), center Maurkice Pouncey (elbow), wide receiver Diontae Johnson (toe) and left tackle Alejandro Villanueva (elbow) all missed practice Wednesday, but participated fully on Thursday.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, guard David DeCastro and defensive end Stephon Tuitt were all back on the practice field following their weekly veteran days-off on Wednesday.
As for the Ravens, running back Mark Ingram (ankle), cornerback Jimmy Smith (Achilles) and nose tackle Brandon Williams (NIR) all missed practice on Thursday.
Star cornerback Marlon Humphrey returned to the practice field Thursday after missing Wednesday’s sessions with an illness.
Safety Anthony Levine (abdomen) was limited again Thursday, as guard Tyre Philips (hand) and defensive end Derek Wolfe (concussion/neck) were full practice participants in Baltimore for the second-straight day.