Steelers running back James Conner and guard Kevin Dotson did not practice on Thursday in the team’s first official practice of the week leading up to their Monday Night Football battle with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Conner suffered a quadriceps injury in the Steelers’ Week 14 loss to Buffalo, his first game back in the lineup after missing two games while on the COVID-19 reserve list. He was replaced by Jaylen Samuels and Benny Snell Jr.
Dotson injured his shoulder in the Bills game, after he was inserted into the game as a backup to replace injured starter Matt Feiler. Feiler was placed on the injured reserve list with a pectoral muscle injury.
Backup center J.C. Hassenauer replaced Dotson on Sunday, thought it’s possible that guard/tackle Derwin Gray, who was inactive against the Bills, could play on Monday night if Dotson is unable to.
Joe Haden was listed as a full participant in practice in his attempt to return from a concussion that caused him to the miss the Buffalo game.
Safety Terrell Edmunds and tackle Chukwuma Okorafor, who head coach Mike Tomlin said were dealing with injuries on Tuesday, were both full participants as well.
Safety Sean Davis missed Thursday’s session with an illness, while quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was given the day off, as is customary.