Four Steelers players returned to practice on Thursday as the team continued its preparations for its regular season finale against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, while kicker Chris Boswell was absent from practice for the first time this week.
Defensive end Stephon Tuitt returned from a back injury that caused him to miss Wednesday’s practice and defensive lineman Tyson Alualu returned from an ankle issue that held him out of the team’s first practice session of the week.
Defensive lineman Cam Heyward and right guard David DeCastro also returned to practice after being given Wednesday off.
Boswell, who missed the team’s Week 16 win over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday with a groin injury, was a full participant in practice on Wednesday, but did not practice on Thursday.
If Boswell is unable to play on Sunday, he will likely once again be replaced by practice squad kicker Matthew Wright, who is 1 for 1 with six extra points in two games replacing Boswell this season.
Wright being one of two players available to be recalled from the practice squad could put a damper on plans for the Steelers to sit a number of veteran starters for the mostly meaningless Week 17 game against the Browns.
Safety Terrell Edmunds missed his second consecutive practice session with a shoulder injury, the only other Steelers player held out for medical reasons.
Center Maurkice Pouncey, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and outside linebacker T.J. Watt were once again given the day off.