Three Pittsburgh Steelers defensive players have injury statuses for Sunday’s Week 17 game against the Baltimore Ravens. Defensive back Tre Norwood has been ruled out of the game with a hamstring injury, while inside linebacker Myles Jack and defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi are both questionable.
Jack has been dealing with a groin injury. He played in the team’s Week 16 game against the Las Vegas Raiders after missing Week 15, but played limited reps. Jack did not practice on Wednesday and was limited on Thursday and Friday. Robert Spillane should be expected to have significant playing time against the run-heavy Ravens, regardless of whether or not Jack is able to play on Sunday. Spillane played the entire game against Las Vegas, and Jack and Devin Bush shared reps at the other inside linebacker spot. Jack is the Steelers’ leading tackler, with 100 on the season.
Ogunjobi did not practice on either Wednesday or Thursday with a toe injury. He was limited on Friday. Backup defensive tackle Chris Wormley is out for the season with an ACL injury, so if Ogunjobi can’t play, a combination of nose tackles Montravius Adams and Tyson Alualu and backup ends Isaiahh Loudermilk and DeMarvin Leal will be in line to replace Ogunjobi alongside Cam Heyward in the starting lineup if the veteran can’t suit up.
Ogunjobi has been key to the run defense’s turnaround against the Carolina Panthers and Raiders the last two weeks and would be a significant absence for the Steelers defense.
At defensive back, the Steelers promoted Elijah Riley from the practice squad to the active roster last week to help offset the absence of Terrell Edmunds. Edmunds, who missed the Week 16 game with a hamstring injury, is expected to return this week. Now Riley will instead fill Norwood’s role as the No. 4 safety, backup slot corner and special teams player.