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Steelers Injury Updates: Pat Freiermuth Returns to Practice; Joe Haden Still Out

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Cornerback Joe Haden did not return to Steelers practice as hoped on Wednesday, but tight end Pat Freiermuth was a full participant in his return from the concussion protocol.


Haden suffered a left mid-foot sprain in the team’s tie with the Detroit Lions in Week 10 and has missed the team’s last two games. Head coach Mike Tomlin said on Tuesday that he is hopeful that Haden will be able to return to practice this week. James
Pierre has replaced Haden since he’s been out.


Freiermuth was hit in the head late against the Bengals in Week 12 and started the week in the concussion protocol, but was a full participant on Wednesday.

Inside linebacker Robert Spillane, who suffered a sprained knee against the Bengals, did not practice and is not expected to return this week.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, guard Trai Turner (coaches decision) and tackle Zach Banner (illness) also did not practice on Wednesday.

Long snapper Christian Kuntz was held out while dealing with a hip injury. Wide receiver Chase Claypool was limited by a toe injury.

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