Four Steelers players were less than full participants for the team’s first preparation session at UPMC Rooney Sports Complex on Wednesday in advance of its Wild Card Round playoff game on Sunday.
Defensive end Tyson Alualu (ankle) and inside linebacker Vince Williams (quadricep) did not practice, while cornerback Steven Nelson was limited with a knee issue.
All three players were injured during the Steelers’ Week 17 loss at Cleveland. Head coach Mike Tomlin minimized all injuries suffered in the game as “nothing significant” afterward.
Nelson played limited reps on Sunday against Cleveland, while fellow starter Joe Haden missed that game and will miss Sunday’s game after testing positive for COVID-19. Cam Sutton moved from Dime corner outside to start in place of Haden and Justin Layne played in place of Nelson when he was sidelined.
If Williams were unable to play, he could be replaced in the starting lineup by Robert Spillane, who resumed practicing Wednesday after spending four weeks on the injured reserve list with a knee injury.
Chris Wormley or Isaiah Buggs would likely fill in for Alualu at nose tackle if he’s unable to suit up Sunday night.
Kicker Chris Boswell, who missed the team’s last two games with a groin injury, was also limited. Safety Terrell Edmunds returned to full participation after missing last Sunday’s game with a shoulder injury.