Ahkello Witherspoon is out and fellow defensive backs Terrell Edmunds and Cam Sutton are questionable for the Pittsburgh Steelers in their Week 5 game against the Buffalo Bills this Sunday, the team announced on Friday.
Witherspoon did not practice at all for the second straight week after suffering a hamstring injury in the second half of the Steelers’ Week 3 loss to the Cleveland Browns.
Sutton moved permanently to the outside in Week 4 against the New York Jets to replace Witherspoon. Fellow outside cornerback Levi Wallace was a full participant in practice on Friday after being limited by a foot injury in the first two days of practice this week.
Wallace will start at one outside cornerback position for the Steelers this week. If Sutton is unable to man the other, James Pierre would likely be in line for his first start of the season. Arthur Maulet will play in the slot. Practice squad call-up option Josh Jackson can play at either position.
At safety, Terrell Edmunds is questionable and remains in the NFL concussion protocol. Edmunds left the loss to the Browns late in the first half after taking a hard hit while breaking up a pass. Tre Norwood replaced Edmunds against Cleveland and is in line to do so again if the veteran safety is unable to suit up.
Free safety Minkah Fitzpatrick does not have an injury designation and was a full participant in Friday’s practice. Fitzpatrick did not practice Wednesday and was limited Thursday by a knee injury suffered in the second half against the Browns.
Defensive linemen Cam Heyward (elbow, ankle) and Chris Wormley (ankle) and wide receiver Diontae Johnson (hip) were full participants on Friday and have no injury designation after being limited earlier in the week.
Center Mason Cole (foot) was limited once again on Friday, but does not have an injury designation.
The Bills are expected to be without four starting defensive backs, tight end Dawson Knox and two reserve receivers, at least.