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Steelers Re-Sign Darrin Hall to Practice Squad as RB Injuries Mount



One day after re-signing him to their practice squad, the Steelers released linebacker Sutton Smith on Thursday, instead re-signing running back Darrin Hall.

Hall, a rookie running back out of Pitt, had just been released from the Steelers’ practice squad on Tuesday, when tight end Kevin Rader and wide receiver Terry Wright were added to the unit.

Smith, the Steelers’ sixth-round pick out of Northern Illinois that was released at the end of the preseason, was added on Wednesday, filling a vacant practice squad spot that had existed since running back Tony Brooks-James was promoted to the active roster on Saturday.

But that same shortage that led to Brooks-James’ promotion reared up again the following week, leading the Steelers to bring Hall back into the fold.

Starter James Conner is still being bothered by an AC joint injury suffered in the waning moments of the Steelers’ Week 8 win over the Miami Dolphins. He did not practice on Wednesday.

Neither did third-string back Benny Snell, Jr., who suffered a knee injury against the Dolphins and is expected to miss another week or two after undergoing surgery to trim his meniscus.

Also held out were fourth-string back Trey Edmunds, who injured his ribs against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 9 and fullback Roosevelt Nix, who re-aggravated a knee injury against the Colts.

Those absences left just Jaylen Samuels and Brooks-James as healthy backs on the roster.

Hall spent time with the Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals and Green Bay Packers this preseason before catching on with the Steelers.

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Steelers Injury Updates: DeCastro and Wisniewski Out for Sunday



Pittsburgh Steelers guards David DeCastro (knee) and Stefen Wisniewski (pectoral muscle) both did not practice Friday and are listed as out for Sunday’s home opener against the Denver Broncos.

DeCastro has been hobbled for several weeks since injuring his knee in training camp and missed last week’s game against the New York Giants, while Wisniewski started Monday night, but left in the fourth quarter. Wisniewski was placed on the reserve/injured list Friday afternoon.

With both sidelined, rookie guard Kevin Dotson looks slated to make his first career start on Sunday.

James Conner (ankle) was a full participant in practice again Friday after leaving the season opener in the second quarter. By getting a feel for his health and receiving treatment, Conner believes he is “definitely trending in the right direction.”

With injuries forcing him to miss six games in 2019, Conner expressed frustration when speaking with the media Friday.

“(The injury) was frustrating, I wanted to be out there. We won the game, that is the most important thing,” he said. “I am not naïve. I know stuff happens. I am trying to do everything I can to stay healthy. I am going to stay in my lane and leave it in God’s hands and everything is going to be all right.”

Wide receivers Diontae Johnson (toe) and JuJu Smith-Schuster (foot), left tackle Alejandro Villanueva (illness) and defensive end Stephon Tuitt (Achilles) were also all full participants in practice on Friday. All had missed practice Wednesday with minor ailments, but have now participated two-straight days and are ready for Sunday.

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Steelers Injury Updates: DeCastro, Wisniewski Still Out; Rest of Team Back in Action



The Steelers got a good bit more healthy on Thursday, as eight of the 10 players that missed Wednesday’s practice returned to work for the team’s second session in preparation for hosting the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

Guards David DeCastro (knee) and Stefen Wisniewski (pectoral muscle) were the lone holdouts. DeCastro has missed several weeks since injuring his knee in a training camp scrimmage. Wisniewski started the Steelers’ season opener against the New York Giants on Monday night in his place, but left the game in the fourth quarter, giving way to rookie Kevin Dotson, who appears to be in line to start in Week 2.

James Conner also left that game with an ankle injury, but was a full participant in practice on Thursday. Head coach Mike Tomlin said on Tuesday that he would “leave the light on” for both Conner and Wisniewski to return to action. Conner’s participation on Thursday portends a positive trend, though Benny Snell was productive while replacing him on Monday and could demand a greater workload going forward.

Wide receivers Diontae Johnson (toe) and JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) and defensive end Stephon Tuitt (Achilles) all finished the game but did not practice on Wednesday with apparently minor ailments and returned to action on Thursday.

Also back at work were left tackle Alejandro Villanueva, who missed Wednesday with an illness, and center Maurkice Pouncey and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who were given Wednesday off.

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10 Steelers Did Not Practice Wednesday, Including Conner, DeCastro, Johnson, Smith-Schuster



Ten Steelers did not practice during Wednesday’s first session of the week as the team begins preparation for the Denver Broncos, which come to Heinz Field on Sunday.

According to the team’s injury report, center Maurkice Pouncey, defensive end Stephon Tuitt, guards David DeCastro and Stefen Wisniewski, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, running back James Conner, tackles Zach Banner and Alejandro Villanueva and wide receivers Diontae Johnson and JuJu Smith-Schuster did not participate in Wednesday’s practice.

Smith-Schuster (knee), Johnson (toe) and Tuitt (Achilles) are suffering from newly revealed injuries. Their status for this Sunday’s game remains unclear.

Banner (right ACL), Conner (ankle) and Wisniewski (pectoral muscle) were injured in Monday night’s win over the New York Giants. Banner is expected to undergo surgery on Friday and miss the rest of the season. Head coach Mike Tomlin said that he would “leave the light on” for Conner and Wisniewski to be able to play this week.

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DeCastro (knee) has been out since the second week of training camp, but Tomlin said on Tuesday that he was hopeful he would be able to practice this week.

Villanueva has an illness. Roethlisberger and Pouncey were listed as coach’s decisions. Roethlisberger has typically taken Wednesday practices off for the last few seasons.

During the Giants game, Benny Snell replaced Conner at running back, Chukwuma Okorafor replaced Banner at right tackle and Kevin Dotson replaced Wisniewski and DeCastro at right guard.

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