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Other than one player not practicing due to illness, the only players missing for the Steelers on Thursday were those on the Reserve/COVID-19 List
The Pittsburgh Steelers are continuing with their preparation to face the Cincinnati Bengals this Sunday. In the second injury report of the week courtesy of the Steelers PR department, no players missed practice due to injury while one was limited.
It should be noted that any player currently on the Steelers Reserve/COVID-19 List does not appear on the teams injury report.
The only player for the Steelers to completely miss Thursday’s practice was running back Anthony McFarland Jr. due to an illness. The exact nature of McFarland‘s illness is not known at this time, but the Steelers will need to be cautious due to COVID-19 protocols.
Both Mike Hilton and Derek Watt were full participants on Wednesday as they look to return for Week 10. Watt practiced every day last week and was not listed on the injury report but did not play against the Cowboys. Hilton was limited in practice all of Week 9 and was doubtful going into the game. While Watt was a full participant for the second day in a row, Mike Hilton is moving in the wrong direction as he was limited in practice on Thursday.
Tyson Alualu missed the Steelers Week 9 game with a sprained MCL, but was able to return to practice on Wednesday in a limited fashion. Alualu was limited again on Thursday, so his availability for Sunday’s game is very much in question.
There were two players who did not participate in practice due to injury on Wednesday. The first was wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster who has yet to practice on Wednesday during the 2020 season. Smith-Schuster is listed with a knee injury, but missing Wednesday has yet to keep him out of any games in 2020. As expected, Smith-Schuster returned to practice Thursday as a full participant.
The other player who did not practice for the Steelers on Wednesday was defensive lineman Isaiah Buggs with an ankle injury. On Thursday, Buggs returned to practice as a limited participant. In Week 9, Buggs took the same path throughout the week as he did not practice last Wednesday and was limited last Thursday. Ultimately, Buggs was a full participant last Friday and played in Week 9. Hopefully, the pattern can continue for Buggs’ availability this week.
The five veterans who were given the day off on Wednesday by Coach Tomlin all returned to practice on Thursday. They were Maurkice Pouncey, David DeCastro, Alejandro Villanueva, Eric Ebron, and Stephon Tuitt.
Cincinnati Bengals Participation/Injury Report, Week 10
Thursday, November 12
CB Mackensie Alexander (Illness) – DNP
DT Geno Atkins (NIR) – DNP
OT Bobby Hart (Knee) – DNP
HB Joe Mixon (Foot) – DNP
CB Darius Phillips (Groin) – DNP
OT Jonah Williams (Stinger) – Limited
C Trey Hopkins (Concussion) – Full
HB Samaje Perine (Knee) – Full
WR John Ross (Foot) – Limited
CB LeShaun Sims (Concussion) – Limited
For a recap of the injury report, check out the BTSC Steelers Injury Update podcast below: