The Pittsburgh Steelers will be playing against the Oakland Raiders with a relatively healthy roster according to the following tweet from Mike Prisuta of Steelers.com:
That’s right readers, all of the players not named Markus Wheaton and Richard Gordon who were listed on the “injury report” this week practiced in full today.
None of the players listed below are “questionable” or “doubtful” according to Prisuta, and this is tremendous news for Pittsburgh.
Both of the team’s starting tackles will start this weekend despite their recent injury issues. Gilbert is battling a quadriceps injury which kept him out for almost the entirety of the Steelers’ last game, and Beachum is dealing with a problem with his ribs. Although left guard Ramon Foster was on the “injury report” with an injured thumb as well, he is listed as “probable” as well.
Wheaton’s absence will not be an enormous deal since it looks like Jerricho Cotchery’s abdominal injury is not serious, and the presence of Heath Miller is always an enormous plus.
The Steelers’ front seven is in good shape as well with the return of Jarvis Jones and will remain stout with LaMarr Woodley, Brett Keisel, Lawrence Timmons, and Cameron Heyward set to start once again this weekend.
Overall, Pittsburgh is probably in their “best shape” when it has come to entering a game healthy this season since their opening game. I just hope that the wealth of healthy players translates to a third straight win on Sunday for the Steelers.
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