Mike Prisuta of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ official website shared an updated injury report for the team’s upcoming game against the Cleveland Browns:
ILB Stevenson Sylvester (hamstring), SS Shamarko Thomas (ankle)
DE Brett Keisel (foot), OLB: LaMarr Woodley (calf)
OT Kelvin Beachum (hip), OG Ramon Foster (ankle), C Fernando Velasco (knee), TE Heath Miller (non-injury related), WR Emmanuel Sanders (foot)
As it stands, the Steelers look to be in pretty good shape heading into their game against Cleveland. The fact that three of their starting five offensive linemen are “probable” is a fantastic sign, and Foster represents an enormous upgrade over Guy Whimper at left guard. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that Ben Roethlisberger will have Emmanuel Sanders at his disposal either.
The absences of Sylvester and Thomas could sting the special teams units, but Pittsburgh has guys like Robert Golden, Antwon Blake, and Terence Garvin who can help to pick up the slack. In addition, Will Allen did a fine job for Thomas in Pittsburgh’s sub-packages as an extra defensive back last weekend when they played the Lions.
At least to me, Woodley and Keisel remain the biggest question marks for the Steelers. Although both practiced on a limited basis today after they sat out yesterday, they were also “questionable” for last weekend’s game against the Lions as well. If both are unable to play, it will be up to Jarvis Jones and Ziggy Hood to jump into the starting lineup.
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