On Friday the Pittsburgh Steelers held their third and closing observe of the week in preparation of Sunday’s recreation in opposition to the Bengals. After observe the crew issued an up to date participation/damage report, which signifies that assistant offensive line coach Adrian Klemm will “not be obtainable to teach on Sunday” as a consequence of sickness.
On Friday Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin additionally suggested that rookie operating again Anthony McFarland and rookie offensive lineman Kevin Dotson are each “questionable” for Sunday as a consequence of unspecified sicknesses.
“Clearly, being within the heightened circumstance that we’re when it comes to the intensive protocol, we’re exercising all the correct precautions and never permitting these guys to come back to work regardless that it’s an sickness,” stated Tomlin, referring to McFarland and Dotson, particularly.
Ben Roethlisberger Anticipated to Return Saturday
A lot of the different injury- and illness-related information on Friday was optimistic, nevertheless. For one, Tomlin stated he expects quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to come back off of the COVID-19 Reserve checklist on Saturday together with inside linebacker Vince Williams, offensive lineman Jerald Hawkins and operating again Jaylen Samuels, all of whom have been positioned on the checklist on Tuesday.
“We do count on him to come back off,” stated Tomlin, referring to Roethlisberger. “Now we have that expectation as a result of this week has gone in line with plan when it comes to his place within the process.”
Assuming Roethlisberger is again on Saturday, Tomlin stated the crew would “have an prolonged walkthrough tomorrow simply to present him an in-helmet perspective on among the situational issues, to place the ending touches on our work, to permit him to work with the eligibles that he’ll work with in-game—to have any needed casual conversations that permit us to have a degree of consolation as we push into play.”
In the meantime, with Williams sidelined all week, recently-acquired inside linebacker Avery Williamson bought loads of snaps in observe. How a lot he performs on Sunday will rely on whether or not Williams comes off the COVID-19 checklist on Saturday, with Robert Spillane’s degree of play additionally maybe enjoying a job.
“I anticipate Vince being obtainable,” stated Tomlin on Friday. “I’m extraordinarily snug in his physique of labor and degree of preparedness that he can work a lot the identical as Ben, so Avery’s alternatives will probably be based mostly on the play of the others.”
Tyson Alualu and Mike Hilton
As for Pittsburgh’s injured gamers, Tomlin stated he count on to have the companies of defensive lineman Tyson Alualu on Sunday, however slot cornerback Mike Hilton is extra of a 50/50 proposition, as is Alualu’s backup, Isaiah Buggs, who’s questionable with an ankle damage.
“You may characterize Mike as questionable,” supplied Tomlin. “He’s been a restricted participant all week. We’ll proceed to watch his progress within the final 48 hours towards recreation time. I feel that Tyson is in a greater place. His participation was a full one at the moment. I’ve little or no reservations concerning his skills or availability, so he’s a go.”
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