The Steelers will be without guard David DeCastro and linebacker Stevenson Sylvester this week against the Broncos as they are both coming off surgery, but there is still hope for some other injured players to be on the field Sunday night.
Linebackers James Harrison and Jason Worilds and running backs Rashard Mendenhall and Isaac Redman have not been ruled out by Coach Mike Tomlin.
“They all worked in some capacity yesterday and we are going to leave the door open for all of those men and see where the week takes us,” said Tomlin. “A lot of their availability will depend on how they respond to a workload. We provided a workload for them yesterday. Today is a player’s day off. We’ll see where that takes us as we push into tomorrow and cumulatively throughout the week.”
Safety Robert Golden and cornerback Curtis Brown both practiced on Monday after being injured in the preseason and also could be available on Sunday night.
“Those (two) guys are less likely to miss PT, but some of the other guys I mentioned earlier are closer than others and we’ll just monitor their progress and make the decision as we push forward through the week and base that determination on how they respond to the work,” said Tomlin. “It was good work yesterday.
“I am encouraged by the work of all of those men, particularly the two linebackers who missed quite a bit of time during the preseason in James Harrison and Jason Worilds. I thought A – they were relatively sharp from an assignment standpoint and B – I thought they displayed pretty good overall physical conditioning for a couple of guys that hadn’t logged very much in helmet time in the early portions of the season. I am encouraged by that front.”
The Steelers will be without free safety Ryan Clark, who is unable to play in the high altitude in Denver because of complications he has due to the sickle cell trait.
“That has been our position in the past and will continue to be our position,” said Tomlin of Clark not playing. “Ryan understands that and is supportive of that. I am sure he will be a big supporter of his teammates, not only in the stadium this week but in preparation. He always has been that guy and I expect that to continue.”
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