Seven players missed practice on Wednesday, including wide receiver Antonio Brown (ankle), linebacker Chris Carter (abdomen), tackles Marcus Gilbert (ankle) and Max Starks (ankle), defensive end Brett Keisel (shoulder), safety Troy Polamalu (calf), and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (right shoulder).
Brown said he is making progress with the ankle, and it helped sitting out the Chiefs game on Monday night.
“We are going to evaluate it to see where I am on Friday and hopefully it will be a great comeback,” said Brown. “I made a lot of progress. It’s getting better from last week. There is a little bit of pain. It’s the game of football. You have to be strong. I am hoping to be ready to get back out there soon.”
Brown said taping the ankle could possibly help it, but he still has to be comfortable making cuts.
“It depends on where the swelling is,” said Brown. “I think tape will do it justice. My game is about running and cutting so I have to make sure the ankle is ready.”
Cornerback Curtis Brown (quadriceps), safety Ryan Clark (concussion) and cornerback Ike Taylor (illness) were all limited in practice, while running back Rashard Mendenhall (Achilles) and linebacker Stevenson Sylvester (hamstring) were full participants.