The Steelers continued their preparation on Thursday for Sunday night’s Wild Card Round game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.
The team practiced outside at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex and at a time of year when being healthy is more important than ever, for the most part the Steelers are a healthy team.
Running back Najee Harris continued to be sidelined with an elbow injury and didn’t practice for the second straight day.
When asked if he had an update on his status following practice, Coach Mike Tomlin said the following:
“I don’t. We’re scheduled to work him tomorrow,” said Tomlin. “I think that’s going to be telling for us.”
Guard Trai Turner also didn’t practice on Thursday, added to the injury report with a knee.
In addition, cornerback Arthur Maulet (concussion), who was limited in practice on Wednesday, was a full participant on Thursday.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (pectoral/right shoulder) was a full participant on Thursday after being limited on Wednesday, while tackle Dan Moore Jr. (ankle) was a full participant for the second straight day.
Related: Receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster returned to practice on Thursday after being placed on the Reserve/Injured List on Oct. 16 with a shoulder injury.
Smith-Schuster still remains on the Reserve/Injured List and the team has a 21-day window to activate him to the 53-man roster, or he remains on the Reserve/Injured List.
Smith-Schuster suffered the shoulder injury in the second quarter of the Steelers Week 5 game against the Denver Broncos and underwent surgery for it.
Smith-Schuster had 15 receptions for 129 yards, an 8.6-yard average, and no receiving touchdowns in five games prior to the injury. He had three carries for nine yards and one rushing touchdown.
The team also activated receiver James Washington from the Reserve/COVID-19 List. Washington was placed on the list on Jan. 8 and didn’t play in the regular season finale against the Ravens.