The Bengals added rookie offensive tackle Jake Fisher to the injury report today with a concussion. It's likely the injury occurred in practice as he was a full participant yesterday. Fisher will now enter the league's concussion protocol, meaning he'll likely miss Sunday's game.
As was suspected earlier in the day, Vontaze Burfict wasn't a participant in practice but as it was for a non-injury reason, he was likely getting the day off for rest. It's possible Thursdays will be a day off for him going forward. He also was limited in last Thursday's practice and has been limited in at least one practice a week nearly every week since returning to play in Week 8 after offseason microfracture surgery.
On a positive note, many of the players limited yesterday were full participants in today's practice. That includes Dre Kirkpatrick, Clint Boling, Tyler Eifert and Ryan Hewitt. Additionally, Leon Hall returned to practice for the first time in over a week as a limited participant. With it looking unlikely that George Iloka and Adam Jones will play on Sunday, Hall's importance will be even more significant than usual.
Another positive note is that rookie cornerback Josh Shaw was a full participant for the second day in a row after injuring his back on Sunday in Cleveland. He's looking very likely to be active and getting in on the action against Pittsburgh.
The Steelers are looking very healthy and appear likely to have their entire 53-man roster good to go on Sunday.
|OT Andrew Whitworth||Non-Injury Related||DNP||--|
|CB Leon Hall||Back||DNP||LP|
|CB Adam Jones||Foot||DNP||DNP|
|WR Mario Alford||Non-Injury Related||DNP||DNP|
|CB Dre Kirkpatrick||Knee||LP||FP|
|S George Iloka||Groin||DNP||DNP|
|CB Josh Shaw||Back||FP||FP|
|G Clint Boling||Neck||LP||FP|
|TE Tyler Eifert||Neck||LP||FP|
|HB Ryan Hewitt||Knee||LP||FP|
|OT Jake Fisher||Concussion||--||LP|
|LB Vontaze Burfict||Non-Injury Related||--||DNP|
|WR Sammie Coates||Illness||DNP||FP|
|CB William Gay||Concussion - Coach's Decision||DNP||FP|
|LB James Harrison||Not Injury Related||DNP||--|
|TE Heath Miller||Rib||DNP||LP|
|TE Matt Spaeth||Knee||DNP||LP|
|LB Sean Spence||Hamstring||LP||FP|
|LS Greg Warren||Not Injury Related||DNP||FP|
DNP - Did Not Participate
LP - Limited Participation
FP - Full Participation
Out = Player will not play
Doubtful = 25% chance a player will play
Questionable = 50% chance a player will play
Probable = 75% chance a player will play
(-) = Not Listed - No game status available