The Steelers continued their preparations for Sunday’s recreation in opposition to the Cincinnati Bengals, however made some injury-related adjustments from the day earlier than.
Receiver Dionte Johnson, who injured his shoulder within the preseason finale in opposition to the Detroit Lions, was restricted for a second straight day with a shoulder damage and cramps added Thursday. Linebacker Marcus Allen was restricted on Wednesday however made a full participation on Thursday.
Proper deal with Chukuma Okorafor didn’t apply Thursday on account of a again drawback, whereas defensive deal with Cameron Hayward additionally didn’t apply.
On Wednesday, Johnson stated he was “doing every part he can to get everybody again,” and fellow receiver Chase Claypool stated he favored what he noticed from Johnson, however the total depth of the place was bleak. He stated he favored it too.
“Dionte is cool,” stated Claypool. Even when one among us falls, we are able to preserve the ball rolling.”
Fellow receiver George Pickens echoed his sentiments about how Johnson appears on the sphere.
“He appeared fairly good,” Pickens stated. “He all the time appears good. Most likely 99% of the time, that’s the reply.”
As talked about at coach Mike Tomlin’s press convention on Tuesday, linebacker Alex Highsmith shouldn’t be on this week’s damage report as a result of he missed the whole preseason with a rib damage. He stated he feels significantly better and is worked up for Sunday’s opener in opposition to the Bengals.
“I simply instructed[coach Tomlin]I really feel good,” Highsmith stated. “This week I practiced with pads for the primary time in a very long time. I really feel good. I’ve contacts this week.
Highsmith stated that in his absence from preseason, he used the time to work on the psychological facet of the sport.
“I feel it’s a giant factor for me that we developed the IQ for video games final month,” Highsmith stated. I hate not having the ability to do it. I needed to take heed to the medical doctors and do what they stated.”
“I really feel good now, my legs are recent and I’m trying ahead to serving to this group win on Sunday.”