Linebacker Stevenson Sylvester
(hamstring) and safety Shamarko Thomas
(high ankle) are considered doubtful for Sunday’s game, but beyond those two the Steelers should have a full complement of players when they take on the Browns in Cleveland. That is good news after three starters, linebacker LaMarr Woodley
, guard Ramon Foster
and defensive end Brett Keisel
missed last week's game against the Lions.
“We anticipate all other ones to have a legitimate opportunity to participate in the game,” said Coach Mike Tomlin. “The preparation may be limited in some way in the early portions of the week.”
Keisel (foot), Foster (ankle), Woodley (calf), Fernando Velasco
(knee), and Kelvin Beachum
(hip) are all expected to play this week and will be needed in a key AFC North game.
“We will monitor those guys, do what is appropriate in terms of preparation and their participation in the early portions of the week, but we anticipate those guys being able to show up and play for us this weekend,” said Tomlin.
In addition receiver Emmanuel Sanders
, who left Sunday’s game against the Lions with a foot injury, will be limited in practice during the week, but Tomlin said they are “encouraged by the state of his health.”
Tomlin added that tight end Matt Spaeth
, who is on the reserve/injured designated for return list, is being evaluated for the Lisfranc injury he suffered that has forced him to miss the first 10 games of the season.
“We’ll take a look at where he is and let that be our guide in terms of his participation and coming back to practice this week,” said Tomlin. “We are at that point where it is a legitimate discussion, but we’ll see what he looks like from a rehabilitation standpoint before we make that decision.”
The team has 21 days to decide to activate him once he returns to practice.