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Week 3 Injury Report (Bears)

Posted Sep 22, 2017

A look at player injuries and practice participation for Week 3.

The Steelers hit the road this Sunday to take on the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field, and will do so without two starters.

Marcus Gilbert and T.J. Watt have both been ruled out for the game.

Gilbert didn't practice this week after suffering a hamstring injury against the Vikings, and also was sidelined with an illness. With him out, the versatile Chris Hubbard will likely be called upon to step in at right tackle.

"I'm extremely confident in his abilities, whether it's the multiple offensive line positions that he plays, right and left tackle," said Coach Mike Tomlin. "He's also center-capable. You've seen that already this preseason, and obviously the work that he does for us as a situational tight end, it's just good to have a versatile guy like Hubb available to us."

Last week against the Vikings Hubbard stepped in at left tackle for Alejandro Villanueva, who was battling an illness, and when Gilbert injured his hamstring later in the game, he took the snaps at right tackle.

"I am going to prepare," said Hubbard. "They have big guys up front, they are good on the edge. We have to be ready for them. I get myself prepared every week, it doesn't matter if it's left or right."

Earlier this week Watt said he was taking his groin injury "day-by-day," and that certainly has been the case.

Watt was injured against the Vikings last week, leaving the game and not returning.

"It's never fun to leave a football game when you finally feel like you get into a groove after one game," said Watt. "I felt like I was starting to find my groove in the season. To leave the game early (stunk), but at the same time I want to be smart with my body."

He was limited in practice on Wednesday, held out completely on Thursday and Friday.

With Watt out, Anthony Chickillo should step in as the starter. Last week Chickillo came in when Watt left the game, and responded with another strong effort.

"Playing outside linebacker requires some athletic ability and rush ability and Chick has got that," said defensive coordinator Keith Butler. "He realized he had to lose some weight when he got here so he can get the mobility to play the position and he's done what he needs to get himself into shape to play. He knew that when he got here, what he had to do to be able to get on the field. He's done whatever he's needed to do and he's lost weight.

"He's learned coverages, he's learned the position and he does not make a whole lot of mental mistakes. That's helped him out along the way."

In addition to the two being ruled out, Stephon Tuitt is listed as questionable with a biceps injury and Jerald Hawkins is also questionable with a knee injury that sidelined him the first two games of the season.

"We're going to have to see tomorrow how it is and make our final decision," said Tuitt. "We made great progress. We are going to keep it that way. Keep the positivity. We are going to just keep pushing it forward."

Here is the current injury report for the Steelers' Week 3 game at Chicago.

Game Status

OUT
T Marcus Gilbert (Hamstring, Illness)
LB T.J. Watt (Groin)
OUT
LB Nick Kwiatkoswki (Chest)
DOUBTFUL
No players listed
DOUBTFUL
OL Josh Sitton (Ribs)
QUESTIONABLE
T Jerald Hawkins (Knee)
DE Stephon Tuitt (Biceps)
QUESTIONABLE
OL Tom Compton (Hip)

Friday, September 22, 2017

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
T Marcus Gilbert (Hamstring, Illness)
LB T.J. Watt (Groin)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
LB Nick Kwiatkowski (Chest)
OL Josh Sitton (Ribs)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION
T Jerald Hawkins (Knee)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION
OL Tom Compton (Hip)
FULL PARTICIPATION
LB Bud Dupree (Shoulder)
WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (Illness)
TE Jesse James (Ankle)
C Maurkice Pouncey (Illness)
QB Ben Roethlisberger (Not Injury Related)
DE Stephon Tuitt (Biceps)
S J.J. WIlcox (Concussion)
FULL PARTICIPATION
DL Akiem Hicks (Shoulder)
RB Jordan Howard (Shoulder)
WR Kendall Wright (Shoulder)
TE Zach Miller (Not Injury Related)

Thursday, September 21, 2017

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
T Marcus Gilbert (Hamstring, Illness)
LB T.J. Watt (Groin)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
LB Nick Kwiatkowski (Chest)
TE Zach Miller (Not Injury Related)
OL Josh Sitton (Ribs)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION
TE Jesse James (Ankle)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION
OL Tom Compton (Hip)
DL Akiem Hicks (Shoulder)
RB Jordan Howard (Shoulder)
WR Kendall Wright (Shoulder)
FULL PARTICIPATION
LB Bud Dupree (Shoulder)
T Jerald Hawkins (Knee)
WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (Illness)
C Maurkice Pouncey (Illness)
QB Ben Roethlisberger (Not Injury Related)
DE Stephon Tuitt (Biceps)
S J.J. Wilcox (Concussion)
FULL PARTICIPATION
DB Prince Amukamara (Ankle)
RB Benny Cunningham (Ankle)
OL Kyle Long (Ankle)
QB Mark Sanchez (Neck)

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
T Marcus Gilbert (Hamstring)
WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (Illness)
TE Jesse James (Ankle)
C Maurkice Pouncey (Illness)
QB Ben Roethlisberger (Not Injury Related)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
OL Tom Compton (Hip)
LB Nick Kwiatkowski (Pectoral)
QB Mark Sanchez (Neck)
OL Josh Sitton (Rib)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION
LB Bud Dupree (Shoulder)
DE Stephon Tuitt (Biceps)
LB T.J. Watt (Groin)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION
DB Prince Amukamara (Ankle)
RB Benny Cunningham (Ankle)
DL Akiem Hicks (Shoulder)
RB Jordan Howard (Shoulder)
OL Kyle Long (Ankle)
WR Kendall Wright (Shoulder)
FULL PARTICIPATION
T Jerald Hawkins (Knee)
S J.J. Wilcox (Concussion)
FULL PARTICIPATION
WR Markus Wheaton (Finger)
DB Deon Bush (Hamstring)

Injury Report

Name Practice Status Game Status
Bryant, Martavis FP -
Haden, Joe LP questionable
Matakevich, Tyler FP -
McDonald, Vance DNP Out
Pouncey, Maurkice FP -
Sensabaugh, Coty FP questionable
Smith-Schuster, JuJu LP questionable
Tuitt, Stephon FP -

Practice Status
DNP
= Did not participate in practice
LP
= Limited Participation in Practice - Less than 100% of a player's normal repetitions
FP
= Full Participation - 100% of a player's normal repetitions
Out
= Player will not play
(-)
= Not Listed = No practice status available

Game Status
Out
= Player will not play
Doubtful
= Player is unlikely to play
Questionable
= Player is not certain to play
(-)
= Not Listed - No game status available