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Week 3 Injury Report (Texans)

The Steelers wrapped up preparation for the Texans on Friday afternoon, and there is definitely good news coming out of the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex.

Guard David DeCastro was a full participant in practice for the third straight day and isn't listed on the team's status report, meaning he is good to go. As a matter of fact, there is nobody on the status report.

While Kevin Dotson held down the fort last week against the Denver Broncos, having DeCastro back can do nothing but help the offense.

"He has been practicing," said offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner. "I know from a communication standpoint, his personality, how hard he has worked to put himself in position to get back, it would be awesome. Nothing against young (Kevin) Dotson last week. I thought he played well for his first opportunity to play. But you are talking about an All-Pro type player. So, yes, I have a smile on my face."

While Fichtner has a smile on his face, it definitely adds to the challenges for the Texans.

"Obviously he's coming back from an injury. They've been dealing with some injuries all across the line for a bit, but they're the Pittsburgh Steelers," said Texans defensive end J.J. Watt. "What they're known for is being a tough, physical team. That's who they are, that's what their city is, that's what they're known for. That's what these guys continue to do, and they hold up that legacy and that's who we're expecting when we walk in Heinz Field."

There was more good news on the injury front. JuJu Smith-Schuster, who didn't practice on Wednesday and Thursday, was back to work on Friday after dealing with a knee injury. In addition, Tyson Alualu (knee contusion) and Diontae Johnson (toe) were both full participants for the second straight day.

The full injury report is below.

Pittsburgh Steelers Participation/Injury Report, Week 3

Game Status
N/A

Friday, September 25
G David DeCastro (Knee) - Full
QB Ben Roethlisberger (NIR) - Full
WR Diontae Johnson (Toe) - Full
WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (Knee) - Full
C Maurkice Pouncey (NIR) - Full
DE Stephon Tuitt (NIR) - Full
DE Tyson Alualu (Knee) - Full
DT Cameron Heyward (NIR) - Full
C J.C. Hassenuer (Ankle) - Full

Thursday, September 24
G David DeCastro (Knee) - Full
QB Ben Roethlisberger (NIR) - Full
WR Diontae Johnson (Toe) - Full
WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (Knee) - DNP
C Maurkice Pouncey (NIR) - Full
DE Stephon Tuitt (NIR) - Full
DE Tyson Alualu (Knee) - Full
DT Cameron Heyward (NIR) - Full
C J.C. Hassenuer (Ankle) - Full

Wednesday, September 23
G David DeCastro (Knee) - Full
QB Ben Roethlisberger (NIR) - DNP
WR Diontae Johnson (Toe) - DNP
WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (Knee) - DNP
C Maurkice Pouncey (NIR) - DNP
DE Stephon Tuitt (NIR) - DNP
DE Tyson Alualu (Knee) - DNP
DT Cameron Heyward (NIR) - DNP

Houston Texans Participation/Injury Report, Week 3

Game Status
WR Kenny Stills (Illness) - Questionable
RB Duke Johnson (Ankle) - Questionable
ILB Peter Kalambayi (Hamstring) - Questionable

Friday, September 25
WR Randall Cobb (NIR) - DNP
DE J.J. Watt (Groin/NIR) - DNP
WR Kenny Stills (Illness) - Limited
RB Duke Johnson (Ankle) - Limited
ILB Peter Kalambayi (Hamstring) - Limited
WR Brandin Cooks (Quad) - Full
T Laremy Tunsil (Elbow) - Full
FB Cullen Gillaspia (Concussion) - Full
G/T Tytus Howard (Ankle) - Full

Thursday, September 24
WR Brandin Cooks (Quad) - Limited
RB Duke Johnson (Ankle) - Limited
ILB Peter Kalambayi (Hamstring) - Limited
T Laremy Tunsil (Elbow) - Limited
FB Cullen Gillaspia (Concussion) - Full
DE J.J. Watt (Groin) - Full
G/T Tytus Howard (Ankle) - Full

Wednesday, September 23
WR Brandin Cooks (Quad) - Limited
FB Cullen Gillaspia (Concussion) - Limited
RB Duke Johnson (Ankle) - Limited
ILB Peter Kalambayi (Hamstring) - Limited
T Laremy Tunsil (Elbow) - Limited
DE J.J. Watt (Groin) - Limited
G/T Tytus Howard (Ankle) - Full

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