The Pittsburgh Steelers added two more names to their growing list of injuries, but received two players off the injured reserve list, this week.
Eli Rogers hasn’t practiced for the Pittsburgh Steelers in almost a year. The wide receiver suffered a torn ACL in the team’s playoff loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars last season and has worked all offseason to return to the field. Wednesday, he’ll do so for the first time.
Although there is no confirmation on Rogers’ status, he won’t be able to return to the Steelers this season if he doesn’t practice before their Week 12 matchup. He’s addressed his speedy recovery through social media all summer, so more than likely the team will see him on the practice field this week.
Pittsburgh will also regain rookie outside linebacker, Ola Adeniyi. The undrafted rookie lit up the defensive side of the ball during the preseason. Many began talking about his role during the regular season before a hamstring injury in the team’s final exhibition game landed him on injured reserve.
Adeniyi announced on Twitter that he is returning to practice this week. When asked about it at his weekly press conference, coach Mike Tomlin said, “Well, that’s good,” adding little feedback on the young backer’s progress.
Adeniyi’s return couldn’t come at a better time, as Anthony Chickillo left Sunday’s game with an ankle injury. Tomlin did not provide any detail on the extent of his injury, but if he is forced to miss time, the team could see the undrafted rookie fill his position for the time being.
On the offensive side of the ball, the Steelers lost another right tackle in Week 11. Matt Feiler, who’s been filling in for Marcus Gilbert as he recovers from a knee injury, has been placed on the injury report with a pec issue.
Feiler has been dealing with the problem for some time now, and has yet to miss snaps because of it. However, adding his name to the injury report does leave concern. The Steelers may have to count on third-round pick, Chuk Okorafor if Feiler and Gilbert are absent on Sunday.
Pittsburgh will reevaluate all of their injured players later in the week. With a big game against the Denver Broncos coming in Week 12, they’ll look to have all their players on the field as they try to win their seventh-straight.