Tyson Alualu looks ready to go for the Steelers this Sunday
By Edward Hunt
There are a couple of injuries on the Steelers and a few dealing with illness, but the good news is Tyson Alualu looks ready to go.
The Steelers wrapped up their Friday practice with a few injuries and a few dealing will illnesses while some are quarantined for COVID-19. The players who are currently quarantined are Ben Roethlisberger, Vince Williams, Vance McDonald, Jerald Hawkins, and Jaylen Samuels. Although they might have come into contact with the virus, we are hoping that they have a clean bill of health before Sunday.
There are also a couple of players who were on the injury report with illnesses. Anthony McFarland was added yesterday while Kevin Dotson did not practice today ahead of the Bengals game. Also, Mike Hilton and Isaiah Buggs are questionable for the game Sunday. Fortunately, nose tackle Tyson Alualu appears to be on track to play after logging a full practice on Friday. Here’s a look at all the injuries this week:
Steelers Injury Report
Mike Hilton (Shoulder) Questionable
Mike Hilton has been designated as questionable for the game against the Bengals. I have some concerns about him being a full participant on Wednesday and then went the opposite direction and being limited on Thursday and Friday. Maybe a week of rest and he will be ready to play again. The good news is that Cameron Sutton has been good in the slot when called upon.
Isaiah Buggs (Ankle) Questionable
Isaiah Buggs was limited again on Friday and gets the questionable designation. With Tyson Alualu coming back, it is less necessary that Buggs plays on Sunday. The Steelers will still have five healthy defensive linemen going into Sunday. They will have their five starters and Mondeux and Carlos Davis at their disposal.
Anthony MacFarland (Illness) Questionable
McFarland didn’t practice on Thursday and Friday and my assumption is that he has been quarantined. I think the Steelers can roll into Sunday with James Conner, Benny Snell, and Trey Edmunds at running back and be fine from a depth standpoint. It’s nice to have MacFarland, but he is a luxury, not a necessity.
Kevin Dotson (Illness) Questionable
Kevin Dotson was added to the injury report today with an illness and it is unclear if it is covid or if it is the same illness that MacFarland is dealing with or what. The Steelers value the depth he brings at guard and the hope is that he can get healthy by Saturday. David DeCastro and Matt Feiler will still be your starting offensive guards.