The Pittsburgh Steelers won their second straight game of the season on Sunday Night Football against the Las Vegas Raiders, but things have been a bit rocky since celebrating their victory. The team airplane was forced to make an emergency landing in Kansas City the morning after the game, and after somewhat of a short week, they will make their way back across the country -- this time to Houston.
Injuries are also starting to mount up. After eight players made their way to the Steelers injury report last week, we already have ten names on the list from Wednesday's practice ahead of Pittsburgh's Week 5 game against the Texans.
Some of these injuries could play a factor when it comes to the game this Sunday, and several players may not be ready to go. Here's what we know so far.
Steelers injury report and updates:
- P Pressley Harvin III (Hamstring)
- WR Allen Robinson (ankle)
- CB Patrick Peterson (NIR)
- DB Miles Killebrew (knee)
- OG Isaac Seumalo (NIR)
- OT Chukwuma Okorafor (elbow)
- OG James Daniels (groin)
- TE Connor Heyward (ankle)
- WR Gunner Olszewski (concussion)
- DT Larry Ogunjobi (foot)
Let's start with the good news. Cornerback Patrick Peterson and guard Isaac Seumalo were once again given the designation of 'Non-Injury Related', which essentially removes two names from the Steelers injury report. We can expect them to play this Sunday. Gunner Olszewski also appears to be on track to suit up after missing the Week 3 game against the Raiders with a concussion.
Last week, Olszewski was the only player ruled out, but now we have new names on the injury report and new injuries to deal with. Perhaps the most concerning is seeing a pair of injuries to the offensive line. Both James Daniels (groin) and Chukwuma Okorafor (elbow) popped up on the injury report this week. These two comprise the right side of the Steelers offensive line, and while things haven't gone particularly well in the early going, it wouldn't be good for a struggling OL to lose two starters at once.
Connor Heyward, Allen Robinson, and Miles Killebrew also popped up on the injury report early this week. If one of these players wasn't able to go, the Steelers could find a way to manage, but it could make their depth pretty thin at these positions. Particularly, the loss of Robinson could make things difficult, as Diontae Johnson remains on IR, and the depth outside of George Pickens and Calvin Austin III is both thin and unproven.
We will keep a watchful eye on the Steelers injury report ahead of Sunday's Week 4 game against the Houston Texans. Let's hope these players can log a full practice by Friday so that they can suit up this week and help keep this mini-winning streak alive.