Two of the Steelers most integral gamers can be accessible when Pittsburgh hosts the rival Ravens on Sunday. Reigning Defensive Player of the Year T.J. Watt and receiver Diontae Johnson now not have harm designations after each gamers have been initially listed as questionable for Sunday’s recreation.
Watt, who’s coping with a rib harm, was restricted throughout Wednesday’s and Friday’s practices however didn’t apply Thursday. Johnson additionally did not apply Wednesday and was restricted throughout Pittsburgh’s different two practices as he works via a hip harm.
Watt returned to motion in Week 10 after lacking the earlier seven video games with accidents. Pittsburgh is 4-1 in video games with Watt and 1-6 in video games with out him this season. Watt performed in a season-high 87% of the Steelers’ defensive snaps throughout final Sunday’s win over Atlanta, a win that propelled the Steelers to a 5-7 mark after a 2-6 begin.
A Pro Bowler final season, Johnson is presently first on the Steelers in catches (61) and second in receiving yards (565). He had but to catch a landing this season, nevertheless, as he continues to develop a rapport with rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett.
The Steelers have additionally upgraded backup linebacker Malik Reed’s standing for Sunday’s recreation. Reed, who crammed in as a starter whereas Watt was on injured reserve, was a full apply participant by week’s finish after not practising Wednesday with a again harm.