Steelers' Roethlisberger, Haden, DeCastro, Heyward sit out practice Wednesday
Four players who have combined for 12 Pro Bowl appearances were among those who did not practice for the Pittsburgh Steelers on Wednesday because of injury, including a previously-undisclosed knee injury that sidelined defensive end Cameron Heyward.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (elbow), cornerback Joe Haden (hamstring) and guard David DeCastro (hand fracture) did not participate in what is the first practice of the work week in advance of Sunday’s home opener against the Kansas City Chiefs. Also not practicing was reserve defensive lineman Tyson Alualu (shoulder).
Sitting out a Wednesday practice – particularly for older veterans such as each of the six who did do this week – is typically not necessarily an indication that any will play in a Sunday game. Each has expressed optimism by downplaying the severity of their injuries.
In more positive injury development for the Steelers, tight end Vance McDonald was classified as a full participant. That would mark his first time doing so since July, when he suffered a foot injury early during training camp.
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