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Steelers' Burnett questionable; Switzer, Nix, Canaday will play vs. Raiders

Chris Adamski
| Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, 4:27 p.m.
Pittsburgh Steelers's Ryan Switzer eludes Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive back Jordan Whitehead (31) on the kickoff during the first half of an NFL football game Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Pittsburgh Steelers's Ryan Switzer eludes Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive back Jordan Whitehead (31) on the kickoff during the first half of an NFL football game Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Receiver Ryan Switzer has progressed through concussion protocol, and special teams contributors Kameron Canaday and Roosevelt Nix likewise practiced fully all week and also were deemed healthy enough to play for the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.

Veteran safety Morgan Burnett, though, is listed as questionable on the Steelers’ official injury report. But barring a setback, he is expected to play despite a back injury that held him out of last week’s loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.

There is no question that Swizter, Canaday (knee) and Nix (shoulder) will play during Sunday’s game at the Oakland Raiders after each had suffered injuries against the Chargers.

Burnett’s return would allow the Steelers to run their oft-used dime package in which he typically serves as a hybrid linebacker. But even if he can’t go, defensive back Cameron Sutton is assured to return to the lineup after he missed last week’s game because of a personal issue.

Switzer has served as the Steelers’ No. 3 receiver all season and Nix a fullback and special teams stalwart. That the Steelers brought in no other long snappers all week was an indication that Canaday was OK.

Running back James Conner had previously been announced as out because of an ankle injury, and starting right tackle Marcus Gilbert will miss his seventh consecutive game because of a knee injury.

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Chris Adamski is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chris at cadamski@tribweb.com or via Twitter @C_AdamskiTrib.

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