By Danny Cox
The Pittsburgh Steelers don’t really have control of their own destiny as far as the playoffs go, but they can help their chances by picking up a victory this weekend. They’re traveling to Lambeau Field to face off with the Green Bay Packers, and a loss would surely eliminate them from playoff contention but a victory may keep them alive.
Luckily for the Steelers, they are extremely healthy right now as they can use every able body to take on a strong Packers’ team that will be without their star quarterback yet again.
There are no players listed as out, doubtful, or questionable listed for the game with the Packers this Sunday so that is extremely good news. Pittsburgh is extraordinarily healthy and they need to play that way.
Two of the Steelers wide receivers are listed as probable with minor issues, but they will be out there and playing as needed.
Emmanuel Sanders has a foot injury that has bothered him a bit, but he practiced fully the entire week. Jerricho Cotchery is suffering with a shoulder problem and he did miss practice on Wednesday, but was in pads and going full for both Thursday and Friday.
Both starting offensive tackles for the Steelers are on the injury report, but they are also listed as probable.
Starting left tackle Kelvin Beachum (knee) and starting right tackle Marcus Gilbert (ankle) are dealing with a few problems each, but they will be ready to protect Ben Roethlisberger against the Packers’ pass rush.
Defensively, the Steelers are just as healthy as on offense. Defensive end Brett Keisel has a foot problem, but it won’t hinder his playing ability. The same can be said for staring nose tackle Steve McLendon who has an ankle injury that has been bugging him, but he will be ready to go on Sunday.
Tight end Heath Miller and safety Troy Polamalu each missed Wednesday’s practice with a non-injury related reason. They were practicing fully on both Thursday and Friday so they’re good as well.
The Steelers can still get into the playoffs, but they are going to need a bit of help. All they can do on their own is stay healthy and win their final two games and hope.
- OG Kelvin Beachum – Knee
- WR Jerricho Cotchery – Shoulder
- T Marcus Gilbert – Ankle
- DE Brett Keisel – Foot
- DT Steve McLendon – Ankle
- TE Heath Miller – Non-Injury Related
- SS Troy Polamalu – Non-Injury Related
- WR Emmanuel Sanders – Foot
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Danny Cox knows a little something about the NFL, whether it means letting you know what penalty will come from the flag just thrown on the field or quickly spouting off who the Chicago Bears drafted in the first round of the 1987 draft (Jim Harbaugh). He plans on bringing you the best news, previews, recaps, and anything else that may come along with the exciting world of the National Football League. Danny is a freelance writer covering all things NFL. His work can be found on Examiner.com.