PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) – Out over a month with a knee injury, the Steelers are close to getting their first-round draft pick back.

Linebacker Ryan Shazier went through his first full practice today rotating in with the first team.

“I think I’m really close, I’m going to see how tomorrow [Friday] goes,” Shazier said. “We’re going to do a little bit of hitting and see how it goes. If I feel good, they might let me play.”

Shazier said he felt good following practice and was trying to improve as much as he can, but admitted he won’t be 100 percent this week, more like 90 percent if he plays.

“It’s a real big game [against the Colts], they’re 5-2, we’re 4-3,” Shazier said. “It would be really nice to finish this first half 5-3. We’re just trying to go out and stack these wins, get 2 wins in a row. We’re 1-0 right now from last week and trying to make it 1-0 again this week.”

Corner Ike Taylor (broken arm) and safety Shamarko Thomas (hamstring) were limited in practice on Thursday. Offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert (concussion) and nose tackle Steve McLendon (shoulder) were unable to practice.


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