The Pittsburgh Steelers have one main goal when they face the Dallas Cowboys this weekend, and it is to get a victory and end their three-game losing streak. This past week, the main goal was to have as many players practice as possible and lessen the amount of Steelers listed on the injury report. The good news is that the final report lists just four names, but unfortunately, those names are all quite big.
Going up against any team in the NFL and getting a win is no easy task, but it is made that much more difficult when the team is playing as well as the Cowboys are. With the release of Friday’s injury report, four players have been officially ruled out and three of them are big parts of the offense.
Running back DeAngelo Williams is out with a knee injury that required surgery, and he likely won’t be playing for a few weeks at the very least. The bulk of the carries will fall into Le’Veon Bell’s hands again, with Fitzgerald Toussaint providing back-up and being a replacement as necessary.
Wide receiver Markus Wheaton has played in just three games this season and, unfortunately, he won’t be adding to those numbers this weekend. Wheaton has been ruled out once again with a shoulder injury, even though he did practice on Wednesday of this week. On Thursday, his participation decreased and he sat out Friday’s set entirely.
The Steelers will be without another receiver in Darrius Heyward-Bey, who is also out with a foot injury that kept him out of practice this week. He has played in every game so far this season, but has just five receptions for 68 yards and two touchdowns.
The final name on the injury report is the only defensive player listed: reserve safety Jordan Dangerfield. Pittsburgh has more than enough depth in the secondary to fill in for him this weekend.
Cowboys have a number of players Out as Tony Romo upgraded to Questionable
The injury report for the Dallas Cowboys is a bit longer than that of the Steelers, but only two players are listed as out: cornerback Morris Claiborne and safety Barry Church. Other players such as wide receiver Dez Bryant (knee) and tackle Tyron Smith (back) are questionable, but one name stands out above all others.
Quarterback Tony Romo is no longer listed as out, and for the first time this season, he has been upgraded to questionable. Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett has said that Romo’s status is going to be more of a gametime decision, even though he appears healthy enough to play.
Even if Romo is healthy enough to get back on the field, the Cowboys have a huge question ahead of them: Do they turn the team back over to their original starter, or do they stay with the hot hand of rookie Dak Prescott? The Steelers have to be ready for anything, but they have been practicing as if it will be Prescott under center.
- (RB) DeAngelo Williams (Knee) – Did Not Participate In Practice
- (WR) Markus Wheaton (Shoulder) – Limited Participation In Practice
- (WR) Darrius Heyward-Bey (Foot) – Did Not Participate In Practice
- (S) Jordan Dangerfield (Groin) – Did Not Participate In Practice
Post Author: Danny Cox.