Hosting the Kansas City Chiefs Monday night gives the Pittsburgh Steelers an extra day to attempt to heal up their injuries, but judging by Mike Tomlin’s press conference on Tuesday, the extra day won’t help matters much.
Safety Troy Polamalu and offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert will both be out of the lineup again this week as Tomlin said both are at least a week away from returning.
But there are a couple new names on the injury list worth keeping an eye on in wide receiver Antonio Brown and running back Chris Rainey.
Brown’s mild high-ankle sprain will likely keep him out of the Chiefs game as well as Tomlin said that Brown’s participation this week in practice is doubtful. He will be listed as questionable, but it is almost a certainty that Brown won’t play. Tomlin also didn’t rule out a roster move later in the week, depending on Brown’s status.
Rainey (ribs) is still in discomfort and is also questionable. He will be limited all week, but the extra day may help him as Tomlin said there is a small chance he could play Monday night.
Also listed as questionable will be running back Rashard Mendenhall and linebacker Stevenson Sylvester.
However there is some good news on the injury front as running back Jonathan Dwyer is expected to play and is currently listed as day-to-day. In addition, Tomlin said that Isaac Redman and LaMarr Woodley are no worse for wear after the Giants game.