Cortez On the Mend
Cornerback Cortez Allen, who missed the last 1 1/2 games with an ankle injury, hoped to get back into the lineup for Game 3.
“I’m going to try to practice this week,” Allen said. “I feel a lot better, so we’ll see what happens. I’m going to give it a shot.”
Allen did not practice Wednesday, and neither did defensive end Brett Keisel (calf).
Heath Miller (knee) practiced on a full-time basis Wednesday for the first time since his injury and reported no ill effects. However, he acknowledged that a better indication would be how he felt Thursday and even later in the week after practicing three straight days.
Cornerback Curtis Brown (illness) and nose tackle Steve McLendon (hamstring) also went through a full practice.
Running back Le’Veon Bell and linebacker Jarvis Jones (heel) were limited, but Bell did more than he has since suffering a mid-foot sprain in the preseason.
“It’s going pretty good, and I’m trying to get back in the swing of things,” Bell said. “(So), I did a little bit of individual work and some team stuff (7-on-7). I just wanted to try to get moving. … When I’m confident enough to go out there and make all the proper cuts that I need to make, to be able to stop when I need to and be able to have a burst by pushing off, that’s when I’ll be ready.
“Whatever I’m going to need to do, I want to feel confident while I’m doing it. (And) I feel like I’m close, because I’m practicing. I’m out here, so I’m close.”