Only safety Troy Polamalu (Achilles, ankle) and DE Aaron Smith (triceps) did not participate in practice for the Steelers, but Polamalu has done that the past couple weeks and still played.
There also was a lengthy list of partial participants: OT Flozell Adams (back), DE Nick Eason (knee), CB Bryant McFadden (hamstring) and QB Ben Roethlisberger (foot) were limited. Roethlisberger wore a huge boot on his right foot while walking around the practice facility, but he had a special cleat made for practice and believed he would play against the Ravens Sunday night.
“I only missed….
10-15 snaps in practice, (so) there’s no doubt in my mind,” Roethlisberger said. “I want to play. I’ll be out there if I can be, but not if I’m going to hurt my team. (Trainer) John Norwig and I put together a cleat that has more stability and keeps me from moving my foot.
“It’s my plant foot, so that makes it worse. But playing in pain is something we all have to do. We put in a couple different looks to help adapt to (the injury) and so that we still can do some stuff. So, it went fairly well. I’ll find a way to make it happen, whatever I need to do.”
Notables not on the injury list this week were DE Brett Keisel (hamstring) and WR Antonio Brown (right knee). Both missed the last game, but are expected to play this week. Brown was hopeful that he would continue to improve this week.
“I think I’ll be all right,” Brown said. “I have ice on it right now, so the key will be if it doesn’t swell up too much. I ran pretty good out there, so it’s a little better. But we’ll see. Hopefully, I’ll be at full speed by Friday.”
Eason also said he felt pretty good, but he did so with a wink. Still, he believed a few more days of limited practice time would help him, but if Keisel is back then Eason’s snaps in the game would be limited anyway. He was injured when Harrison landed on him, but he won’t fine his teammate for the low hit.
“Fines are a sore subject around here, but that’s just the game of football,” Eason laughed. “He made a play, but it just happened that my leg was in there, too. I’m still happy that he made that play, but that was a guy who was capable to hit the hole and going all the way. So, he made a big play.”
The Ravens Le’Ron McClain (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, while safety Dawan Landry (head) was limited. And OG Chris Chester (infection), TE Ed Dickson (thigh) and OT Michael Oher (knee) all participated fully.
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