THURSDAY’S POST-PRACTICE BUZZ
PITTSBURGH — If things go as planned for Willie Colon over the next two days, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ offensive line should be intact for the game against the San Diego Chargers Sunday at 1 p.m. at Heinz Field.
Colon, who has a left knee bruise, went through a full practice Thursday and expected to play against the Chargers barring a setback later this week.
“I think I did all the necessary things that I needed to do (Thursday), and we’ll see how it reacts (Friday),” Colon said Thursday after practice. “But I think I should be ready to play this week. I took a nasty bruise on the knee from Suggs. It swelled up, and I had to get it drained a couple of times.
“So, it was tough to deal with when we played Cleveland. It felt a little better last week, and it feels a lot better so far this week. So, I hope that I’ll be able to go. We’ll see what happens Friday and Saturday, but it looks pretty good right now. I guess you could say that I’ll be a game-time decision.”
If Colon can secure his regular spot at left guard, Maurkice Pouncey would move back to center for the Steelers. Pouncey played left guard, and Doug Legursky was the center last week at Baltimore.
“It was pretty cool, playing guard, an awesome experience for me,” Pouncey said. “I worked really hard during the week in practice, and I think I did a pretty good job. Me and Legursky split the time at center and guard this week, but I think we’ll have our regular line back together against the Chargers.”
Wideouts Among Walking Wounded
The Steelers top three wideouts, Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders did not practice Wednesday, but they all returned to some extent Thursday. Sanders was limited, but at least they all practiced.
“They call themselves the Bugatti crew, but I call them the Boo-Boo crew,” Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley said. “No, they were back out there moving around together, and I would think by the end of the week they’ll be a lot better than they are today. So, we should have a full contingent for the game this week. But Coach T. will make the decision on how many we dress.”
Roethlisberger to Start
Haley confirmed that Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger did not appear to suffer a setback this week, and he completed a second straight full practice.
“I don’t think there were any setbacks, so it was a positive day,” Haley said. “I think (Wednesday) was the bigger test, due to the cold and wind and risk factors that were involved. So, it didn’t seem like he had any limitations, but Coach T. will make the final decision this week. But I thought it was a positive day (Wednesday) as well as today.”
Cornerback Ike Taylor (ankle) and offensive tackle Mike Adams (ankle) still are the only two Steelers ruled out this week, but outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley (ankle) also missed a second straight practice and is questionable. Free safety Ryan Clark (hip) and strong safety Troy Polamalu (not injury related) also did not practice for a second straight day, but both are expected to practice Friday and play Sunday.
Also missing practice Thursday were punter Drew Butler (illness) and quarterback Byron Leftwich (ribs). Wideout Emmanuel Sanders (shoulder) was limited, but wideouts Antonio Brown (ankle), offensive tackle Willie Colon (knee), wideout Jerricho Cotchery (ribs), fullback Will Johnson (concussion), quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (right shoulder) and wideout Mike Wallace (knee) all got through a full practice Thursday.