JuJu Smith-Schuster, Maurkice Pouncey limited, others stay out of practice
Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (hamstring) was limited in practice Thursday as the Steelers prepared for the New England Patriots.
Here, Smith-Schuster sits on he sideline during a game against the Tennessee Titans in Pittsburgh, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
PITTSBURGH — JuJu Smith-Schuster was limited in practice Thursday as the Steelers prepared to face the New England Patriots.
He was joined on the team’s injury list by Maurkice Pouncey (hip), Tyler Matakevich (shoulder) and Joe Haden (fibula), who were all limited. Defensive coordinator Keith Butler said Haden looked good, but that how Haden feels Friday would likely determine if he faces the Patriots.
After practice Wednesday Haden said he felt a little sore.
Vance Mcdonald (shoulder) and Coty Sensabaugh (shoulder) did not practice for the second straight day.
On Tuesday Mike Tomlin said a combination of Sensabaugh and Cameron Sutton would replace Haden until the former Pro Bowler returned to the field.
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Matakevich said Thursday he didn’t participate in any team periods at practice.
Sean Spence and Arthur Moats, plus L.J. Fort in dime packages, filled in for the hospitalized Ryan Shazier (spine) last week. Matakevich was the primary backup at both inside linebacker spots prior to his suffering a shoulder injury against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 13.
Martavis Bryant returned to practice after missing Wednesday’s session for a non-injury reason. According to ESPN he was dealing with a family issue.
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