Mike Mitchell returns to Steelers practice, JuJu Smith-Schuster, others don’t
Steelers free safety Mike Mitchell returned to practice Wednesday after missing last week with an ankle injury. If Mitchell remains healthy he’s set to start against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.
Here, he is introduced before the Steelers faced the Jacksonville Jaguards, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Fred Vuich)
PITTSBURGH — The Steelers took one step back toward a complete starting defense on Wednesday as Mike Mitchell returned to practice.
Mitchell, Pittsburgh’s first-choice free safety, missed the last two days of practice and the Steelers’ 40-17 win against the Tennessee Titans last week with an ankle injury he suffered the previous Sunday. Robert Golden started in his place while Coty Sensabaugh slotted in at left cornerback for Joe Haden, who continues to suffer from a fractured fibula.
Mike Tomlin already ruled Haden out of Sunday nights 8:30 kickoff with the Green Bay Packers.
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Fellow starters JuJu Smith-Schuster (hamstring) and Vance McDonald (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. Smith-Schuster would be replaced in the slot by Eli Rogers and his absence on game day would likely mean more snaps for Martavis Bryant on the outside.
Jesse James was already sharing first-team reps with McDonald, though Xavier Grimble would continue to see an increase in reps if McDonald stays sidelined.
James Harrison (back) was a full participant in practice for the first time since Week 8.
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