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Week 12 Injury Report (Colts)

Week 12 Injury Report (Colts)

Week 12 Injury Report (Colts)

The Steelers practiced on Thanksgiving at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex, and did a good job before heading out to dinner with family, friends and teammates.

Receiver Miles Boykin is hampered by an oblique injury he suffered against the Bengals that forced him out of the game. Boykin was among several players who did not practice Thursday.

“We’ll see where this week takes us from a participation standpoint and a practice standpoint,” coach Mike Tomlin said. “We’ve got one more day – we’ve really got another day and a half when you think about Monday Night Football and so we’re going to keep the lights on for all these guys and stay hopeful and see where the week takes us.”

Among the other guys Tomlin mentioned is rookie running back Jaylen Warren, who suffered what Tomlin called a “non-significant” hamstring injury against the Bengals but whose availability against the Colts on Monday night is questionable. Warren did not practice Thursday.

Tomlin was also talking about center Mason Cole, who did not practice. Cole injured his foot against the Bengals and was replaced by JC Hassenauer. But he’s confident Cole will be fine for the game.

“He may be limited in the early parts of the week, but there’s a fair level of confidence that he’ll come through the other side and be available at the end of the week,” Tomlin said.

If Cole can’t go, Hassenauer said he’ll be ready.

“Every week you prepare to start as a backup,” Hassenauer said. “You never know when your opportunity is going to come. You have to take advantage of that opportunity. I’m going to prepare like I’m going to start every week, like last week and the weeks before. We’re going to take it day by day.

“The hardest part of being a backup is that you have to prepare every week as if you were the starter. You get the glory without ever getting the benefit of it to begin with. It’s the hardest thing. You have to put all the mental preparation down and it might go, it might not. You have to prepare every week as if you were going to play.”

Hassenauer played 56% of the snaps Sunday, which is welcome but he doesn’t want to see a teammate go down because of it.

“My goal is to play in NFL games,” Hassenauer said. “To be able to do that in the regular season is huge. I give God all the glory and all the blessings he’s given me.”

Linebackers Ahkello Witherspoon (hamstring) and TJ Watt and defensive ends Cameron Heyward and Larry Ogunjobi (coaches’ decision) also did not practice.



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