The Pittsburgh Steelers face their most important game of the 2021 season as they play their scheduled final game of the season at Heinz Field. As the Steelers make their final visit to the training ground this week to prepare for Monday’s game against the Cleveland Browns, a new name was on the injured list. In the final injury report for the week, courtesy of the Steelers’ PR department, there were two players who did not practice, two who were full participants, and two who were limited.
As a reminder, COVID-19 Reserve / List players do not appear on the injury report. Because of this, Zach Banner, Devin Bush, Arthur Maulet, Anthony McFarland Jr, Chris Wormley and Joe Schobert will not appear on the injury report until they return, which could be any time for some players. Additionally, players nominated to return from the reserve / injured list such as Kevin Dotson will also not appear on the injury report.
As expected, Ben Roethlisberger is still on the injury toll. This week Roethlisberger is listed again with a right shoulder / pectoral injury. As for Thursday’s practice, Roethlisberger did not attend as Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said on Tuesday Thursday’s practice would be treated much like a typical Wednesday. On Friday and Saturday, Roethlisberger was a full participant and has no injury designation for Monday.
Rookie winger Pat Freiermuth missed the Steelers game in Kansas City with a concussion. The whole week Freiermuth with a full participant and has no injury status for Monday and will return to the roster for the Steelers.
Rookie linebacker Buddy Johnson is the only player to be sent off Monday with a foot injury. Johnson hasn’t been able to train all week and will miss his third game in a row with his foot injury. Johnson being out leaves the Steelers with limited options in inside linebackers, as starters Devin Bush and Joe Schobert are both currently on the reserve / COVID-19 roster.
The last player to be sent off last Sunday was rookie punter Pressley Harvin III as his father died on Saturday. Harvin hasn’t trained at all this week with the unrelated injury designation and is listed as questionable for Monday’s game. One of the changes to the report was that the “disease” designation was added for Harvin on Saturday. The Steelers still have punter Corliss Waitman on the roster to replace Harvin if he is unable to join the team.
Two players who missed out on time in last Sunday’s game were offensive linemen Trai Turner with a knee and Kendrick Green with a calf. On Thursday and Friday, Turner didn’t even land on the injury report at all, but was a new addition on Saturday as he was limited by a knee injury. Although he missed a bit of training time, Turner has no injury designation for Monday. As for Kendrick Greene, he was unable to train due to his calf injury on Thursday or Friday. On Saturday, Green was able to train with limited ability and is listed as questionable for Monday’s game.
As for the Browns injury report, it can be viewed below courtesy of Steelers.com.
Cleveland Browns Involvement / Injury Report, Week 17
CB Troy Hill (knee) – Out
S Ronnie Harrison, Jr. (ankle) – Out
S John Johnson III (Hamstring) – Out
RB Kareem Hunt (ankle) – Questionable
DT Malik Jackson (knee) – Questionable
Saturday January 1
CB Troy Hill (knee) – DNP
RB Kareem Hunt (ankle) – Limited
DT Malik Jackson (knee) – Limited
S John Johnson III (hamstring) – DNP
LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (Illness) – Full
DE Myles Garrett (groin) – Limited
CB Greg Newsome, II (concussion) – Full
C JC Tretter (knee) – Limited
S Ronnie Harrison, Jr. (ankle) – Limited
FB Andy Janovich (Shoulder) – Full
WR Jarvis Landry (knee) – Complete
QB Baker Mayfield (Left Shoulder) – Full
LB Sione Takitaki (Shoulder) – Full
LB Mack Wilson (NIR-Personnel) – DNP
For more information on the Steelers and Browns injury reports, check out the BTSC Injury Report podcast below: