Each practice day, the Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers will release an official injury report leading up to the next game. Here was the report for Thursday:
#Chiefs Thursday injuries— Arrowhead Pride (@ArrowheadPride) September 13, 2018
S Eric Berry (heel) - did not practice
LB Ben Niemann (hamstring) - did not practice
CB Kendall Fuller (thumb) - full
DT Justin Hamilton (ankle) - full
LB Reggie Ragland (knee) - full
RB Darrel Williams (shoulder) - full
OL Kahlil McKenzie (sick) - LTD
- QB Ben Roethlisberger (right elbow) - did not practice for second straight day
- CB Joe Haden (hamstring) - did not practice for second straight day
- G David DeCastro (hand) - did not practice for second straight day
- DE Tyson Alualu (shoulder) - limited after not practicing Wednesday
- DT Cameron Heyward (knee) - full after not practicing Wednesday
- TE Vance McDonald (foot) - full for second straight day
- I wrote an article Thursday morning telling you that the Steelers could have some key starters injured Sunday when they play the Chiefs. Roethlisberger missed practice, Wednesday, but the feeling I got is that he would practice Thursday. He did not.
- Backup quarterback Joshua Dobbs took all the first-team reps for the Steelers:
Josh Dobbs confirmed that he took the first-team quarterback snaps with the Steelers today as Ben Roethlisberger continued to be sidelined with an elbow injury.— Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) September 13, 2018
- A second-year quarterback out of Tennessee, Dobbs has never played a regular-season NFL snap. Dobbs was 29 of 43 this preseason for 434 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions.
- DeCastro and Haden not playing are obviously not as important as Roethlisberger, but they are still impactful injuries. Both players sitting out would be breaks for Kansas City.
- It looks like McDonald will make his first start of the season for the Steelers after a foot injury has kept him out since training camp.
- Once again, no news to report on Chiefs starting safety Eric Berry. It is looking like linebacker Ben Niemann will be held out as well.