The Steelers continued his preparation for Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens, working out at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex.
Linebacker TJ Watt (ribs) and receiver Diontae Johnson (hip) did not practice Thursday, after they were tied up on Wednesday. Defensive lineman Larry Ogunjobi (toe) did not practice for the second day in a row.
Running back Nagy Harris (flanker) did not practice Wednesday but returned to the court Thursday in a limited way, while linebacker Malik Reed (linebacker) was a full participant after missing practice on Wednesday. Offensive tackle Chukwuma Okorafor (shoulder) did not train on Wednesday but returned to action on Thursday in a limited way.
Defensive tackle Cameron Hayward sat down, getting the day off to the vet, something that benefits the younger players on the defensive line giving them more work.
“You give a guy like Cam Hayward a day off this time of year,” Tomlin said. “It’s a great day for a guy like DeMarvin Leal to grow, play and take the kind of steps we want him to take in terms of continuing to improve and contribute positively to our efforts.”
Kicker Chris Boswell returned to practice Thursday but remains on the reserve/injured list.
The Steelers have a 21-day window to activate Boswell, or he will be forced to remain on the roster for the remainder of the season.
Boswell was placed on the reserve/injured list on November 10 and had to miss at least four games.
Boswell was dealing with a right hip injury that forced him to miss the Week 8 game against the Eagles, and then the last four games on the reserve/injured list.
Boswell, who is in his eighth season, has connected on 12 of his 16 field goals this season (75%), with a long of 59 yards, and made all nine of his extra point attempts.
For his career, he scored 194 of his 222 (87.4%) field goal attempts and 240 of his 254 extra point attempts.
For the Ravens Quarterback Lamar Jackson suffered a knee injury in the Ravens’ win over the Denver Broncos on Sunday, and it’s unknown how prepared he will be this week against the Steelers at Akrisor Stadium.
If Jackson doesn’t play, it will be Tyler Huntley who will start for the Ravens, a player familiar to the Steelers.
“Lamar is such a unique challenge,” said linebacker Alex Highsmith. “We just have to be able to chase him down. And Huntley is a good guy too. They’re both very dangerous. We just have to be able to get to whoever he’s playing.
“Huntley’s got a very unique talent as well. We just have to lock in on him as well. They’ve got a lot of guns in offense, so we just have to lock ourselves in and be in our P and Q partners and have a really good game plan against those guys.”
The Steelers faced Huntley in Week 18 last season when he started with an injured Jackson, intercepting him twice in a 16-13 overtime victory.
“We saw him last year at the end of the year when Lamar was injured,” said defensive end Chris Wormley. “It’s really hard to replace a guy like Lamar. He’s been in the system for two years now. He can do some similar things, but I think Lamar is in a class of his own with what he can do with his legs, throw the ball, just command him to attack. When you have a guy like Huntley He was there two years ago, he can still do some things, but I think it will be difficult to replace a guy like Lamar if he’s unhealthy.”
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