Saturday, October 21, 2006
By Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Kendall Simmons is still enduring some of the minor nuisances of an ice burn on his right foot. Like, not being able to wear flip-flops in rainy weather.
But, with the skin healing better than expected, Simmons was able to practice with the first-team offense and is expected to return as the starter at right guard tomorrow against the Atlanta Falcons.
"I'm fine," Simmons said yesterday after practice. "I'm ready to get back into it."
Simmons did not play in the Steelers' 45-7 victory Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs after he got the equivalent of frostbite on his right heel when he left a cooling pack on his foot too long. He was replaced by Chris Kemoeatu, who made his first NFL start.
The Steelers kept Simmons, who is a diabetic, out of the game because they were fearful his open wound could become infected.
"It's a lot better than a few days ago," Simmons said, referring to the skin of his heel. "You should have seen it a few days ago. But there's nothing I feel when I take a step."
Simmons isn't the only injured starter on offense who expects to play against the Falcons.
Fullback Dan Kreider (ankle/probable), who was injured against the Chiefs, practiced for the first time this week and should play in the Georgia Dome.