Practice cost the Steelers more injuries Thursday than some games. They lost three players over the course of a two-hour afternoon session.
Center Maurkice Pouncey (left elbow) and halfback Rashard Mendenhall (knee) came down with new injuries, and linebacker Jason Worilds (quad) aggravated an old one.
The Steelers listed their participation as "limited" in practice. Today, coach Mike Tomlin must determine his injured players' status for the game, ranging from "out" to "probable."
Pouncey said he was "fine" but added he did not want to talk about the injury. He has played through two other injuries this season, to his ankle and knee, not missing a start but leaving two games for short periods, both at home, against Seattle and Tennessee.
Trai Essex is the backup center because Doug Legursky is out with a toe injury. Essex said it was the most extensive practice time he has had at the position, and coordinator Bruce Arians said he will be comfortable if Essex has to play center.
Worild's injury assures that Lawrence Timmons will make his third consecutive start at outside linebacker for Harrison, who has been in the locker room this week without the eye patch he wore after surgery to repair his broken orbital bone.