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Ogunjobi, McFarland unable to participate in Steelers practice on Friday

The Pittsburgh Steelers exited Week 1 of the 2023 NFL season not only with a crushing loss, but with a myriad of injuries. With Cam Heyward and Diontae Johnson already ruled out for this week Heyward already placed on the Reserve/Injured List (IR), the Steelers have other players who are banged up who they are hoping to be available for Monday night against the Cleveland Browns.

With the Steelers having an extra day before their next game, their second injury report comes today, Friday, and will have an additional report on Saturday. In the second injury report this week courtesy of Steelers.com, one new name appears on the list but it is not injury related.

Pittsburgh Steelers Participation/Injury Report, Week 2

Friday, September 15
No. 18 WR Diontae Johnson (Hamstring) – DNP
No. 26 RB Anthony McFarland Jr. (Knee) – DNP
No. 73 OL Isaac Seumalo (NIR) – DNP
No. 76 OL Chukwuma Okorafor (Concussion) – Limited
No. 78 OL James Daniels (Ankle) – Limited
No. 88 TE Pat Freiermuth (Chest) – Full
No. 99 DT Larry Ogunjobi (Foot) – DNP

With Cam Heyward having surgery and expected to miss up to eight weeks, we was just placed on IR Thursday. For this reason, Heyward will NOT show up on the Steelers injury report as not participating.

With Diontae Johnson’s hamstring injury, it is not beyond the possibility of him landing on IR but the move may not be necessary. Either way, Johnson is not expected to play on Monday and obviously did not participate in practice on Thursday or Friday.

A player who was not expected to land on this list as he was not listed as an injury following the game or in Mike Tomlin’s press conference on Tuesday is running back Anthony McFarland. Listed with a knee injury, McFarland did not participate at all in practice on Thursday. McFarland also missed Friday’s practice, leaving his availability for Monday very much in question.

Dealing with a chest injury from last Sunday’s game, Pat Freiermuth starts off the week in a limited fashion. In the most positive note of Friday’s report, Freiermuth returned as a full participant.

Two players who were seen on Monday each in a walking boot were Steelers defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi and guard James Daniels. On Thursday, both players were able to participate in a limited fashion. Friday saw more of the same from James Daniels which leaves some hope for him to play on Monday, but Larry Ogunjobi moved in the wrong direction and did not practice. With Cam Heyward on IR, the availability of Ogunjobi is even more important so Saturday will be a very key practice for his status for Monday.

It was announced after Sunday’s game that starting right tackle Chuks Okorafor is in the NFL’s concussion protocol. Having to progress through the various stages, Okorafor did have an opportunity to move through things on Wednesday as the Steelers did practice but did not have to give an injury report. On Thursday, Okorafor was listed as a limited participant which is a good sign he is moving through the protocol, but Friday saw the same limited status. While it is good Okorafor did not appear to have a setback, be still has to progress on Saturday so whether or not he will be cleared by Monday is up in the air.

New to Friday’s injury report is guard Isaac Seumalo who did not practice, but it was not due to injury.

As for the browns injury report, it can be seen here courtesy of Steelers.com.

Cleveland Browns Participation/Injury Report, Week 2

Friday, September 15
No. 75 G J. Bitonio (Non-Injury Related) – Full
No. 2 WR A. Cooper (Non-Injury Related) – Full
No. 95 DE M. Garrett (Non-Injury Related) – Full
No. 93 DT S. Harris (Achilles) – Limited
No. 90 DT M. Hurst (Hamstring) – Limited
No. 62 DT S. Ika (Foot) – DNP
No. 1 S J. Thornhill (Calf) – Limited
No. 5 LB A. Walker (Non-Injury Related) – Full
No. 71 T J. Wills (Foot) – Limited

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