Rookie LB’s role might grow Sun­day

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - - Pro Football - By Ray Fittipaldo Ray Fittipaldo: rfit­ti­[email protected] and Twit­ter @ray­fitt1.

Steel­ers out­side line­backer An­thony Chickillo prac­ticed for the first time this week Fri­day and said he would be ready to play when the Steel­ers play the Raiders Sun­day af­ter­noon in Oak­land.

Chickillo has in­juries in both an­kles. The lat­est in­jury hap­pened in the sec­ond half of the loss against the Los An­ge­les Charg­ers.

Chickillo of­fi­cially is listed as ques­tion­able for the game. If he has a set­back or is lim­ited against the Raiders, it could mean rookie Ola Adeniyi has a big­ger role this week. Adeniyi made his NFL de­but against the Charg­ers and played nine de­fen­sive snaps and was cred­ited with one tackle. He forced a hold­ing penalty on Charg­ers tackle Sam Tevi.

Out­side lineback­ers coach Joey Porter likes to give starter T.J. Watt one or two se­ries off per game, so Adeniyi must be ready again this week.

“I feel like I have to be ready when­ever be­cause any­thing can hap­pen,” Adeniyi said.

Switzer cleared

Re­ceiver Ryan Switzer was in con­cus­sion pro­to­col af­ter leav­ing the Charg­ers game, but he was a full prac­tice par­tic­i­pant ev­ery day this week and will play against the Raiders.

Right tackle Mar­cus Gil­bert will miss a sev­enth con­sec­u­tive game with a knee in­jury. Gil­bert did not prac­tice all week, and Matt Feiler will get his sev­enth start of the sea­son.

Run­ning back James Con­ner was ruled out early in the week with an an­kle sprain.

10,000 and count­ing

Re­ceiver Antonio Brown is 62 yards shy of 11,000 for his ca­reer. Only 34 play­ers in the his­tory of the NFL have 11,000 re­ceiv­ing yards.

“I’ll think about that when I’m done play­ing,” Brown said.

Brown passed Roddy White and Joey Gal­loway in the NFL record books last week. Next up: Chad Johnson, Keenan McCardell and Rod Smith.

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