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Morgan Burnett returns to full practice, Marcus Gilbert sits out for Steelers

November 12, 2018

For only the second time since he most recently appeared in a game, Morgan Burnett was listed as a full practice participant on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ official injury report on Wednesday.

Burnett, signed in the spring to be the Steelers’ starting strong safety, has not played since Sept. 16 because of a groin injury that plagued him throughout the preseason and limited his play in the Week 1 tie at Cleveland.

He did not play in any of the Steelers’ past four games - and he practiced fully only once, in the lead-up to the Steelers’ Week 4 game against Baltimore (he was not practicing at all by the end of that week). Before Wednesday, it had three weeks since Burnett was even noted as “limited” for a Steelers’ practice report.

Linebacker L.J. Fort was also a full participant in practice Wednesday, the Steelers’ first that required an injury report since their bye week. Fort missed the Oct. 14 win at Cincinnati because of an ankle injury.

Veteran receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey (ankle) also returned to practice - albeit on a limited basis - after he’d missed the previous game because of injury.

Starting right tackle Marcus Gilbert did not practice because of a knee injury, but he told reporters it was more of merely a day off for a veteran.

Tight end Xavier Grimble was added to the injury report (limited participant) because of a concussion.

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