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The Arizona Cardinals hit the practice field on Wednesday in West Virginia and they were a little banged up after their win in Detroit. But the bigger news was not the Cardinals. It was how Pittsburgh Steelers starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger returned to practice. He did seven-on-seven drills for the first time since injuring his knee. He is trying to come back and play against his former offensive coordinator.
For the Cardinals, four players sat out of practice. One was outside linebacker Alex Okafor who is out for two to four weeks. But safety Tyrann Mathieu (heel), linebacker LaMarr Woodley (chest) and receiver John Brown (hamstring) also sat out practice. Head coach Bruce Arians said Mathieu and Brown should be good to go Thursday and Woodley would be fine. However, Arians noted Woodley had a bruised thigh, not a chest injury.
Cornerback Justin Bethel (foot), tight end Darren Fells (hip), safety Tony Jefferson (neck) and safety Rashad Johnson (hip) were limited. Tackle Jared Veldheer (rib) and receiver J.J. Nelson (shoulder) practiced fully.
Three players did not practice for the Steelers. Safety Will Allen sat out with an ankle injury, linebacker Jarvis Jones was out with a hip injury and offensive lineman Doug Legursky sat out with a back injury.
Roethlisberger was listed as limited, as were cornerback Cortez Allen (knee) and linebacker Ryan Shazier (knee).