News: Thomas (Hamstring) was a limited participant in practice on Wednesday.
Impact: Originally drafted as insurance for the aging and often injured Troy Polamalu, Thomas has had his share of injuries this and last season. He was forced from action in Week 5 and is still considered day-to-day.
News: Shazier (knee) was limited at practice Wednesday, per the Steelers' official site.
Impact: Shazier has missed the Steelers' past four games because of a sprained knee, but his practice participation Wednesday -- albeit in a limited fashion -- suggests that he has a shot to return to the mix Sunday against the Colts. We'll revisit his status Thursday.
News: Shazier (knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Scott Brown of ESPN.
Impact: After a full week of limited practice before the Texans game, Shazier was inactive Monday and is now back to sitting out practice. It was hoped the rookie could return in time to play the Colts on Sunday, but this could cast doubt on that idea.
News: Taylor returned to practice on Wednesday just one month after breaking his right arm.
Impact: Taylor practiced in a limited capacity, running sprints and doing individual drills. He suffered a compound fracture in his right arm when teammate Lawrence Timmons slammed into it with his helmet while trying to make a tackle in a victory over Carolina on Sept. 21. The 34-year-old said there remains no timetable for his return and he is awaiting clearance from doctors before he can take part in a full practice.