Big Ben is dealing with a pec and shoulder injury while Claypool is bothered by a toe. Both are now trending in the right direction for Thursday's contest at Minnesota, a key game for both teams in terms of making the playoffs.
It's a quick turnaround for the Steelers in Week 14 with a Thursday game against Vikings. Roethlisberger has been limited or not participated in several Wednesday practices this season. Claypool played just 63 percent of Pittsburgh’s offensive snaps on Sunday, making a pair of catches for 52 yards.
Pittsburgh's offense took a step back with Mason Rudolph in command last Sunday in an overtime tie against Detroit. Ben was unable to travel with the team but has been activated and head coach Mike Tomlin stated he will start.
This is a boost to all the Steelers' offensive weapons when they face the run funneling defense of the Los Angeles Chargers.