Coach Andy Reid noted Wednesday that Charles (knee) "is improving by the day and is chomping at the bit to play," BJ Kissel of Chiefs.com reports.
Meanwhile, Reid fell short of stating that Charles will play Sunday against the Jets, adding "we'll see how it goes." Kissel adds that in advance of Wednesday's practice, it's expected that Charles will continue to work predominantly with the Chiefs' scout team.
Gaines (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Jets, BJ Kissel of Chiefs.com reports.
Gaines was a late addition to this week's injury report, but it appears that the 25-year-old may be in jeopardy of missing Sunday's game. If Gaines is unable to go Sunday that would be a huge blow to Kansas City. The Jets are likely to use three and four wide receiver sets in an attempt to exploit a somewhat depleted secondary. Steven Nelson and Kenneth Acker could be in line for increased playing time if Gaines sits out.
Golson (foot) is ruled out for Sunday's contest with the Eagles.
Golson has not yet fully recovered from the Lisfranc surgery that he underwent in early August, but the 23-year-old is making tremendous progress. According to various reports, Golson is ahead of schedule and could be nearing a return to action in the coming weeks.
Nix (back) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's contest.
Nix is unlikely to suit up for Sunday's date with Philadelphia which means that he could be in line to miss a third consecutive game. On the bright side, it does appear that he will be able to play within the coming weeks regardless of his status for Sunday.
Bell is among the Steelers' key players not slated to play in Thursday's preseason finale against the Panthers.
The same applies to DeAngelo Williams, who is set to fill in for Bell while he serves a three-game suspension to start the season. On Thursday, the team's depth backs will have an opportunity to make their cases for complementary roles heading into the regular season. Bell's next game action is slated to arrive on Oct. 2, when the Steelers face the Chargers at home in Week 4.
Bryant was never under consideration of being cut by the Steelers despite his recently imposed year-long suspension, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Bryant's multiple violations of the league's substance abuse policy triggered a minimum one-year suspension from the league, but the Steelers never considered releasing him, according to general manager Kevin Colbert. Instead, Pittsburgh will hope Bryant makes the necessary changes to his life to get reinstated next year, when he would have two years remaining on his contract with the team. With Bryant suspended, Steelers receivers Markus Wheaton and, more specifically, Sammie Coates, will be looked upon to take advantage of their increased opportunities this season.