Listed as questionable, Allen will miss a third straight game, which ensures that Antwon Blake will start across from William Gay at cornerback. Although he's still listed atop the depth chart, Allen won't necessarily have a starting job once he's healthy.
Roethlisberger relayed that team doctors are pleased with his progress, as the QB bounces back from an MCL sprain, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports.
While Fowler speculates that Week 8's game against the Bengals "seems like a prime return" for the QB, for his part, Roethlisberger (who has "graduated to stationary bike work") has not put forth a timetable on that front, noting "we're just going to keep taking it week-by-week and try and get back as soon as I can." In the meantime, Mike Vick will continue to start in Roethlisberger's place for the 2-2 Steelers.
Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier (shoulder) is questionable for the team's Monday night showdown in San Diego, Will Graves of the New Pittsburgh Courier reports.
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that Shazier may not be ready to go Monday night as he continues to recover from a stinger that has kept him out the past two weeks. Shazier can be a valuable indivdual defensive player asset upon his return, but should he miss more time, Sean Spence will continue to see additional work on defense.
Although coach John Harbaugh has indicated Gillmore is "week to week," he did suggest the tight end "has a chance this week." Continue to monitor Gillmore's status leading up to Sunday's kickoff against the Browns.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh said wide receiver Breshad Perriman (knee) did not sustain a new injury before the team's Week 3 game against the Bengals, according to NFL Network.
"It's just a slow-healing deal," Harbaugh said Monday. "He's had probably one of the all-time slowest healing sprained PCLs ever. That's nothing against him. It's just the way it is. It's tough. It's one-in-some number, whatever Dr. [James] Andrews said it was."
Perriman appeared to re-injure his knee during Week 3 pregame warmups, but Harbaugh said the incident wasn't the reason the rookie needed surgery. Either way, Perriman is out indefinitely after undergoing a knee scope and getting a stem-cell injection.
Though Smith noted that he's "feeling good," Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun relays that Ravens offensive coordinator Marc Trestman indicated Thursday that Smith is in line to be out Sunday against the Browns. Look for such an outcome to be officially confirmed by the team no later than the release of Friday's final Week 5 injury report.