Cornerback Joe Haden a full participant at Steelers practice Thursday

December 22, 2017 GMT

Steelers cornerback Joe Haden was a full practice participant a day after he pledged to make his return from a broken fibula and play in Monday’s game at the Houston Texans.

Guard Ramon Foster, though, did not practice as he continues to progress through the NFL’s concussion protocol.

Linebacker Tyler Matakevich and tight end Vance McDonald also each practiced fully despite nursing shoulder injuries. Matakevich returned from a one-game absence last week but did not play on defense; coordinator Keith Butler on Thursday said that in part was to protect Matakekich as he worked himself back to health. McDonald has missed four of the past five games.


Coach Mike Tomlin previously announced All-Pro receiver Antonio Brown (calf contusion) would not play in Houston.

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