Three Steelers starters miss practice

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Of the nine players listed on the Steelers’ injury report Thursday, three are starters who did not participate in the next-to-last practice of the regular season.

Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (knee), right guard David DeCastro (back) and outside linebacker Jason Worilds (abdomen) were among the four players who didn’t practice on Thursday. Reserve linebacker Terence Garvin (knee) also didn’t work out.

Worilds leads the Steelers in sacks (eight). Sanders is second on the club in targets (106), catches (65) and receiving yards (714). DeCastro, meanwhile, has started all but one game this season.

Every other player on the Pittsburgh injury report practiced fully, including defensive end Brett Keisel (foot).

The Steelers need a victory against the Browns on Sunday and losses by Baltimore, Miami and San Diego to make the postseason.