Steelers-Titans injury report

This week's Thursday matchup pits the Tennessee Titans against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Here is the status of key fantasy players involved in tonight's game:

Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Steelers (knee, P): Mendenhall is expected to start for the second time this season, just four days after his impressive debut following ACL reconstruction. Mendenhall put in a limited practice Tuesday (which is not surprising after Sunday's work), but he was a full participant Wednesday, a sign that he is ready to go Thursday night. Mendenhall should once again see plenty of opportunities, but it's important to remember he is still in recovery mode.

Javon Ringer, RB, Titans (knee, out): Ringer suffered an MCL injury in Week 5 and is expected to miss at least four weeks.

Kenny Britt, WR, Titans (ankle, P): Britt managed to get through his limited action last Sunday without suffering a setback. A big difference for Britt this week is that he was listed as a full participant in practice both Tuesday and Wednesday. According to The Tennessean, Britt feels as if he's turning a corner. "Today I felt the most confident I have in this whole year and this whole season, to tell you the truth," Britt said after Tuesday's practice.

There has never been any doubt about Britt's talent. The question has been whether he can get -- and stay -- healthy enough to demonstrate that talent effectively and consistently. Britt has only nine catches this season and most recently has been nursing an ankle sprain, which was superimposed on two knees recovering from offseason surgeries (including ACL reconstruction) and a history of multiple soft-tissue injuries (including hamstring and quadriceps strains). Look for Britt's activity to bump up in Thursday's game, assuming his body cooperates.

Jake Locker, QB, Titans (shoulder, out): Matt Hasselbeck will start again in Week 6 for the Titans, as Locker continues to recover from his second shoulder dislocation episode of the season.

Troy Polamalu, S, Steelers (calf); LaMarr Woodley, LB, Steelers (hamstring): Both players have been ruled out for Thursday night.

Colin McCarthy, LB, Titans (ankle): McCarthy has not practiced at all this week and is listed as questionable. McCarthy played Sunday for the first time since spraining his ankle in Week 1 but is clearly not at full health. Nonetheless, McCarthy still believes he is able to contribute, and his six tackles would seem to support that notion. It sounds as if the Titans hope to have him available, but his status might not be announced until just before game-time.