PITTSBURGH -- The Steelers could be without key players on both sides of the ball for their biggest game of the year Sunday.
Haden, a former Pro Bowler, has missed the past month but returned to practice this week. He told ESPN on Friday that he will be a game-time decision. Haden ran a few periods with the first-team defense Friday, cornerback Artie Burns said.
"We are in the playoffs; we have something to look forward to," Haden said Wednesday. "I don't want to go out there half[way] and be out there hurting the team, hurting myself -- knowing we have games coming, knowing I am on my way back. I want to play if I can play. If I can't, it is what it is."
"Another chance to play football," Sutton said.
Smith-Schuster, back from a one-game suspension for an illegal hit on the Cincinnati Bengals' Vontaze Burfict, was a surprise addition to this week's injury report but did battle hamstring issues late last month.
Smith-Schuster is the team's second-leading receiver with 585 yards. He practiced on a limited basis the past two days.
For the Patriots, defensive end Alan Branch was ruled out Friday with a knee injury.