Cowher said Bettis, who is probable to play Sunday against Carolina, would return to practice Thursday. Ward and Farrior, who are questionable, will attempt to return Thursday. Cowher said Gandy remains day-to-day.
The Panthers are also a banged-up/suspended group. Linebacker Dan Morgan is out with a shoulder injury, while fellow linebacker Hannibal Navies is questionable with an ankle injury. Offensive tackle Todd Steussie is also questionable with a knee injury.
Add to those injuries the suspensions of rookie defensive end Julius Peppers for use of a banned substance, and leading rusher Lamar Smith is suspended for the remainder of this season after being pulled over for driving under the influence a couple of weeks ago.