Pittsburgh Steelers: Projected inactives for Week 3

PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 08: Stephon Tuitt
PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 08: Stephon Tuitt /

The Pittsburgh Steelers will take on the Chicago Bears in Chicago at 1 pm eastern time on Sunday.

With some stars already dealing with injuries, Pittsburgh could be missing some fimilar faces in the windy city. Against the Bears, the Steelers should be okay resting players, which could mean even more starters dealing with issues missing time.

Either way, the Steelers are heavy favorites in Week 3, but they could be without these players in Chicago.

T.J. Watt has been great in the part of the season he has been healthy but after only practicing on a limited basis on Wednesday, he has already been ruled out. This is a big loss for the Steelers. Anthony Chickillo will likely get the start at ROLB with James Harrison in relief.

Marcus Gilbert has also been ruled out for Sunday’s game. Gilbert is one of the better right tackles in the league; so, this is a loss. He has been ruled out with a hamstring injury. Chris Hubbard will likely get the start at right tackle and Matt Feiler will likely dress as a reserve tackle.

Jerald Hawkins is questionable to play on Sunday, but he probably would have been a healthy scratch anyway. I think he will sit out and Matt Feiler will be the next man up at tackle due to his injury and lack of experience. Hawkins’ injury has paved the way for Matt Feiler to dress this weekend.

Joshua Dobbs will be a healthy scratch as the Steelers third quarterback. As a rookie, he probably won’t dress unless there is an injury.

Justin Hunter is probably again going to be on the inactive list as he does not have much special teams capability.

Brian Allen will probably be another healthy scratch as the Steelers are healthier in numbers this week.

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Dan McCullers is likely the seventh inactive. The Steelers usually don’t dress their sixth defensive lineman and that is why McCullers will likely be down. I could also put Stephon Tuitt here, but I think he will play on Sunday after practicing fully Thursday and Friday.