The Pittsburgh Steelers travel to the Superdome to take on the New Orleans Saints. But with late season injuries pilling up, they could be without these players.
Here is a look at the projected inactives for the week against the Saints (updated 9:47am 12/23/2018):
James Conner – He has not recovered yet from his ankle injury and he is thus listed as out. You can pencil him in as one of the seven inactives. Hopefully, he is ready for the playoffs if the Steelers make it that far. For right now, it’s Jaylen Samuels, who’s earning more of a role with each week. Conner will have some backfield help when he returns.
JuJu Smith-Schuster – JuJu has cleared himself to play in one of the best fan-love tweets of all-time.
Mason Rudolph – Ben is healthy and ready to go and so Rudolph should be on the inactive list. Hopefully, Roethlisberger is playing in less pain this week. He did look fine last week.
LT Walton – The Steelers are healthy on the defensive line as Cameron Heyward does not have an injury designation. This is a good sign this late in the season.
Zach Banner – Banner is now the eight lineman on the roster, but I still don’t think he is ready to dress yet.
Marcus Allen – Allen has not dressed a lot of the season and with Edmunds out of concussion protocol, it looks like Allen will be a healthy scratch.
Olasunkanmi Adeniyi – Adeniyi has been inactive previous weeks and it looks like he will be a healthy scratch this week. He does not play much on special teams and Bud Dupree has recovered from his ankle injury.
The Steelers look to keep their winning streak alive with their second big late season win. They’ll need to do so without the help of JuJu and Conner, though, as they head to New Orleans.