Getting past one of the best teams in the NFL usually requires all hands on deck. Outside of an unfortunate season-ending injury to rookie CB Cory Trice that happened during training camp, the Pittsburgh Steelers have been lucky enough to avoid the injury bug (for the most part). Now they are preparing to face a tough San Francisco 49ers team in Week 1, and injury questions loom with one of their starters.
Larry Ogunjobi has been dealing with a foot injury for much of the summer, which forced him to miss valuable snaps with the starting defensive unit during the preseason. Still, if he does prove to be ready to go, he's a veteran who knows his role and he could get back into the swing of things quickly.
Based on his lack of participation during the 2023 preseason and questions about his status leading up to this point, it was unsurprising to see Ogunjobi listed on the team's initial Week 1 injury report on Wednesday.
Outside of this lone injury, it looks like the Pittsburgh Steelers are in the clear and every other player will suit up on Sunday for this pivotal game against the San Francisco 49ers. But will Larry Ogunjobi be joining his teammates on the field?
Larry Ogunjobi set to play in Steelers vs. 49ers Week 1 game
While the absence of Larry Ogunjobi probably wouldn't have shifted the betting line in this game, we know that he's still a quality starter that this team could use against a well-balanced 49ers offense. Fortunately, all signs point to Ogunjobi suiting up and playing in Week 1.
The veteran defensive lineman was able to log limited practices all week, and despite his questionable status, Ogunjobi is not on the Steelers inactive list today and should take the field for the Steelers -- barring an unforeseen setback.
Because of the practice time lost due to the foot injury, it's likely that Ogunjobi will be put on a pitch count this week, and the Steelers could rely heavily on a player like DeMarvin Leal for added snaps. Still, having Ogunjobi on the field for whatever snaps he offers Pittsburgh this week should prove to be helpful against one of the league's best rushing attacks headlined by All-Pro RB Christian McCaffrey.
It still remains to be seen how much or how little Ogunjobi's presence will impact this Steelers vs. 49ers game in Week 1, but fans can take comfort in knowing that Pittsburgh essentially has a clean bill of health to begin the 2023 season.