Steelers inactives list for AFC Wild Card game against Bills

Which players will be sidelined for the Steelers in their Wild Card playoff game today?

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The Pittsburgh Steelers could be just hours away from winning their first playoff game in seven years. The stakes have never been higher as Mike Tomlin looks to end the longest winless postseason drought of his career as a head coach. This won't come easy, as Pittsburgh is gearing up to take on a red-hot Buffalo Bills team on the road.

Before entering the playoffs and moving up to the No. 2 seed in the AFC, the Bills won 6 of their last 7 regular-season games to close out the year. They are currently on a five-game winning streak as we get set for this Wild Card NFL Playoff matchup.

Meanwhile, the Steelers suffered a massive blow to their roster as T.J. Watt has been ruled out of this pivotal postseason contest due to a Grade 2 MCL sprain he suffered against the Ravens in the season finale. The good news for Pittsburgh is that All-Pro safety Minkah Fitzpatrick will be returning. His presence couldn't come at a better time.

Eight players were listed on the Steelers injury report this week, but all of these players are expected to be suiting up this afternoon (with the exception of Watt). Here is the Steelers inactives list ahead of their Wild Card game against the Bills.

Steelers inactives vs. Bills in Wild Card Round:

  • No. 10 QB Mitch Trubisky (3rd QB)
  • No. 21 CB Darius Rush
  • No. 37 S Elijah Riley
  • No. 40 LB Blake Martinez
  • No. 60 T Dylan Cook
  • No. 90 LB T.J. Watt
  • No. 98 DE DeMarvin Leal

Once again, Mitch Trubisky will serve as Pittsburgh's emergency third-string quarterback. He would only see the field if injuries occurred to both starter Mason Rudolph and backup Kenny Pickett. Next to him on the sidelines will be CB Darius Rush, S Elijah Riley, LB Blake Martinez, OT Dylan Cook, and DE DeMarvin Leal. As mentioned, T.J. Watt will be sidelined due to his MCL injury, and he joins the inactive list today.

Meanwhile, the Bills had 13 players listed on their injury report at some point or another this week. Despite most of these players missing at least one full practice, the majority will be lacing up their cleats for today's playoff game. The most notable players who are out for Buffalo this week include WR Gabe Davis, S Taylor Rapp, and CB Rasul Douglas.

Fans will be on their feet for this frigid AFC playoff contest in Buffalo. The Steelers vs. Bills game is set to kick off at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The winner moves on to the Divisional Round, while the loser will be eliminated from the NFL Playoffs.

The Steelers are heavy underdogs for today's game, but cold temperatures, wind gusts, and a few potential snow flurries could impact the field conditions. Mike Tomlin knows what's on the line here, and he's not going down without a fight. Stay tuned!