The Pittsburgh Steelers are entering do-or-die territory in Week 15 after surprisingly dropping back-to-back games against the Arizona Cardinals and New England Patriots. Now Mike Tomlin's team will be looking to salvage their tarnished reputation in a must-win game on the road today.
The Steelers are lacing up to take in the Indianapolis Colts -- who currently share a 7-6 record with Pittsburgh. This is a pivotal game for both ball clubs, as the loser could fall as low as the 10th seed in the AFC, depending on the results around the league this weekend.
Unfortunately, Pittsburgh will once again be without quarterback Kenny Pickett. Though the Steelers did have 11 names on the injury report this week, 9 of these players were able to log full practices on Friday and did not have an injury designation heading into today's game.
Tomlin is going to need all hands on deck for this challenging road matchup. Here is the Steelers inactives list versus the Indianapolis Colts for today's game.
Steelers inactives vs. Colts in Week 15
- No. 8 QB Kenny Pickett
- No. 21 CB Darius Rush
- No. 26 RB Anthony McFarland
- No. 40 LB Blake Martinez
- No. 60 T Dylan Cook
- No. 92 DE Isaiahh Loudermilk
Kenny Pickett was injured early in Week 14. He will once again be sidelined as he recovers from ankle surgery, which means that veteran QB Mitch Trubisky will be leading the charge. Trubisky will look for much better results than he was able to put up against the Patriots on Thursday Night Football.
Joining Pickett in street clothes this week will be cornerback Darius Rush, running back Anthony McFarland, linebacker Blake Martinez, offensive tackle Dylan Cook, and defensive lineman Isaiahh Loudermilk.
Meanwhile, the Indianapolis Colts have a pair of significant absences for today's contest. Former All-Pro running back, Jonathan Taylor, will miss his third straight game with a thumb injury. Backup Zack Moss will start in his place.
Indy will also be without impressive right tackle, Braiden Smith, who hasn't been able to practice since Week 12 due to a knee injury. This is a tough blow for the Colts, as rookie OT Blake Freeland will be asked to match up against T.J. Watt this week.
The winner of this contest could be sitting in the driver's seat in the AFC Wild Card race, while the loser could shatter their playoff chances and plummet in the standings. This is a pivotal contest for both teams with postseason aspirations on the line. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time this afternoon at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.