The early Week 6 bye couldn't come at a better time for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Soon, wide receiver Diontae Johnson should be returning to the field, and Cameron Heyward could follow shortly after as he continues to recover from his groin tear. In the meantime, Mike Tomlin will have one more critical game before getting a week off.
Today the Steelers are lacing up as they host the Baltimore Ravens at Acrisure Stadium in Pittsburgh. This is an interesting time for a home game, as the fans could prove to turn on Tomlin's team quickly if they have a slow start again this week.
The Steelers opened practice this week with 11 names on the injury report, and several absences will leave Pittsburgh a bit thin on depth for this contest. Here's a look at the players who will be inactive for today's game.
Steelers inactives list vs. Ravens in Week 5:
- No. 2 QB Mason Rudolph (3rd QB)
- No. 6 P Pressley Harvin III
- No. 48 RB Godwin Igwebuike
- No. 65 OL Dan Moore Jr.
- No. 78 OL James Daniels
- No. 88 TE Pat Freiermuth
- No. 98 DE DeMarvin Leal
With an injury to Kenny Pickett, we thought there was a chance that Mason Rudolph could earn a hat this week if Mitch Trubisky was forced to start. That won't be the case. With the new rule, however, Rudolph can see the field if injuries occur to both active quarterbacks today.
Dan Moore Jr. suffered a hamstring injury early in the game against the Texans last week, while James Daniels has been dealing with a groin injury. Broderick Jones is set to make his first career start today at left tackle. Meanwhile, Nate Herbig will look for a bounce-back performance against the Ravens after a sub-par outing in place of Daniels at right guard last week.
In addition to the Steelers being without two starting offensive linemen, Pat Freiermuth is absent for today's game after suffering a hamstring pull in the loss to the Texans last Sunday. Defensive lineman DeMarvin Leal will also miss today's game due to an injury. He's inactive this week.
The Ravens will be without a pair of athletic edge rushers David Ojabo and Tyus Bowser. Baltimore had 10 players initially listed on their injury report, but they should be mostly healthy for today's game.
This is an all-important game for both teams. With a win today, the Steelers would hold a 3-2 record and own a tiebreaker over the Ravens for the division lead in the AFC North. A loss would set them 2 games behind Baltimore, who would vault to a 4-1 record on the season.
The Pittsburgh Steelers hope to be at full strength shortly after their Week 6 bye, but until then, they will look to hold down the fort against a strong Ravens team this afternoon. Kickoff of this AFC North matchup is set for 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time.