With four players having been scratched in the Steelers' last two games, and three of them for all three games this season, their return marks an active roster shake-up.
The question is, who will those four replace on the game day roster?
James Harrison, Troy Polamalu, Stevenson Sylvester and Rashard Mendenhall will all get helmets in Week 5, the first time this season for Harrison, Sylvester and Mendenhall. Taking into account special teams and sub-packages, the Steelers could go a few different directions.
First, let's assume Charlie Batch, Kelvin Beachum, Alameda Ta'amu will be deactivated. These three have all been deactivated for at least one game this year. Four more players will need to join them.
RB Jonathan Dwyer
RB Baron Batch
LB Adrian Robinson
S Robert Golden
LB Brandon Johnson
LB Jason Worilds
LB Chris Carter
One of the four will certainly be either Dwyer or Batch.
The case for Dwyer is he's obviously considered to be a more competent runner. Dwyer is second on the team with 24 carries, compared to six for Batch.
The case for Batch is he's better in pass protection, and could be utilized in the return game and special teams.
Nod to Batch in this game for his usage in the no-huddle offense.
It's very likely Robinson will be the odd-man out at outside linebacker. Sylvester can replace him on special teams, and while Johnson's role is nearly exclusively for special teams, but he can serve in an emergency situation at inside linebacker. Robinson doesn't appear to be ready to play on defense.
Golden is in a similar position as Robinson. A likely roster addition due to the injuries/absences at his position to start the season (Ryan Clark being unable to play in Denver). He probably was on borrowed time when Polamalu was injured, and Will Allen and Ryan Mundy can still serve in special teams roles.
It remains to be seen whether the Steelers will get a full game out of Harrison, who hasn't been in a game since Jan. 8, and has barely practiced. It seems a stretch to put Harrison on special teams and ask him to take the bulk of the snaps at right outside linebacker, so keeping both Worilds and Carter active isn't out of the question.
If that's the case, the Steelers would be looking at de-activating:
And one more.
This is completely subjective, so weigh in. Which seven players will the Steelers deactivate for Sunday's Week 5 game against Philadelphia?