Inactives for @Steelers: QB Jones, RB Archer, WR JBrown, CB Taylor, DE Geathers, OT Gilbert; LB Harrison— Bob Labriola (@BobLabriola) December 14, 2014
Offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert will not make his return to the Steelers' starting lineup after he was listed as probable on Friday. Tackle Mike Adams will take Gilbert's place at right tackle for the third consecutive game and guard Chris Hubbard is once again active.
The Steelers will also be without their veteran outside linebacker once again this week, with James Harrison not suiting up vs. the Falcons. Harrison was listed as questionable on Friday's injury report, but with linebackers Jason Worilds, Arthur Moats, and Jarvis Jones all healthy, the Steelers don't need to rush Harrison back. But once Harrison returns, the Steelers will have a good problem on their hands as they decide who gets the most snaps among Worilds and the three others at right outside linebacker.
Joining Harrison on the inactive list is veteran cornerback Ike Taylor. The Steelers listed Taylor as doubtful on Friday with injuries to his shoulder and forearm. After a poor performance against the Cincinnati Bengals last week, it could be argued that an inactive Taylor is what's best for the Steelers as he nears the end of his career. Taking his place on the active roster is fellow defensive back B.W. Webb, who will most likely see time only on special teams.
The Steelers will stick with the combination of Le'Veon Bell and Josh Harris at running back, leaving Dri Archer as a healthy scratch for a second week in a row. Wide receiver Markus Wheaton has replaced Archer on kick-return duties, so it would be surprising to see Archer much more in 2014 unless injury occurs.
Quarterback Landry Jones, wide receiver Justin Brown and defensive lineman Clifton Geathers join Archer as healthy scratches, but that shouldn't come as a surprise. Jones and Brown won't receive a helmet unless injury occurs and Geathers joined the team just last week so the chances of seeing him in the future aren't great unless the Steelers become short on defensive linemen.