In theory, the 2-0 Pittsburgh Steelers should be able to beat the 0-2 Chicago Bears, but Steelers fans know all too well what happens to their favorite team when they leave the friendly confines of Heinz Field. The team has the tendency to mutate from a high-level offense to a mediocre unit, and the defense can struggle to make enough plays to win.
However, this is a new year, and the Steelers head to Chicago to play the Bears with a renewed sense of purpose as they try to bring back the long sought after seventh world championship. Nonetheless, they will be doing so without two starters on Sunday as both T.J. Watt (groin) and Marcus Gilbert (hamstring) have been ruled out of the Week 3 contest.
With Watt, there is a good chance the team is just taking it easy with their prized rookie, and not trying to rush him back too soon, and risk further injuring the lower body muscle. As for Gilbert, hopefully a week off will give him enough time to get back ready for the Baltimore Ravens in Week 4.
Anthony Chickillo, and/or James Harrison, will fill in for Watt at outside linebacker, and Chris Hubbard will be the starting right tackle.
Other injury news includes Stephon Tuitt (biceps) being listed as questionable. Tuitt reportedly took first team reps with the defense on Friday, which bodes well for him to return to the lineup Sunday.
Check out the complete final injury report from both the Steelers and Bears below:
T Marcus Gilbert (Hamstring, Illness)
LB T.J. Watt (Groin)
T Jerald Hawkins (Knee)
DE Stephon Tuitt (Biceps)
LB Nick Kwiatkoswki (Chest)
OL Josh Sitton (Ribs)
OL Tom Compton (Hip)