With limited practices this week , the game status list is the most black and white it has been all season. Both players listed have been ruled out, so most of the guesswork has been established when it comes to the other five spots.
OT Marcus Gilbert (knee)
DT Daniel McCullers (ankle)
Here are the possibilities to end up inactive for Week 10:
OT Marcus Gilbert- with Matt Feiler doing a great job filling in at right tackle, there was little incentive to push Gilbert back with an extended rest available over the weekend.
DT Daniel McCullers- it seems as if nobody even knew there was any issue with Big Dan until Monday’s press conference. L.T. Walton finally gets another chance to show that he deserves his spot on the 53.
QB Mason Rudolph- there was a brief moment in Baltimore where Steeler fans were holding their breath while it looked as if Rudolph could be called into backup duty this week. Luckily, Ben only needed to catch his breath and is good to go on Thursday.
OT Zach Banner- Dr. Banner gets to stay on the sidelines. It would take a series of injuries for the Hulk to emerge onto the field. Did I seriously just go Marvel Universe on a Steelers back-up tackle? Try coming up with something new to say for someone who has been inactive nine out of ten games!
S Marcus Allen- if finding something new to say was tough for Bruce... I mean David... no... Zach Banner, Marcus Allen is even more difficult. He has been in street clothes every game this season, and this week will be no different.
CB Brian Allen- unless there’s an injury or Artie Burns ends up even further in the doghouse, Allen will continue to be in an “emergency only” role.
WR James Washington or Justin Hunter- although I think Washington came out as the better of the two players when they each were recently given a game to show what they can do, it has been reported that the Steelers may go with a lot of no huddle since it was a short week of prep. If this is the case, Hunter could get the nod because he is more familiar with the system.
LB Matthew Thomas- if for some reason the Steelers wanted to go with both wide receivers, Thomas seems to be the only other option who they could bump.
Projected Inactive List:
- Mason Rudolph
- Zach Banner
- Marcus Allen
- Brian Allen
- Marcus Gilbert
- Daniel McCullers
- Justin Hunter
I maybe going more with what I want than what the Steelers might do, but I like James Washington getting the playing time. Other than the last wide receiver spot, this list was pretty much locked in.
Feel free to list your projected inactives in the comments below.