The Pittsburgh Steelers will be without at least two offensive starters on Sunday and might yet be missing two key defensive players after both Marcus Gilbert and James Conner were officially ruled out for Week 14 and Anthony Chickillo and Morgan Burnett were listed as questionable.
OUT: James Conner and Marcus Gilbert— Missi Matthews (@missi_matthews) December 7, 2018
QUESTIONABLE: Morgan Burnett and Anthony Chickillo
Neither Conner or Gilbert were able to practice at all this past week and a return in time to face the New England Patriots in Week 15 is far from guaranteed. A combination of Jaylen Samuels and Stevan Ridley will replace Conner, while Matt Feiler will once again start in place of Gilbert.
Given Burnett was a full participant in training every day this week, it is something of a surprise to see him listed as questionable to face the Oakland Raiders. Although Chickillo sat out training on Wednesday and Thursday, he was not limited in practice on Friday. If he cannot play, Ola Adeniyi should see an increase in snaps from last week in only his second ever game.
Despite picking up a variety of injuries in the loss to the Los Angeles Chargers, Ryan Switzer (concussion), Roosevelt Nix (shoulder) and Kam Canaday (knee) were able to take a full part in training each day and all are expected to suit up on Sunday.