The Pittsburgh Steelers released their final injury report of the week on Friday afternoon and not all the news it contained appears promising. Although no one has yet been ruled out for the game, the status of seven players is still up in the air, with at least three of them looking unlikely to play on Sunday.
Most notably, Ben Roethlisberger has officially been listed as questionable to face the Kansas City Chiefs, while David DeCastro, Joe Haden and Tyson Alualu have all been listed as doubtful. Despite being a full participant in training all week, Vance McDonald is still considered questionable for his first game of the year, as are Cameron Heyward and Artie Burns.
Having missed practice on Wednesday because of a knee issue, Heyward was a full participant in training on Thursday and Friday and seems likely to play against the Chiefs. Burns is a list minute addition to the injury report after being limited on Friday and his inclusion in Week 2 is far from guaranteed thanks to a new toe injury.
B.J. Finney will be the next man up if DeCastro cannot go and Cameron Sutton would get the opportunity to start if Haden is sidelined. However, the prospect of both of these players starting is nowhere near as concerning as the idea of Joshua Dobbs playing in his first real NFL game if Roethlisberger is held out. L.T. Walton would dress in Week 2 if Alualu sits, as will Coty Sensabaugh if either of the starting cornerbacks miss the game.
It should be expected that McDonald will see some playing time against the Chiefs, even if the coaching staff limits his snaps. Meanwhile, Kansas City will be without linebacker Ben Niemann, with safety Eric Berry also doubtful for the match up.