As per NFL rules, the Pittsburgh Steelers can only dress 46 players on game day and at least 90 minutes before the start of any match up, they must officially declare a list of seven inactive players. Any player carrying an injury significant enough to have been ruled out of the game on Friday is always guaranteed to be included, while the rest of the names are generally players buried on the depth chart. In Week 1 of the 2018 season, the Steelers’ first list of the year contains a mixture of both.
Tight end Vance McDonald was the only player ruled out on the final practice report of the week due to injury and he will be joined on the sidelines by a number of players who figure to regulars on the inactive list this season, assuming the rest of the squad remains healthy.
Inactives for #Steelers: QB Rudolph, CB Sensabaugh, S MAllen, G Feiler, T Banner, TE McDonald, DE Walton— Bob Labriola (@BobLabriola) September 9, 2018
As the third quarterback on the roster, Mason Rudolph is a certainty to be sitting out each week, as is Marcus Allen as the sixth safety. With seven active offensive lineman the standard procedure for Pittsburgh on game day, Zach Banner and Matt Feiler can expect to find themselves inactive most Sundays as well.
L.T. Walton is no stranger to sitting on the sidelines during a game and his inclusion on the list should be commonplace this season too. As part of a packed position group, Coty Sensabaugh is another unsurprising inactive name in Week 1.
The practical realities of life in the NFL means injuries will happen and most of these names will eventually get their chance to suit up when a teammate gets hurt or they move up the depth chart. Until that happens, they will have to make do with just watching the game like the rest of us, albeit with a much better viewing position.
Week 1 inactives for the Browns: