Inactives for #Steelers tonight vs. Chargers: QB Rudolph, WR James Washington, CB Steven Nelson, ILB Barron, RB Samuels, FB Nix, DE Isaiah Buggs— Bob Labriola (@BobLabriola) October 13, 2019
There were five Steelers ruled out after practice on Friday with the sixth being added on Saturday. Quarterback Mason Rudolph was ruled out after being limited in practice each day this week after being knocked out in Week 5 with a concussion. Running back Jaylen Samuels was ruled out early in the week, and fullback Roosevelt Nix has been out since Week 1. James Washington’s shoulder injury has him out against the Chargers with the possibility of more time after the bye.
Inside linebacker Mark Barron was unable to practice all week and is it out as well with a hamstring. The late addition on Saturday was when Steven Nelson, who was limited all week with a growing injury, did not make the trip with the team to Los Angeles.
With six players being ruled out, the only player left to fill out the inactive list is DE Isaiah Buggs. The rookie sixth-round pick has been on the roster all season for the Steelers, but has yet to dress for a game.
Getting a helmet for the first time in 2019 is offensive tackle Chukwuma Okorafor. Chuks dressed for every game in 2018 and saw playing time as an additional blocking tight end. This season, Zach Banner has passed him on the depth chart. It is unclear if Okorafor will even see the field Sunday night.
Another player who has been on and off the inactive list is wide receiver Donte Moncrief. With James Washington being out for the game, Moncrief could see an increased role in the offense in a last-ditch effort to show he is valuable to the 2019 Steelers.
As for the Chargers, their inactives can be seen below. The most notable player who is out is DE Melvin Ingram.