The Pittsburgh Steelerswill only be missing one player due to injury for their regular season debut in Foxborough Sunday night against the will only be missing one player due to injury for their home opener at Heinz Field on Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. Fullback and special teams captain Roosevelt Nix was the only player who will not play in Week 2 due to injury.
Today's inactives for #Steelers: CB Justin Layne, FB Rosie Nix, OLB Jayrone Elliott, G Fred Johnson, OT Chuks Okorafor, TE Zach Gentry, DE Isaiah Buggs— Bob Labriola (@BobLabriola) September 15, 2019
The Steelers had nine different players miss practice time to some degree Wednesday due to injury or illness. With six players returning to full participation on Thursday, Joe Haden and Maurkice Pouncey didn’t return to practice until Friday hence why they each carried a questionable designation heading into Sunday. Both players stated on Friday they expected to play in Week 2.
Joining Nix on the inactive list are several players who will be on the list for two straight weeks. Not getting a helmet for Week 2 are rookies CB Justin Layne, DL Isaiah Buggs, TE Zach Gentry, and G Fred Johnson. Second-year OT Chukwuma Okorafor once again is on the inactive list as Zach Banner has surpassed him on the depth chart for the time being.
The final inactive spot goes to the Steelers’ newest member on the 53-man roster OLB Jayrone Elliott. Signed to the roster on Tuesday, Elliott returns after spending the final two preseason games with the Steelers before being released when the team cut the roster down to 53 players. Elliott previously spent three years in Green Bay from 2014-2016 before being traded to the Cowboys and then released in 20017.
As for the Seahawks, their inactives can be seen below. DE Ziggy Ansah is inactive again in Week 2 while TE Tyler Lockett will play.