The Pittsburgh Steelers will only be missing one player due to injury for their regular season debut in Foxborough Sunday night against the New England Patriots. Safety Sean Davis was the only player who missed practice due to injury this week and will not play in Week 1.
With Davis unable to suit up, Kam Kelly is in line to get the start at free safety in his first NFL game. After playing his first two games in the AAF at wide receiver, Kelly made the transition back to defensive back due to injuries. In his six games playing cornerback, Kelly had 14 tackles, 9 passes defensed, and 4 interceptions, three of which came in one game. If not Kelly, Mike Hilton can transition from nickle corner back to safety with Cameron Sutton taking over filling in for Hilton.
Joining Davis on the inactive list is QB Joshua Dobbs who is filling the third quarterback role to begin 2019. A slew of rookies will not see their first regular-season action as CB Justin Layne, DL Isaiah Buggs, TE Zach Gentry, and G Fred Johnson. Rounding out the final spot is second-year player OT Chukwuma Okorafor. With Chuks inactive, it appears Zach Banner has won the swing tackle position for the time being.
Moved up from the practice squad yesterday, Johnny Holton receives a helmet as a wide receiver and special teams contributor. The Steelers also decided to carry an extra wide receiver compared to their lineups in 2018 as they decided to go with one less tight end.
As for the Patriots, their inactives can be seen below. While TE Matt LaCosse is active, WR Demaryius Thomas is not.
For the Patriots, DB Obi Melifonwu, CB JoeJuan Williams, RB Damien Harris, LB Kyle Van Noy, OL Korey Cunningham, WR Demaryius Thomas, DL Byron Cowart— Bob Labriola (@BobLabriola) September 8, 2019