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Steelers vs. Cardinals inactives: Minkah Fitzpatrick active, Montravius Adams out for Week 13

We break down the game day inactives for the Steelers and Cardinals in Week 13

Pittsburgh Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick (39) warms up prior to an NFL regular season game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Los Angeles Rams on October 22, 2023, at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA. Photo by Brandon Sloter/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

We’re just 90 minutes out from 1 p.m. ET kickoff for the Pittsburgh Steelers-Arizona Cardinals matchup in Week 13, and both teams have officially announced their gameday inactives.

Notably absent on the inactives list is safety Minkah Fitzpatrick, who’s been out since suffering a hamstring injury in Week 8, officially set to make his return in Week 13.

Here’s a look at the Week 13 inactives for the Steelers and Cardinals.

Steelers Week 13 inactives

  • QB Mason Rudolph (3rd QB)
  • DT Montravius Adams
  • RB Anthony McFarland
  • CB Darius Rush
  • LB Blake Martinez
  • OT Dylan Cook

The biggest surprise on the Steelers’ Week 13 inactives list was defensive tackle Montravius Adams, who will miss his fourth consecutive game with an ankle injury suffered in Week 9’s win over the Titans. It seemed a possibility that Adams would make a return in Week 13 after logging two full practice sessions on Wednesday and Thursday. However, he was downgraded to a limited participant Friday and subsequently listed as questionable — the only player with an official injury designation heading into the weekend.

Once again, rookie Keeanu Benton will get the start in his place, whose 72.6 PFF defensive grade ranks fourth among Steelers defenders with 250+ snaps this season. Benton has racked up the fourth most pressures among Steelers defenders this season, including nine hurries, five QB hits and a sack so far in 2023.

Cardinals Week 13 inactives

  • WR Zach Pascal
  • WR Michael Wilson
  • CB Starling Thomas V
  • CB Antonio Hamilton
  • OT Dennis Dalye
  • TE Blake Whiteheart

The Cardinals received some positive news Sunday as well, as their top receiving options, wide receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown (heel) and tight end Trey McBride (groin), will both be active for Week 13. The team already ruled out rookie Michael Wilson ahead of the weekend, who’s been managing a shoulder injury.