The Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals are due to square off at 1:00 p.m. EDT Sunday, and both teams have put the final touches on their game day rosters, releasing their respective inactive lists.
The Steelers had some tough decisions to make this week, as only Darrius Heyward-Bey (foot) and Shamarko Thomas (concussion) were ruled out of the Week 15 game. That means the team would have to make 5 more players inactive, and some decisions were easier than others.
Nonetheless, the Steelers inactive list is as follows:
Inactives for @Steelers: WR Ayers, QB Mettenberger, RB Richardson, T Mihalik, WR Heyward-Bey, RB DWilliams, SS Thomas— Bob Labriola (@BobLabriola) December 18, 2016
Steelers Inactive List:
WR Demarcus Ayers (healthy scratch)
QB Zach Mettenberger (healthy scratch)
RB Daryl Richardson (healthy scratch)
WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (foot)
SS Shamarko Thomas (concussion)
RB DeAngelo Williams (knee)
The Steelers will go into the game with just Le’Veon Bell and Fitzgerald Toussaint as their only running backs, but have done so the past few weeks. Williams will miss his 6th consecutive game, and rookie 7th round pick Demarcus Ayers, who was recently promoted to the 53-man roster this week, won’t see his first game this week as he too is inactive.
It should be noted A.J. Green is inactive for the Bengals.
The Steelers and Bengals kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m. EDT. Stay with BTSC throughout the game with updates on the score, injuries and any other developments. Following the game will be immediate coverage of the game.