The Steelers inactives in opposition to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as of late are a right away mirrored image of the staff’s harm document this week.
Four defensive backs, protection Minkah Fitzpatrick and cornerbacks Cam Sutton, Levi Wallace and Ahkello Witherspoon are all inactive.
Fitzpatrick has been coping with a knee harm the previous couple of weeks, despite the fact that he did play in opposition to the Bills on Sunday. Sutton has been coping with a hamstring harm, and whilst he used to be in a position to start out in opposition to the Bills final week, he wasn’t in a position to complete the sport. Witherspoon has overlooked the final two video games with a hamstring harm and nonetheless is not again at the box. Wallace suffered a concussion in opposition to the Bills and continues to be within the protocol.
Tight finish Pat Freiermuth, who’s within the concussion protocol, has been dominated out for the sport. Freiermuth suffered a concussion in opposition to the Buffalo Bills final week.
With Freiermuth out, rookie tight finish Connor Heyward is predicted to peer extra enjoying time. Heyward mentioned this week that he were given extra snaps in follow, one thing that helped him get ready for regardless of the workload goes to be.
“I feel like it gave me a jump for Sunday,” mentioned Heyward. “You practice like you play. Go out there and practice the game plan. It has to carry out throughout the week.”
Heyward mentioned he already has a excellent rapport with quarterback Kenny Pickett, either one of them coming in in combination on this 12 months’s rookie elegance and getting quite a few reps with each and every different early on.
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“I think like from time to time he is aware of the place I’m going to be. We have the similar mindset and really feel for the sport. That comes from having reps in combination within the preseason, minicamp and coaching camp.”
The Steelers made multiple roster moves on Saturday, including signing cornerback Josh Jackson to the 53-man roster from the practice squad. Jackson is active today.
Jackson was previously elevated to the Active/Inactive roster for the Week 4 game against the New York Jets and Week 5 against the Buffalo Bills, seeing action in both games. He had a fumble recovery in the end zone against the Bills. Jackson was signed to the Steelers practice squad on Sept. 5. Prior to joining the Steelers, he was with the Arizona Cardinals, where he was signed in 2022 offseason but was released on the final roster cut.
The Steelers also elevated safety Elijah Riley and cornerback Quincy Wilson to the Active/Inactive Roster and both are active today.
Riley was also elevated to the Active/Inactive Roster for the Bills game. Riley was claimed off waivers from the New York Jets during training camp. He started the last seven games in 2021 for the Jets, after he was signed off the Philadelphia Eagles practice squad. He finished with 45 tackles and three tackles for a loss.
Wilson was signed to the Steelers practice squad prior to the team’s Week 3 game versus Cleveland. Wilson has played in 32 games, 11 starts, in his five years in the NFL, including three seasons with the Indianapolis Colts and one with the New York Jets. He spent the 2021 season on the New York Giants Reserve/Injured List. He has 61 career tackles, 49 of them solo stops, two interceptions, eight passes defensed and a fumble recovery.
Also inactive today are quarterback Mason Rudolph and guard Kendrick Green.
The complete listing of inactives is beneath.