The Pittsburgh Steelers will play their third game of the 2015 season on the road Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome against the St. Louis Rams as they look to stack another win on top of their first one from last week. As usual, here is my best guess as to what the Steelers list of inactives will look like prior to the game. Inactives aren’t announced until 90 minutes before kickoff, so check back on the site around that time for the official lists from both teams.
Landry Jones – Sunday will mark the 35th straight regular-season game that Jones has been inactive for and there’s no sign that streak will be ending soon. As of right now, all of our passing stats are equal with Jones’ numbers.
Ryan Shazier – I really thought that Shazier would power right through the shoulder injury that he suffered late in the game last week and especially being as he played it down afterwards. That stinger must be worse than a stinger and it certainly is starting to worry me that Shazier can’t stay healthy for long stretches of games. Hard to believe he never missed a game in college. Shazier was ruled out on the Friday injury report.
Daniel McCullers – If you saw the clip by Erik Pears last Sunday on McCullers, you know that the large nose tackle definitely dodged a bullet as that very well could’ve resulted in a season-ending injury. McCullers was unable to practice this week, however, so he was ruled out on the Friday injury report and thus won’t dress Sunday against the Rams.
Caushaud Lyons – With McCullers ruled out, rookie L.T. Walton figures to be the favorite to dress in his place being as the Steelers like to have five healthy defensive linemen up for games. If Walton is indeed the choice, Lyons, who is also a rookie, will more than likely be inactive once again.
Chris Hubbard – Being as Hubbard hasn’t dressed for a game so far this season, there’s no reason to think he will get a helmet Sunday against the Rams. Doug Legursky has been dressing as the reserve interior offensive lineman and that’s likely to continue.
Jesse James – As long as Roosevelt Nix and Will Johnson remain healthy, James, the Steelers rookie fifth-round draft pick out of Penn State, is going to find it hard to get a helmet on game days. Barring injuries, James could spend his entire rookie season on the team’s inactive list.
Cortez Allen – With Allen ending the week listed as questionable after only being limited in practice on both Thursday and Friday, you have to think he will be held out for a second week in a row. Like Shazier, Allen’s inability to stay healthy for long stretches certainly is concerning. I will be shocked if he gets a helmet Sunday.