The (6-4) Pittsburgh Steelers return from their bye week on Sunday to play the (5-5) Seattle Seahawks on the road in what figures to be a tightly contested game. As usual, here is my weekly guess at what the seven-player inactive list might look like when it is released 90 minutes before kickoff.
Mike Vick – With it looking like Landry Jones is ready to go after suffering an ankle injury in the Week 10 win over the Cleveland Browns, one would think that Vick will remain the inactive quarterback against the Seahawks. Vick hasn’t dressed since he injured his hamstring in the game against the Arizona Cardinals.
Byron Stingily – Stingily still hasn’t dressed for a game since he was signed and the numbers say that’s not going to change on Sunday against the Seahawks as Chris Hubbard should continue to serve as the team’s swing offensive lineman this weekend.
L.T. Walton – Being as the other defensive linemen are all healthy, there’s no reason for Walton to dress on Sunday.
Doran Grant – Grant dressed for the first time a few weeks ago but it looks like the numbers will dictate him being down again on Sunday being as safety Shamarko Thomas should be back this week.
Matt Spaeth – It really is tough to guess which way the Steelers will go will Spaeth, who ended the week listed as questionable. While the veteran tight end did practice fully on Friday, he was limited on Thursday. I’ll guess that Spaeth will be down one more week and that rookie Jesse James will once again dress in his place. If Spaeth does dress, it might wind up costing James a helmet.
Anthony Chickillo – With it looking like linebackers James Harrison and Terence Garvin will both be able to return this week, Chickillo figures to be the linebacker that would lose out because of that. Garvin is regarded as a much better special teams player while Harrison would give the defense four outside linebackers against the Seahawks.
Fitzgerald Toussaint – The Steelers promoted Toussaint from the practice squad on Friday. While the timing of that transaction was quite peculiar, there’s still no guarantee the young running back dresses on Sunday as the team never dressed Isaiah Pead as a No. 3 ball carrier during his brief time on the roster.