The Pittsburgh Steelers will play the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday and are on track to start the 2022 regular season, and if you’re like me, you’re counting down the hours until the game begins. As usual, I’ll try to show the Steelers idle in every game of the 2022 season and below is my best guess as to which players won’t get helmets on Sunday against the Bengals.
The game is officially declared inactive 90 minutes before kick-off, so be sure to check back at that time for the players’ names for both teams that will be playing the match. Also, the new roster rules make this exercise more challenging as the team can raise up to players from their coaching teams to their active playlist of games. A team can also wear up to 48 players for matches if eight men are dressed.
QB Mason Rudolph Rudolph started the 2022 season as the third quarterback in the Steelers series behind Mitch Trubisky and Kenny Beckett. Head coach Mike Tomlin said on Tuesday the team would not wear third quarter-backs on Sunday against the Bengals, and that statement certainly came as no surprise. The last time Rudolf Gem was inactive was in the sixth week of the 2019 season and that was because he had a concussion. As long as Rudolph remains on the roster this season and assuming both Trubisky and Pickett remain in good health, he will likely be on a somewhat under-active roster throughout the 2022 roster.
J. Kendrick Green – Having been the team’s starting position for most of the junior season, Green has since been transferred to the left guard. He lost his starting point to Kevin Dotson during pre-season and has since added versatile forward Jesse Davis via a cut-day deal. Green is the one trick pony as he begins his second season in the NFL and with only eight men set to dress up on Sunday against the Bengals, odds are good he’ll be the only one not dressed. If that’s the case, Davis will likely serve as the Steelers’ swing guard against the Bengals.
De Isaiah Laudermilk The Steelers typically wear only five offensive personnel for matches in situations where 53-man rosters are used. They currently have seven defensive linemen on their roster of 53 players, so the odds are probably good because two of those players are sitting as health scratchers. Loudermilk was dealing with a rib injury during pre-season that limited his surprise totals. I think he could be one of the defensive line players who will be ineffective against the Bengals.
DD Marvin Lil – Again, if the Steelers only wore five defensive men on Sunday, two of the seven would be inactive. Leal is just a rookie so he may be asked to sit back and watch the first several weeks of the season as he continues to learn defense. He and Loudermilk have both inactive.
WR Stephen Sims – The Steelers will likely be looking to wear just five wide receivers on Sunday against the Bengals. If that’s the case, Sims would probably be the odd man out because his special teams value only as a payee, a job that fellow wide receiver Gunner Olszewski has. If Sims becomes inactive, this should give rookie insider Mark Robinson a chance to dress up against the Bengals and help out with special teams.