Steelers inactives for game at Colts

Posted Nov 12, 2017

Who is in, who is out this week for the Steelers as they take on the Indianapolis Colts.

After dealing with week after week of starters hitting the inactive list, the Steelers go into today’s game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium with a full complement of starters ready to go.

James Harrison is the only inactive who was on the injury report this week, as he missed practice all week with a back injury.

The other inactives are similar to those from the season-opener against the Cleveland Browns and are all healthy scratches because of the overall health of the team.

Quarterback Joshua Dobbs, receiver Justin Hunter, and linemen Jerald Hawkins and Matt Feiler all inactive on the offensive side of the ball. On defense the other two inactives will be cornerback Brian Allen and nose tackle Daniel McCullers.

Martavis Bryant is active this week, after being inactive against the Lions for comments made on social media.  

Both Marcus Gilbert and Stephon Tuitt return to action this week after missing considerable time this season.

Gilbert was inactive for the Bears, Ravens and Jaguars game, but returned to play against the Chiefs. He left the game early, though, a result of the hamstring bothering him. He missed the Bengals and Lions games after that.

“I never had a hamstring injury before,” said Gilbert. “Dealing with it, I tried to rush myself back. I felt so good. I realized I wasn’t good, I tweaked it again. I tried to come back again, I didn’t handle it the right way.

“This isn’t a big guy injury, this is a small man’s injury. I got some advice from those guys and took the right steps to get myself back on the field.”

It’s been a frustrating season to date for Gilbert, who wants nothing more than to be on the field with his teammates.

“You have goals, personal goals and team goals, and you aren’t able to complete them being on the sideline,” said Gilbert. “The guys did a heck of a job. Chris Hubbard filled in at a high level. I just have to pick up where he left off.”

He isn’t alone in feeling that frustration. Tuitt suffered a biceps injury in the season-opener against Cleveland, then missed the next two games against Minnesota and Chicago. He returned for three games, but missed the Cincinnati and Detroit games with a back injury.

“I love to be on the field. I love to play,” said Tuitt. “You know I love to play. I just wasn’t able to go.”

Tuitt said the back injury flared up a few weeks ago when he was working out, and the key was not rushing back and risking further damage.

“I am a hard worker. I work hard,” said Tuitt. “I go so hard sometimes I have to calm down. I messed myself up working out.

“I wanted to get fully healed. I had a series of things that happened to me in the first few games. I didn’t want to rush back and cause any more damage. At the end of the day I was healing really well, but we have the second half of the season and that is when they need me most. We took the time to heal the injury and come back strong like I did today.”

Tuitt said he feels lucky his injury wasn’t more serious than it was, and he can’t wait to get back on the field on Sunday.

“I am blessed. If you watch what has been going on this season, a lot of people have been going down,” said Tuitt. “Football is a physical game. I had a lot of snaps. It’s bound to happen. You get hit sooner or later. I got hit early in the season. I overcame those. There was down time. My teammates helped me. I am back stronger than ever.”

The Steelers also are getting back Vance McDonald, who missed the Lions game with a knee injury.

Here are the players who will be inactive when the Steelers take on the Colts.

Steelers Inactives
No. 5 QB Joshua Dobbs
No. 11 WR Justin Hunter
No. 29 CB Brian Allen
No. 65 OT Jerald Hawkins
No. 71 OT Matt Feiler
No. 92 LB James Harrison
No. 93 DT Daniel McCullers

Colts Inactives
No. 17 WR Kamar Aiken
No. 34 RB Matt Jones
No. 37    CB D.J. White
No. 51 OLB John Simon
No. 62    T Le'Raven Clark
No. 63 G Isaiah Williams
No. 65 T Tyreek Burwell