With the Friday injury report now out for the Pittsburgh Steelers week 5 Sunday game at Heinz Field against the Philadelphia Eagles it is now time to look at the projected inactive list for the game.
The inactive list will likely include a few new names on it this weekend with linebacker James Harrison, safety Troy Polamalu, running back Rashard Mendenhall, and linebacker Stevenson Sylvester all set to suit up on Sunday.
The inactive list is announced 90 minutes prior to kickoff and we will have them posted on the site as soon as they are announced.
Charlie Batch – Nothing will change in regards to the quarterback depth chart this week, so that means Batch will once again be down.
Alameda Ta\’amu – With both Casey Hampton and Steve McLendon still healthy, Ta\’amu can also expect to see the inactive list for a fourth straight game.
Kelvin Beachum – Beachum was active for the game against the Oakland Raiders as Mike Adams was out with a back problem. Adams was not listed on the injury report following the bye week, so his return will force the Steelers seventh round draft pick back to the inactive list.
Adrian Robinson – With both Harrison and Sylvester now expected to suit up for the first time this season, it likely means that Robinson will be inactive for the first time this season. Sylvester will fill his role on special teams.
Robert Golden – Now that Polamalu and Ryan Clark will be back on the field together for the first time this season, Golden will likely be the odd man out and listed as inactive. The only other possible player that could go in this spot would be DeMarcus Van Dyke, but he has played well on special teams as a gunner since his arrival.
Al Woods – The Steelers defensive line is healthy and with two linebackers returning to action, it likely means that Woods can expect to be on the inactive list quite a bit moving forward. Woods has seen the field for all of 11 snaps on defense through the first 3 games and is an obvious choice to be down moving forward.
Jonathan Dwyer – With Mendenhall scheduled to make his season debut, the Steelers will likely continue to dress four running backs. Dwyer did not see playing time following his fumble in the game against the Raiders, so he is the strongest candidate to be inactive for this game. Baron Batch contributes quite a bit on special teams, and both he and Chris Rainey will more than likely serve as third down and change of pace backs against the Eagles and back up both Mendenhall and Isaac Redman.