For a second consecutive week, the Pittsburgh Steelers have decided to dress eight offensive linemen as both tackle Guy Whimper and Cody Wallace are not listed as pregame inactives for the Sunday game against the Oakland Raiders. Also active is tackle Marcus Gilbert, who has been battling a quad injury the last few weeks.
Like last week, the Steelers will likely use Mike Adams as an extra tight end in an effort to help the running game. Adams played 20 snaps in the win over the Baltimore Ravens.
As far as the other inactives, cornerback Curtis Brown remains in the Mike Tomlin doghouse. Tomlin called out Brown this past week during his press conference for his poor play on special teams and that does not bode well for the former third-round draft pick.
Linebacker Kion Wilson, who was promoted back to the 53 man roster this past week, is also inactive this week and that means the team is very comfortable with the health of starter Lawrence Timmons, who broke his left hand last week in the win over the Ravens.
After missing the game last week against the Ravens because of a concussion, rookie linebacker Jarvis Jones is back in the lineup this week.