Steelers Versus Jaguars: Divisional Game Projected Inactive List

The Pittsburgh Steelers will play the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday afternoon at Heinz Field in an AFC Divisional Round playoff game. The winner of the game will advance to the AFC Championship game while the losing team will have their season abruptly end. As usual, I will attempt to project the seven inactives for Sunday’s game and below is my best guess as to which seven players won’t be given helmets at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.

Game inactives are officially announced 90 minutes before kickoff, so make sure you check back at that time to see the names of the players for both teams who will be sitting the game out.

Joshua Dobbs – Dobbs finally dressed for the first time this season back in Week 17, the Steelers finale against the Cleveland Browns as starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was held out of that game in order to save him for the playoffs. While Dobbs did dress for that game, the rookie didn’t see any action during the contest and on Sunday against the Jaguars he’ll return to the inactive list.

Daniel McCullers – Like Dobbs, McCullers dressed for the Steelers regular season finale against the Browns as the team held out starting defensive end Cameron Heyward in order to preserve him for the playoffs. McCullers will more than likely return to the inactive list on Sunday as the team is only likely to dress five defensive linemen in total.

Matt Feiler – Feiler also dressed for the regular season finale against the Browns and even started at right guard in place of David DeCastro. However, with backup interior offensive lineman B.J. Finney expected to be healthy on Sunday, Feiler will likely be one of the Steelers seven inactive players.

Jerald Hawkins – Hawkins also dressed and played some in the Week 17 game against the Browns as he was one of the seven offensive linemen the Steelers chose to suit up for that contest. Hawkins, however, will likely join Feiler on the inactive list on Sunday.

Justin Hunter – Assuming wide receiver Antonio Brown returns Sunday from the calf injury that has sidelined him since Week 15, Hunter will likely find his name on the inactive list again. Hunter dressed for the two games that Brown missed with his injury.

J.J. Wilcox – Wilcox has found himself in the dog house since registering multiple penalties on special teams back in Week 13. The backup safety has been inactive for several games since then and will likely find his name on the list once again on Sunday against the Jaguars.

Coty Sensabaugh – Sensabaugh has seemingly been passed on the cornerback depth chart by rookie Cameron Sutton. That demotion, combined with the Steelers now being a relatively healthy team, will likely result in Sensabaugh being one of the team’s seven inactive players Sunday afternoon at Heinz Field.


  • Michael Mosgrove

    id start hawkins over hubbard. hawkins needs snaps and hubbard will be gone in the offseason.

  • Reader783

    Our goal is to win the Superbowl, not play a preseason game and develop a player…we have camp for that

  • blue

    Sensabum without a helmet is a plus.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    yes, and getting people who are inexperienced and going to be with the organization some experience is more important than keeping mother hubbard who is an average player at best and isnt going to be here in the future. but thats just my opinion.

  • Emiliano Castrejón

    Why not play Landry Jones? Big Ben could retire next offseason and LJ needs the snaps.

  • Steeler Nation!

    Hubbard is the better player, he hasn’t gone anywhere yet, and we are trying to win a Super Bowl. Next year is a long way off, and Hawkins may not be part of the solution then either.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    because hawkins and hubbard are on the same level. lets not be ridiculous. landry is a decent qb but you go with your best chance.
    its scientific. all things being equal and hubbard and hawkins being similar levels right now, you go with the person who is going to be around.

  • SteelerDieHard

    Lol, sure, let’s worry about game reps during the playoffs. He’ll have all offseason, preseason and next year to worry about that. He won’t even be a starter next year, can’t worry about game reps for next years backup during the playoffs. Wth?!

  • Reader783

    I guess you missed Hubbard play very well in relief of Gilbert all season.


  • Michael Mosgrove

    god forbid i have a dissenting opinion. i never said others had to believe or choose what i did. i said my opinion was to start hawkins over hubbard.

  • AndyR34

    And Michael, your opinion/strategy would be wrong…with 32 NFL head coaches and 300+ College coaches agreeing with everyone else. Nothing wrong with a dissenting opinion…not admitting you are wrong is the only ‘crime’.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    that therein likes the philosophical difference between myself and many of the posters here.

    opinions do not make facts.

    what you basically said, is if everyone else believes it, it is better to go with them and not question it.

    I question everything in life. i never make assumptions.

    yes it could very well be correct that they start hubbard over hawkins, the front office and team do like him. that necessarily does not make it the right choice.

    people make mistakes. i am not even saying what i believe is the right choice.

    what i am doing by stating my opinion is that i am open to the possibilitiy that hawkins might be a wiser choice.

    many, many, many very wise people have said to look at what the masses do and go the other way/ find your own way. they don’t mean to go against the grain to merely go against the grain. they mean to find your own truth, and while it may be easier to go with the masses, it does not make them correct.

  • Chad H

    I respect your opinion. But I’m also thanking God your are not the Steelers head coach!

  • #beatthejags/pats

    Hawkins is not ready , shouldn’t have made the team over mihalik. Will Struggle to make the roster next year. Look at his play not his draft status, he is terrible.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    he’s not terrible. he’s inexperienced. he has progressed when given snaps. i could care less about his draft status. mihalik is weak in handskills.

  • heath miller

    hubbard is better then hawkins.. you play your best available players .. damn HEEEATH

  • heath miller

    lol thats what i told him .. you play your best players .. NOW

  • heath miller

    lol … dont give michael more ideas … he will think u are serious and that thats a good idea ..

  • heath miller

    same level… seriously .. have you ever seen the 2 play? same level at what? checkers? wing eating contest? towel slappin in the locker room…. becausse it sure a sh*t isnt football… where do you come up with this stuff? you say all things being equal .. but.. THEY ARE NOT EQUAL .. damn HEEEATTH

  • heath miller

    i think he missed the last 4 seasons .. damn

  • Jaybird

    Might as well get Dobbs some reps in today along with Hawkins. Lol.

  • SteelerDieHard

    Lol, checkers !

  • SteelerDieHard

    Because Michael, opinions are fine, and when arguments are close nobody disrespects or backlashes too hard (well, almost nobody, lol).
    But sometimes when guys (my dad is famous for this honestly) State opinions that are SO far out there, and so illogical, it just drives people nuts and makes them want to pull our hair out! Hubbard is about to receive a very lucrative contract offer from a lot of team this offseason. If we were to cut Hawkins right now, he would NOT get anywhere near that attention.
    It’s not to say that down the road Hawkins may end up a better player, but even you said it, it’s because of experience. Hubs played well this year in place of Gilbert, and got a lot of experience and played well. Hawkins barely saw the field – which is what everyone is saying .. right now, in the playoffs, elimination football, Hubbard is the better player with the more experience.. so he HAS to be the one who goes in over Hawkins. We just don’t see how you could logically disagree with any of that.
    (But I’m always amazed that my dad does when presented tons of logical arguments, so … lol)

  • #beatthejags/pats

    Watch the film room piece on Hawkins and maybe you will rethink your opinion.

  • heath miller

    hell.. anything but FB SMH lol

  • Stairway7

    You must think jscksonvilles front 7 is s joke. Hawkins is no where near primetime

  • Stairway7

    Hawkins and Hubbard are not at the same level. Did you watch any games hubbard played in this year?

  • Smitty 6788

    I don’t want to see either of them unless its an injury. Makes no sense to play either of them over our skilled guys.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    Did I say That? No. Starting here is in terms of in a backup role vs sitting inactive, not stsrting ahead of gilbert or al.