PITTSBURGH — Starting inside linebacker Devin Bush Jr. and starting cornerback Joe Haden will both miss the Steelers’ Week 2 game against the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday.
Both Bush and Haden were added to the team’s injury report on Friday as limited participants and officially listed as questionable. Both have groin injuries.
Robert Spillane will be expected to replace Bush, as he did when Bush missed the second half of the 2020 season with a knee injury. Joe Schobert is the other starter, while Marcus Allen, Ulysees Gilbert III and Buddy Johnson provide depth.
Second-year corner James Pierre will make his first career start in place of Haden, alongside Cam Sutton at boundary cornerback. Tre Norwood and Arthur Maulet will continue to be slot options, while Justin Layne will back up the outside corners and move into the lineup if Sutton shifts inside to the slot, as he did at times in Week 1.
Tight end Zach Gentry, who was also added to the injury report on Friday as a limited participant with an ankle injury, will dress and play.
Nose tackle Carlos Davis had already been ruled out with a knee injury. Isaiahh Loudermilk will be active for his first NFL game to replace Davis along the defensive line.
Quarterback Dwayne Haskins and guard Rashaad Coward are the team’s healthy scratches.
For the Raiders, tight end Nick Bowers, guard Richie Incognito (calf), running back Josh Jacobs (toe/ankle), linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski (concussion), guard Jordan Simmons, defensive tackle Damion Square and safety Roderic Teamer (ankle) are all inactive. The banged-up Raiders also placed guard Denzelle Good, quarterback Marcus Mariota and defensive tackle Gerald McCoy on the practice squad this week.
John Simpson will start at left guard in place of Incognito at left guard. Jermaine Eluemunor will start at right guard in place of Good. Quinton Jefferson or Solomon Thomas will replace McCoy at defensive tackle.
The Raiders added linebacker Marquel Lee, guard Lester Cotton and running back Trey Ragas from the practice squad.