The Steelers will make wide receiver Gunner Olszewski inactive on Sunday in a surprise move, giving a helmet to Dez Fitzpatrick over Olszewski, who is returning from a concussion. Olszewski had a questionable play on the kickoff return team and fumbled the ball against the Browns, seemingly leading to the demotion. Fitzpatrick will get a helmet for the first time in his Steelers career. Desmond King will be the kick returner for the second straight week.
Other inactives include nose tackle Breiden Fehoko, who has yet to get a helmet on gameday. Punter Pressley Harvin III is out, and Brad Wing will play after his elevation from the practice squad. This will be Wing’s first NFL game in six years. He last punted in the NFL for the New York Giants in 2017. Starting right guard James Daniels is also out, with Nate Herbig making his first start for the Steelers.
Mason Rudolph is the third quarterback yet again. He can play if Kenny Pickett and Mitch Trubisky both suffer injuries. Lastly, running back Godwin Igwebuike will be out. That means the Steelers will head into the game with only two running backs, though Connor Heyward as acted as both a tight end and running back at different points this summer.
For the Texans, tackles Josh Jones and Laremy Tunsil are out, while crucial defensive starters Tavierre Thomas and Denzel Perryman will sit. Ther are a bevy of others that are on injured reserve and will miss time for the Texans also.