The Steelers and Ravens have until 12:30 to make any additional roster moves in advance of Wednesday afternoon’s game, but Baltimore’s two running backs that might be able to be activated reportedly will not.
NBC sideline reporter Michele Tafoya said on the Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday morning that J.K. Dobbins and Mark Ingram, who are eligible to be removed from the COVID-19 reserve list, will not be activated in time for the 3:40 p.m. kickoff.
The two backs did not travel with the team to Pittsburgh on Tuesday night, as they were still in isolation and could not be with the rest of the team. The Ravens had reportedly considered flying the two backs to Pittsburgh by themselves on Wednesday morning in order to get them in the lineup.
Gus Edwards will start at running back without the duo, while Justice Hill will back him up.
The Steelers could also make a late transaction to shore up their running back room, if they choose to. Starter James Conner (COVID-19) list and backups Jaylen Samuels (hamstring) and Trey Edmunds (quad/injured reserve) are all out for the game.
The team could promote practice squad running back Wendell Smallwood for the first time this season to give them a three-man backfield.
The Steelers are also expected to be without starting defensive end Stephon Tuitt and backup tackle Jerald Hawkins, who remain on the COVID-19 reserve list. Cornerback Joe Haden is questionable with a knee injury.