The Steelers have ruled linebacker Mark Barron, fullback Roosevelt Nix and quarterback Mason Rudolph out for this Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers, while cornerback Steve Nelson is questionable.
Rudolph, who suffered a concussion in Sunday’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens, was limited in practice all three days this week and remains in the NFL’s concussion protocol. He will be replaced by rookie Devlin Hodges.
Barron injured his hamstring against Baltimore and did not practice this week. His role will be absorbed by fellow inside linebackers Devin Bush and Vince Williams, with backup Tyler Matakevich also seeing an increase in playing time.
Nix hasn’t played since the season opening against New England with a knee injury and also did not practice this week. Defensive lineman Tyson Alualu played fullback against the Ravens.
Nelson injured his groin against the Ravens and was a limited participant in practice this week. If he can’t play, Artie Burns would start in his place at outside cornerback.
The Steelers will also be without running back Jaylen Samuels, who is expected to miss a month after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery on Monday and wide receiver James Washington, who is expected to miss multiple weeks with an AC joint injury to his left shoulder.
Nickel corner Mike Hilton, who was listed with a foot injury as a limited participant on Thursday, practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play. So is outside linebacker Anthony Chickillo, who returned to practice fully on Thursday after missing several weeks with plantar fasciitis in his right foot.