Four Steelers players have been ruled out of Sunday’s Week 5 matchup with the Denver Broncos, including defensive starter Cam Sutton.
Sutton, the team’s starting outside cornerback that also plays in the slot in sub packages, did not practice at all this week after suffering a groin injury in the fourth quarter of the Steelers’ loss at Green Bay on Sunday.
Sutton will be likely replaced by James Pierre on the outside and a combination of Arthur Maulet and Tre Norwood in the slot.
The Steelers will also be without wide receiver James Washington, who was in the primary lineup each of the last two weeks. Washington also suffered a groin injury, with his coming during the week of practice leading up to the Broncos game.
Starting outside receiver Chase Claypool, who missed the Green Bay game with a hamstring injury, does not have an injury designation after being a full participant in practice Friday. Claypool will rejoin Diontae Johnson and JuJu Smith-Schuster in the starting lineup.
It seems likely that Cody White will be promoted from the practice squad to serve as outside receiver depth. White will need to be placed on the 53-man roster in order for him to dress on Sunday after spending two weeks as a gameday activation from the practice squad.
Nose tackle Carlos Davis returned to practice on Friday as a limited participating for the first time since the season opener against Buffalo, when he suffered a knee injury. But the one day of limited work won’t be enough for Davis to get back on the field and he has been ruled out for Sunday against Denver. Isaiah Buggs will once again be the Steelers’ top nose tackle.
Guard Rashaad Coward has also been ruled out with an ankle injury. Coward was limited in practice on Wednesday and Friday and did not practice on Thursday.
Guard Kevin Dotson, who suffered a hip injury against Green Bay, was a full participant for the second straight day on Friday and is expected to start.