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Steelers Without Five Key Players vs. Ravens



Steelers G James Daniels
Pittsburgh Steelers guard James Daniels at training camp on Aug. 4, 2023. -- Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

PITTSBURGH — The Steelers come into their matchup against the Baltimore Ravens battered and bruised. Among their inactives are five key players who play regular rotational or starter roles. Mainly, that has hit Pittsburgh hard on the offensive line, where starting right guard James Daniels and left tackle Dan Moore Jr. are out with groin and knee injuries, respectively. Broderick Jones and Nate Herbig will get starts in their place.

Tight end Pat Freiermuth will miss his first game of the season with a hamstring injury he suffered against the Texans. Pittsburgh expects him to miss multiple weeks. That clears the way for Darnell Washington to get the first start of his rookie campaign with the team.

Defensive end DeMarvin Leal is out with a concussion. Rookie Keeanu Benton will start with Larry Ogunjobi and Montravius Adams in base packages. Meanwhile, nose tackle Breiden Fehoko will make his season debut against the Ravens, someone that the Steelers believe is made for matchups like this one.

Punter Pressley Harvin III remains out with a hamstring injury. Brad Wing was elevated from the practice squad and will play for the team after averaging 47.6 yards per punt against the Texans. Mason Rudolph remains the emergency third quarterback. Lastly, running back Godwin Igwebuike, who the team signed off the Falcons practice squad weeks ago, is again inactive. Wide receiver Gunner Olszewski is active after being inactive for the last two games.