Things just keep getting worse for the Steelers' defense. Aaron Smith's trip to the injured reserve last this week punctuates the already graphic losses of OLB James Harrison and NT Casey Hampton.
Sam Bradford is one of six quarterbacks who started last week and will not do so this week, and the Vikings are in especially bad shape. Cornerback Chris Cook is out after his arrest for domestic assault, and Antoine Winfield is out for the third straight week with a neck injury. Not a good time to be facing Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.
Here are all the late-game inactives; thanks as always to Brian McIntyre at Mac's Football Blog.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Arizona Cardinals
Pittsburgh: QB Dennis Dixon, RB Jonathan Dwyer, C/G Doug Legursky, DT Casey Hampton, NT Chris Hoke, LB James Harrison, LB Jason Worilds
Arizona: QB Richard Bartel, RB Chester Taylor, TE Todd Heap, TE Jim Dray, T D'Anthony Batiste, DE Ronald Talley, S Kerry Rhodes
Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders
Kansas City: QB Ricky Stanzi, WR Jeremy Horne, WR Jerheme Urban, T Steve Maneri, NT Jerrell Powe, DE Brandon Bair, S Reshard Langford
Oakland: QB Jason Campbell, FB Marcel Reece, WR Chaz Schilens, G Bruce Campbell, CB Chimdi Chekwa, CB Chris Johnson, K Sebastian Janikowski
St. Louis Rams at Dallas Cowboys
St. Louis: QB Sam Bradford, RB Jerious Norwood, WR Brandon Gibson, TE Stephen Spach, DE C.J. Ah You, LB Ben Leber, CB Brian Jackson
Dallas: QB Stephen McGee, RB Felix Jones, G Derrick Dockery, G David Arkin, G Daniel Loper, DE Jason Hatcher, K David Buehler
Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings
Green Bay: T Chad Clifton, G Ray Dominguez, DE Mike Neal, LB Jamari Lattimore, LB Robert Francois, LB Frank Zombo, CB Sam Shields
Minnesota: WR Bernard Berrian, T DeMarcus Love, C John Sullivan, DE D'Aundre Reed, CB Chris Cook, CB Antoine Winfield, S Jamarca Sanford