We’re less than an hour away from getting underway now, the Steelers among the last teams to play for opening week as they pay a visit to the New England Patriots.
There’s nothing shocking on the inactive front, though a couple of things worth noting. The Steelers chose to dress six wide receivers, including rookie Diontae Johnson, instead opting to sit tight end Zach Gentry, so there are only two tight ends active. The team has done this a couple times before with Xavier Grimble. Additionally, Zach Banner is dressing over Chukwuma Okorafor as the swing tackle.
For the Patriots, Kyle Van Noy is an inactive because his wife is in labor. Demaryius Thomas is also sitting as he continues to recover from injury. The tight end LaCosse is dressing despite missing the past several weeks due to injury, one of two tight ends dressing.