Steelers to go with full set of WRs in season opener vs. Browns
CLEVELAND – The Steelers will dress six wide receivers and, with Le’Veon Bell’s continued absence, all three running backs Sunday for their season opener against the Cleveland Browns.
The inactive list featured quarterback Mason Rudolph, cornerback Coty Sensabaugh, safety Marcus Allen, offensive linemen Matt Feiler and Zach Banner, tight end Vance McDonald and defensive end L.T. Walton.
James Conner will start at running back in place of Bell, who lost out on a weekly game check of about $855,000 by not reporting to the team by Saturday afternoon.
Josh Dobbs will be the backup at quarterback behind Ben Roethlisberger.
McDonald was ruled out Friday because of a foot injury. He was the only player on the team’s injury report heading into the game.
With Walton sitting out, the Steelers will dress nose tackle Daniel McCullers among the defensive linemen. McCullers was active for only six games last season.
The threat of severe weather produced by tropical storm Gordon apparently wasn’t as bad as originally feared and should have little impact on the playing conditions at FirstEnergy Stadium.
It lightly rained in Cleveland throughout the morning, but it had slowed to a drizzle when grounds crew removed the tarp at around 11 a.m.
Joe Rutter is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Joe at [email protected] or via Twitter @tribjoerutter.