Updated: Dec 25, 2021
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The Steelers travel to Kansas City this weekend to face-off against the AFC leading Chiefs (10-4), who are on a seven game winning streak. The Steelers will be without two starters, as rookie tight end Pat Freiermuth (concussion) and defensive lineman Chris Wormely (groin) have been ruled out for Sunday's game. Inside linebacker Buddy Johnson (foot) has also been ruled out.
Freiermuth suffered a concussion in the third quarter against the Titans on Sunday, and he wasn't able to practice all week. It's the second concussion that Freiermuth has suffered within the last month. Wormley suffered his groin injury against Tennessee as well, and rookie Isaiahh Loudermilk is expected to fill in for him.
Johnson was a full participant early in the week but was limited on Friday and has been ruled out for the second consecutive game. The Steelers could be thin at the inside linebacker position as Devin Bush and Marcus Allen are on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Along with Bush and Allen, offensive tackle Zach Banner was also placed on the COVID list on Wednesday. The Steelers placed defensive lineman Isaiah Buggs and running back Anthony McFarland Jr. on the list on Thursday.
The Steelers activated defensive tackle Montravius Adams from the reserve/COVID-19 list on Friday. Adams was placed on the list on Dec. 15.