Updated: Oct 16, 2021
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The Steelers play the Seahawks in prime time on Sunday at Heinz Field, and it's a pivotal game in mid-October. A win would position the Steelers at 3-3 heading into their bye week, while a loss would put the Steelers at 2-4, which would be a big missed opportunity with Geno Smith leading the Seahawks at quarterback with Russell Wilson on injured reserve due to a broken right finger.
Smith has started just one game in his career against the Steelers. It was in Week 6 of the 2013 season and the Steelers beat the Jets, 19-6.
In regards to the injury front, the Steelers are relatively healthy, as the only player that's ruled out for Sunday night is defensive lineman Carlos Davis. That's not counting wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, who's out for the season with a dislocated shoulder, an injury that he suffered last week against the Broncos. The Steelers don't have any other designations on the injury report.
Receivers Chase Claypool (hamstring) and James Washington (groin) were both limited at practice on Thursday, but they were full participants at practice today. Inside linebacker Devin Bush suffered a groin injury in the second half against the Broncos on Sunday, but was a full participant at practice all week.
For the Seahawks, as mentioned, Wilson will be out for Sunday's game and Smith will be his replacement. Seattle will also be without running back Chris Carson, who's dealing with a neck injury. It was announced later in the day that Carson was placed on IR. Alex Collins will fill in for Carson at running back. And like Carson, Collins averages over four yards per carry this season. In addition, Seahawks offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi (bicep/chest) is out for Sunday night.