Updated: Nov 20, 2021
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The status reports for Sunday nights game against the Chargers came out this afternoon, and as expected, the Steelers will be without a number of key players.
Cornerback Joe Haden (foot), guard Kevin Dotson (ankle), outside linebacker T.J. Watt (hip/knee) and defensive lineman Isaiahh Loudermilk (groin) have all been ruled out for the game against the Chargers. The Steelers will also be without Minkah Fitzpatrick, who is on the reserve/COVID-19 list. They’ll find out tomorrow if Ben Roethlisberger can play, who's also still on the COVID list. The Steelers leave for Los Angeles tomorrow at 3 p.m.
Wide receiver Chase Claypool (toe) was a full participant on Friday, likewise for guard Trai Turner (ankle). They’ll be good to go against the Chargers.
James Pierre is expected to fill in for Haden and J.C. Hassenauer should start in Dotson's place. at left guard. Taco Charlton will replace Watt. Mike Tomlin said on Tuesday during his press conference that it will be a committee of players who will fill in for Fitzpatrick. Rudolph will start his second consecutive game if Roethlisberger can't go.
For the Chargers, outside linebacker Joey Bosa and inside linebacker Drue Tranquill have been activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list and are good to play tomorrow night. However, defensive ends Jerry Tillery and Christian Covington will stay on the COVID list and are out against the Steelers.
Strong safety Alohi Gilman (quadricep), free safety Mark Webb Jr. and starting nose tackle Linval Joseph (shoulder) are listed as doubtful for the Chargers. Running back Justin Jackson (quadricep) and strong safety Trey Marshal (ankle) are questionable.