With the week of practice finished up, we now have the final injury report for both the Arizona Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Steelers. The big news is what most expected, but there was some doubt. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is not going to play, despite getting some work in practice this week and his desire to play against his former offensive coordinator.
Along with Big Ben, linebacker Ryan Shazier (shoulder) and safety Will Allen (ankle) will be unavailable. That makes four games missed for the second year linebacker. Roethlisberger and Allen did not practice Friday. Outside linebacker James Harrison also missed practice on Friday, but it was due to an illness and he is probable for the game.
Shazier was limited all week.
Cornerback Cortez Allen (knee) and linebacker Jarvis Jones (hip) were limited on Friday and are questionable for the game.
For Arizona, despite the longer than normal injury report, head coach Bruce Arians said everyone was good to go for the game except for perhaps outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley, excluding Alex Okafor, who has already been ruled out up to a month. Woodley, who missed practice Wednesday and Thursday, was limited on Friday and will be a game-time decision. He is listed on the report with a chest injury, but Arians mentioned a thigh bruise earlier in the week.
Seven players were limited in practice for Arizona, but that can be attributed to Arians giving the players some rest after so many plays last week. As noted AZCardinals.com, safety Rashad Johnson said Arians "did a good job of taking care of us."
Guard Mike Iupati (back), safety Rashad Johnson (hip), Woodley, cornerback Justin Bethel (foot), receiver John Brown (hamstring), tight end Darren Fells (hip) and safety Tyrann Mathieu (heel) were all limited. Iupati, Johnson and Woodley are questionable for the game, but as noted by Arians, only Woodley will be a game-time decision.
Everyone else was listed as probable for the game.
Should Woodley not be able to go, it could mean Dwight Freeney starts with Markus Golden at outside linebacker, who already is getting the start in place of the injured Alex Okafor. It would also likely mean a significant role for Kareem Martin.