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Buffalo Bills Super Wild Card inactives vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers

We knew two players were ruled out earlier...who joins them?

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The Buffalo Bills are set to host the Pittsburgh Steelers, albeit a day late thanks to some wild Lake Erie wind and snow, in the Super Wild Card round of the 2023 NFL Playoffs. This is the fourth meeting between these franchises in a playoff setting, but the first such meeting that will take place with the Bills playing as the home team. Pittsburgh beat the Bills in the first playoff meeting (32-14 in the 1974 NFL Playoffs) and the most recent meeting (40-21 in the 1995 NFL Playoffs). The Bills lone playoff victory over Pittsburgh came a week after securing the greatest comeback in NFL Playoff history, as they followed up that win with a 24-3 victory over the Steeler in the 1992 NFL Playoffs.

For this week’s contest, the Bills are a bit banged-up after a tough 21-14 victory over the Miami Dolphins last Sunday. Even with an extra day to prepare for the game thanks to the snow storm, Buffalo is still down a few key contributors.

Here are today’s inactive players for this playoff showdown.


WR Gabe Davis

Davis was ruled out on Friday thanks to the knee injury he suffered against Miami. Andy Isabella is up from the practice squad to give the Bills five healthy wideouts, and Trent Sherfield is likely to see the starting reps on the outside that typically go to Davis.

T Alec Anderson

The versatile young lineman and verified Good Samaritan is a healthy scratch once again this week. Dion Dawkins is good to go in spite of the finger laceration that forced him to miss a series last week.

DE Kingsley Jonathan

There might have been some thought to having Jonathan play in place of Von Miller had the game been played yesterday, but with some closer to normal weather, the veteran pass-rush specialist is up and the young special teams stalwart is down.

DT Poona Ford

This week, the Bills go with two giant space-eaters, as they’ve deactivated Ford in order to go with both DaQuan Jones and Linval Joseph. That’s a lot of beef to help slow down what has been a potent Steelers rushing attack.

LB Tyrel Dodson

Once the Bills elevated linebacker A.J. Klein, whom they recently re-signed to the team’s practice squad, it foreshadowed Dodson’s absence for the game. Had they felt confident in his ability to play, that spot likely would have gone to Leonard Fournette. Instead, Buffalo rolls with Latavius Murray as the “big” running back. Klein and Baylon Spector are likely in play to start in Dodson’s place.

CB Rasul Douglas

There was an outside chance that Douglas could play this week, but it looks like he’ll need at least another week—if the Bills can give him that chance—to play again. Second-year man Kaiir Elam is active this week, and it will likely be Dane Jackson starting in place of Douglas.

S Taylor Rapp

Rapp was the second player ruled out for the Bills, so we knew this one already. Damar Hamlin is active, and he’ll likely take the special teams snaps that normally go to Cam Lewis. Rapp’s snaps will probably go to Lewis when Buffalo shows a dime look.

Here are the Steelers’ inactive players, headlined by star pass rusher T.J. Watt, who is out with a knee injury suffered in the regular-season finale against the Baltimore Ravens.