The Redskins are heading into Week 1 at full strength, including first-round draft pick Josh Doctson at receiver. The Steelers, on the other hand, will be without a few key players, including starting wide receiver Markus Wheaton.
Both teams released their inactives for their Monday night matchup at 7:10 p.m. ET, and while there weren’t necessarily any surprises, Washington appears to be in better shape for the opener, at least as far as injuries are concerned.
Steelers inactives, via Bob Labriola: CB Senquez Golson, LB Steven Johnson, QB Zach Mettenberger, FB Roosevelt Nix, C/G Cody Wallace, DE L.T. Walton and WR Markus Wheaton.
Redskins inactives, announced by the team: CB Kendall Fuller, S Duke Ihenacho, G Arie Kouandijo, DE Anthony Lanier, C Austin Reiter, WR Rashad Ross and QB Nate Sudfeld.
Wheaton, who’s been out all week with a shoulder injury, obviously is a big blow to a Steelers offense that’s already without suspended wideout Martavis Bryant for the season. It will fall on Darrius Heyward-Bey, Sammie Coates and Eli Rogers to pick up the slack opposite Antonio Brown.
Nix (back) and Wallace (knee) are notable inactives as well. Nix is the only fullback on the roster, while Wallace is the primary reserve on the interior of the offensive line.
Meanwhile, in addition to speedy rookie receiver Doctson, nose tackle Kedrick Golston will also suit up after landing on the injury report on Saturday with a back injury. Doctson did not have a catch during the preseason.