Texans vs. Steelers: Duke Johnson, Ross Blacklock inactive for Week 3

Duke Johnson #25 of the Houston Texans (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)
Duke Johnson #25 of the Houston Texans (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images) /
Duke Johnson, Houston Texans
Duke Johnson #25 of the Houston Texans (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images) /

The Houston Texans and Pittsburgh Steelers have announced their inactives for Week 3.

The Houston Texans have a couple new faces on the inactive list for Week 3 with rookie defensive tackle Ross Blacklock being the newest name to being out this week against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Last week, Blacklock was ejected in the game for his on-the-field behavior against the Baltimore Ravens. Also inactive this week are running back Duke Johnson (ankle) for the second straight game and outside linebacker Jonathan Greenard.

Blacklock wasn’t listed in the injury report this week, so his inactivity is due to his actions last Sunday in the loss against Baltimore. Also not on the injury report was Greenard, though he’s not been on the active game day roster all season.

Also out for the Week 3 game at Heinz Field between the Houston Texans and the Steelers are inside linebacker Peter Kalambayi (hamstring), and offensive tackle Charlie Heck. Heck, a rookie, also has not been on an active game day roster this season.

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Not having Blacklock for the game against the Steelers will be noticeable, and will make a bit of a difference in the rotation of interior lineman for the Houston Texans. In the two games he’s played in this season he’s totaled one tackle, and has played in 27 snaps in 2020.

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With the Houston Texans not having Duke Johnson is even a bigger difference maker because most likely all of the rushing game workload will go to David Johnson as it dad last week, though he only had 11 carries in each of the first two games.

The Steelers have five players on their inactive list according to Steelers.com. with the players being Joshua Dobbs (quarterback), Ulysees Gilbert (linebacker), Carlos Davis (defensive tackle), Derwin Gray (offensive tackle) and Zach Gentry (tight end).

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Pittsburgh is very healthy for this game, and will poise a challenge for the Houston Texans in Week 3. Pittsburgh enters this game at 2-0 overall, and the Texans are 0-2. Kickoff for the game is noon CT on CBS.