Oakland star cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha will be inactive Sunday at Pittsburgh for the second straight game. He suffered an ankle injury three weeks ago. Asomugha was practicing lightly all week in preparation for the Pittsburgh game, but it was announced Friday that he’d be a game-time decision.
Also out for the 5-4 Raiders, who are tied for first place with Kansas City (Oakland currently owns the tiebreakers) is receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey. He suffered a hamstring injury during a bye-week practice. That means rookie Jacoby Ford will get another start. He played for the injured Louis Murphy (who is back this week) against Kansas City and Ford had six catches for 148 yards, including two huge catches at the end of regulation and in overtime to setup Oakland’s win.
Ford, who also had a return for a touchdown against the Chiefs, could make a serious push for the permanent starting job if he has a big game against the Steelers. Heyward-Bey has been very inconsistent.
Meanwhile, Kansas City inactivated rookie receiver/returner/running back Dexter McCluster for the fourth straight game Sunday against Arizona. He has an ankle injury.