Steelers Likely To Preserve Several Players Against Panthers

The Pittsburgh Steelers will wrap up their 2014 preseason schedule Thursday night at Heinz Field against the Carolina Panthers and several players will likely be held out of that game as a precaution.

During his Tuesday press conference, head coach Mike Tomlin said that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, safety Troy Polamalu, defensive end Cameron Heyward, linebacker Sean Spence ,linebacker Jason Worilds and wide receiver Lance Moore would all likely be “preserved” this week.

Tomlin did say that safety Will Allen (hamstring) and a few others that have recently missed time with injuries might play. In addition, veteran defensive end Brett Keisel is expected to play and possibly play a lot as Tomlin wants to throw him into the deep end of the pool to see how good he swims.

Running backs Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount are both also expected to play Thursday night as well.

Third-string quarterback Landry Jones is expected to see extended playing time against the Panthers, but Tomlin did not say whether or not he would start. Tomlin said he is looking for consistent, above the line play from the second-year quarterback this week.

  • Jacque Strappe

    I hate this week of the preseason

  • steeltown

    I’d ‘preserve’ Heath Miller this week and give more snaps to the battle of Palmer/Paulson/BFlower.. I think I’d also sit Pouncey and DeCastro and give Wesley Johnson and Whimper more snaps at C and RG respectively.

  • Matt Manzo

    Yes. I need to see more from the Oline depth!

  • T R

    Get alot of bubble wrap…

  • srdan

    Yup, its right up there with the bye week.

  • srdan

    he didn’t say Woodley…lol

  • cencalsteeler

    You sit all of those guys, no way Landry makes the 53, lol!

  • steeltown

    Yea maybe, but there’s no way im risking my premier players for a QB that might not even make the practice squad.

  • Jacob Dixon

    Miller, Ben, Troy, Brown

  • Steelers12328882

    No way! It’s probably the least exciting of the preseason, but it’s usually a bunch of inexperienced guys trying to live the dream. There’s always a good story here and there. Besides, how could you hate anything Steelers?

  • NW86

    I agree with all of that. For that matter though, I think I would preserve all veteran starters. I can see getting Keisel his first couple series of the preseason, and the young, new starters like Jarvis, Wheaton, Shazier, etc, who all need all the practice they can get. Otherwise though, why risk injury for 1-2 pointless series?

  • Jorge Ramirez Valenzuela

    In the front: Tuitt, McCullers and Mauro, I want this rookie line to check, will be nice a rookie front seven; HoJo, Sumwalt, Garvin and JJones 🙂