Steelers Shazier, Palmer, McLendon, Heyward-Bey To Sit Out Giants Game

The Pittsburgh Steelers will open up their 2014 preseason Saturday night against the New York Giants and they will do so without their first-round draft pick in pads.

Rookie inside linebacker Ryan Shazier, who has missed the last several practices with what several believe is a knee injury, will not play Saturday night against the Giants, according to PR man Burt Lauten.

Since suffering the injury, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has referred to Shazier’s injury as a “boo boo”. With Shazier down, there’s a good chance that third-year linebacker Sean Spence will start alongside Lawrence Timmons. Spence has not played since injuring his knee in the Steelers final preseason game of his rookie season.

Also scheduled to sit out Saturday night’s game are nose tackle Steve McLendon (concussion), tight end Michael Palmer (unknown) and wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey (concussion).

With McLendon out, we might see newcomer Cam Thomas get the start at nose tackle with second-round draft pick Stephon Tuitt getting the start at left defensive end.

Giants Inactives
Odell Beckham Jr.
Trindon Holliday
Peyton Hillis
Trumaine McBride
Jon Beason
Will Beatty
Daniel Fells
Xavier Grimble
Mike Patterson
Kelcy Quarles

  • steeltown

    Sounds about right. McLendon should sit and only return when ready, Shazier im sure they are exercising caution. That said, it sounds like more than a “boo boo”

    Good to see that Heyward, Jarvis Jones and Blanchflower aren’t on this list

  • toonasteel

    Eric Waters too… Hopefully Blanchflower and Waters will have a good showing. I’ve had enough of Paulson

  • Crowned

    Bummed about Shazier, but I’ll just have to wait until next Saturday to see him in action, no big deal. Ready for the game!

  • Steelers12328882

    That’s gotta be a pretty big downer for Shazier. Oh well. Hope he doesn’t lose his starting spot to Spence lol.

  • pittsburghjoe

    Looking forward to evaluating JJ’s progress.

  • Aric Brown

    Agreed Palmer being out is really a blessing in disguuse for us…giveus a longer look at the other guys

  • Aric Brown

    Actually glad Mclendon is out… Id like a look at fangupo and mcullers early and often

  • Aric Brown

    Who starts for Shazier… Spence or Williams?

  • Aric Brown

    Spence looked great on the Giants first drive

  • Steelers12328882

    uhhh, 2 defensive lineman on 1st down? I don’t get it.

  • Aric Brown

    73 yarder looks all too familiar

  • Pitfan0513

    took the words right out of my mouth!

  • tristan

    first injured o-lineman for the year…