Veteran Starters Sitting Out For HOF Game Is a Great Idea


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How many times have we seen it? The excitement to a beginning of a new NFL Season only to have that season dampened by injuries?

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach, Mike Tomlin says that many of the team’s top players including quarterback Ben Roethlisberger not will be playing in tomorrow’s Hall of Fame game versus the Minnesota Vikings.

Tomlin met with the media Friday morning to preview the game and said Roethlisberger will get the day off and third-year quarterback Landry Jones will start and play a significant amount in the game.

An excellent idea if when you need to find out who your #3 quarterback is going to be during Bruce Gradkowski’s PUP hiatus. Also giving Tahj Boyd the opportunity to who what he has as well.

“We obviously want to see a lot of young people,” Tomlin said. “It is going to be a significant game for Landry Jones, he is going to play a lot. I don’t have a predetermined snap count that we expect him to have. He could play the entire game, he could play a majority of the game and our intentions are to get a good look at him.”

Along with Roethlisberger, Tomlin said Le’Veon Bell, Antonio Brown, Maurkice Pouncey, Heath Miller and James Harrison also will be held out of the game.

What needs to be remembered is that regardless of which starters are due to be absent from tomorrow’s game, it’s still the Pittsburgh Steelers playing. And even during preseason..what makes it a “Five Star” matchup.