Mike Tomlin: 'Unfortunate reality' ahead for injured players trying to make Steelers

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said today six players will sit out the third preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles Thursday night.

Offensive linemen Cody Wallace (finger) and Bryant Browning (shoulder), tight end Eric Waters (concussion), cornerback Shaquille Richardson (knee), linebacker Jordan Zumwalt (groin) and long snapper Greg Warren (knee) will not play.

Others are dealing with more minor injuries, including safety Will Allen, fullback-tight end Will Johnson, running back Tauren Poole and cornerback Devin Smith might be able to play. All four are recovering from hamstring injuries.

Tomlin said it is approaching “witching hour” for players with injuries who are vying roster spots.

“That’s the unfortunate reality,” Tomlin said.

The Steelers must cut their roster to 75 players by next Tuesday and 53 after the final preseason game against the Carolina Panthers.

“We’re getting to the meat of this thing,” Tomlin said. “If guys are going to make a move, it’s kind of now or never. I like that feeling of urgency in the guys as we prepare this week. It’s creating a good competitive environment as we continue to team build.”


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