Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin acknowledged he will play Ben Roethlisberger in Saturday night's preseason game against the New York Giants, but remained non-committal about how and when he will use his two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback.
"It's not finalized as of yet," Tomlin said today during a morning news conference at St. Vincent College in Latrobe. "Some of those decisions are made last-minute in the preseason. That's just how it goes."
Tomlin, though, said center Justin Hartwig would start against the Giants, but that he will also insert No. 1 draft choice Maurkice Pouncey at that position with the first-team offense. He said he would do the same at right tackle, replacing Flozell Adams with free-agent signee Jonathan Scott -- an indication the Steelers are looking at other players to replace injured Willie Colon, who is on the season-ending injured reserve list.
"Everybody with a helmet is in the mix," Tomlin said. "We just want to see Jonathan Scott."
Tomlin said rookie running back Jonathan Dwyer (shoulder), a fifth-round pick, is doubtful for the game. Two players are out -- defensive end Steve McClendon and rookie offensive tackle Chris Scott (foot).
Tomlin said rookie outside linebacker Jason Worilds, their No. 2 draft choice, will play against the Giants. He did not play in last week's preseason opener against the Detroit Lions because of a nagging hamstring injury.
"'He's going to get a look," Tomlin said. "I don't know if it will be any more extensive than anyone else."