By Zach Kruse
The Pittsburgh Steelers plan to sit several important players when they travel to Green Bay for Thursday night’s preseason matchup against the Packers.
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday he’ll rest top quarterbacks Ben Roethlisberger and Landry Jones, and neither receiver Antonio Brown nor defensive lineman Cameron Hayward is expected to play. A few other veteran players are likely to sit out as well.
That means the Packers defense will face young passers Josh Dobbs and Mason Rudolph for the duration of the game Thursday night at Lambeau Field.
Dobbs and Rudolph combined to complete 15-of-26 passes for 192 yards, one touchdown and one interception during the Steelers’ preseason-opening win over the Philadelphia Eagles.
A couple of series against Roethlisberger and Brown could have been beneficial for a still-adjusting Packers defense that allowed an opening drive touchdown to Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans last Thursday.
The Packers are expected to play quarterback Aaron Rodgers, although coach Mike McCarthy wasn’t prepared to fully commit to the idea Tuesday. Several factors, including the health of left tackle David Bakhtiari, will play into the decision.
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