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Steelers defensive starters expected to play vs. Bills in preseason Week 2

The Pittsburgh Steelers are preparing for the Buffalo Bills in Week 2 of the NFL preseason, and while the Bills are preparing to have their starters play a quarter and a half, what the Steelers’ plans for their top units were rather unknown.

Mike Tomlin met with media Thursday in preparation for the game, and he spoke about the players who will, and won’t, play vs. the Bills. As always, Tomlin was vague about how long starters would play, and stated the importance of health as it pertains to those who are deemed “in” and those who are “out”.

As he did last week, Tomlin said all healthy players will play, and ruled out several players who won’t be participating in the game vs. the Bills due to health issues:

  • DL Larry Ogunjobi
  • OG Nate Herbig
  • S Tre Norwood

Outside of those three players, Tomlin did say he was expecting to see several players back on the field for the first time, and mentioned veterans like Cam Heyward, T.J. Watt, Patrick Peterson and Minkah Fitzpatrick. He even outlined how excited he is to see players who might be new to the organization. Players like Keanu Neal and Joey Porter Jr. would absolutely fall into that category as both will see Acrisure Stadium for the first time as members of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

As for the offensive starters, Tomlin said you can expect to see the starters play more, but he couldn’t, or wouldn’t, outline how long they expect the offense, or any starters, to play at this juncture heading into the only home preseason game on the 2023 schedule.

Be sure to stay tuned to SCN for the latest news and notes surrounding the Steelers as they prepare for the rest of the 2023 NFL preseason.

For a complete rundown of Mike Tomlin’s time with the media, check out the Press Conference Recap podcast below:

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