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Who are your LEAST dispensable Steelers for 2011?

I am interested to hear from everyone who the top 5 most crucial players are, in your opinion, for the 11-12 season. I think we can all agree that Ben would be the biggest loss... After that, from top to bottom, who are you MOST frightened to lose to injury or extended suspension (paging Mr. Harrison...), etc? Here's my list...

1. Troy P- the W/L record with and without him speaks for itself

2. Ike Taylor- Our questionable depth at Corner is well-documented, and the criticism well-deserved

3. Big Snack- I think what he does to help lock down the running game is under-appreciated. Maybe Ziggy could fill in adequately along with Hokey, but I don't want to see it happen.

4. Heath Miller- How many times have we seen him spring a RB for a big gain sealing off the end of the line? not to mention those crazy-good hands

5. James Farrior- He QBs the best defense in the NFL, period. His leadership and brains on the field are a huge difference-maker, and he still has it from a physical perspective.

Couple comments. I didn't include Mendy because I honestly think Redman could carry the load admirably in his absence for an extended period of time. He definitely is our best back, but the drop-off may not be as dramatic as some would assume. Also, I had a tough time choosing between all 4 of our linebackers at #5, so I can't argue hard against Harrison, Woodley or Timmons. I just think leadership in this day and age is under-valued and so influential on any team, so I went with Farrior...

What's your top 5? feel free to argue if you don't think Ben is #1 as well, although I reserve the right to inquire as to what you've been inserting into that home-grown weed you've been smoking!

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