Chris Carter is Steelers Digest Player of the Week

Grant Halverson

Chris Carter played like his job was on the line against the Panthers. That's probably because it was, and is.

For the sake of the publication's long-standing tradition of naming a Player of the Game, someone had to be after the Steelers' dropped their fourth straight preseason game, this one 25-10 to the Panthers.

For his two-sack and forced fumble effort, outside linebacker Chris Carter took home the prize.

Carter had to be considered on the bubble, certainly before the Steelers traded OLB Adrian Robinson. Carter didn't perform particularly well against the Panthers' starters, but got stronger as the game continued.

There's something to be said for conditioning, particularly the back-ups. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin told the broadcasting crew at halftime he wanted to see the conditioning level of the Steelers' roster spot combatants, and they may have gotten a good look at Carter throughout the second half.

That's all fine and good, the main question is still whether Carter did enough to make this team. With a particularly strong overall preseason from rookie Alan Baxter, it will be a tough decision between the rookie and the more expensive veteran.

Carter left it on the field tonight, though, and that at least should be commended.

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