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Steelers to be without five players for the Packers preseason game Sunday

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The Pittsburgh Steelers will be without the services of five players this Sunday, and one of those is an every down starter for the black and gold.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are gearing up to play the Green Bay Packers on Sunday at 1 p.m. EST at Heinz Field for their third preseason game of 2015. However, when they take the field they will be without five players, as announced by head coach Mike Tomlin at his press conference Friday.

The players who were ruled OUT vs. Green Bay are: Lawrence Timmons (turf toe), Vince Williams (hamstring), Josh Harris (foot), C.J. Goodwin (undisclosed) and David Nelson (shoulder).

Tomlin went into detail on some of the injuries. After revealing Timmons' toe injury is indeed turf toe, he added the injury wasn't thought to be serious and he shouldn't miss much more time after the game Sunday. The same could be said in regards to the severity of Vince Williams' hamstring injury. Tomlin noted Williams is close to getting back to full health, but at this stage of the preseason it would be wise to always be cautious with such injuries.

As those injury reports were optimistic, Tomlin wasn't as optimistic about the other players' injuries who were listed. For three players just trying to make the team's 53-man roster, it will be an uphill battle if they don't find their way back to the practice field sooner rather than later.

This news was all announced after Tomlin confirmed shoulder surgery was had by the team's second round draft pick Senquez Golson on Friday. The status for his 2015 season is certainly in question as he now works to rehab his shoulder back to health.

The Steelers host the Packers at Heinz Field at 1 p.m. EST. The game time was moved up due to the Pittsburgh Pirates game being announced as a nationally televised game. The Steelers game will also be nationally televised live on NFL Network.