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2015 NFL Preseason: Steelers vs. Vikings - Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, Le'Veon Bell and Heath Miller not likely to play

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Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin addressed the media Friday to discuss the upcoming preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings. See what the coach had to say about the upcoming matchup.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers will finally hit someone who isn't wearing similar colors on Sunday when they play the Minnesota Vikings in the annual Hall of Fame Game in Canton, OH. In their first of five preseason games, head coach Mike Tomlin met with media Friday to address issues surrounding the team, expected playing time of players and expectations for the Steelers.

Here are some important keys to take away from Tomlin's press conference today:

The following players are not expected to play in the game Sunday: QB Ben Roethlisberger, TE Heath Miller, WR Antonio Brown, RB Le'Veon Bell and C Maurkice Pouncey. As for playing time in other positions, Tomlin stated "participation to be determined on availability."


Tomlin't thoughts on the upcoming game, despite the lack of superstars in the lineup, "I'm excited about seeing a lot of young guys getting an opportunity to do things in all three phases." Tomlin mentioned how games where the younger players see a significant amount of playing time can certainly help their cause in making the team's 53-man roster. Anthony Chickillo and Jesse James were both listed as players who could improve their standing on the depth chart with solid performances Sunday, especially on special teams.


Tomlin cited both understanding "situational football" and playing "clean football" as two main objectives in the team's first game this Sunday. If you are wondering what Tomlin means by those expectations, situational football is referring to players understanding exactly what is expected of them in specific situations. For instance, realizing whether or not to go out of bounds at the end of the half, or realizing where the first down marker is on defense and defending as such. Clean football is mistake free and penalty free football, something the Steelers are looking to improve upon in 2015.


Landry Jones will see the majority of playing time Sunday, and Tomlin wouldn't commit to any other quarterbacks getting significant repetitions. Tomlin said, "We are going to use Landry, and go from there." The Steelers want to give Jones ample opportunity to prove his improvement in training camp hasn't been just a case of a player going against a defense not trying to take him down. To say this preseason is important for Jones is an understatement.


In the case of the Steelers' secondary, Tomlin stated Will Allen will suit up for the Steelers, but players like Alden Darby, Ian Wild and Gerod Holliman will get extensive repetitions with Mike Mitchell out with a hamstring injury, Ross Ventrone out with an ankle injury and Shamarko Thomas nursing a shoulder injury. As Tomlin described, "one man's misfortune is another man's opportunity."


Tomlin has been known to be a bit of a joker with his players, and he mentioned situations where he likes to pull the rookies' chains. In his press conference he stated he often acts as if he forgets the rookies' names, but in some instances he isn't joking.


The Steelers will play the Minnesota Vikings on NBC this Sunday on Sunday Night Football.