Steelers notebook: All healthy players will see action against Packers, Tomlin says
• Coach Mike Tomlin said, like for last week's game in Jacksonville, all healthy players would play in the preseason home opener Sunday against Green Bay. The only starter ruled out is linebacker Lawrence Timmons, but Tomlin said, “we're not overly alarmed with his turf toe; just exercising caution.” Linebacker Vince Williams, running back Josh Harris and receivers David Nelson and C.J. Goodwin also will not play.
• Unlike in the first two preseason games, Tomlin said the veteran special teams players such as Robert Golden, Terence Garvin, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Will Johnson, Antwon Blake, Sean Spence and Dri Archer will play their regular roles on special teams Sunday.
• Tomlin also said many players will showcase “position flexibility” —Alejandro Villanueva will play right tackle, Ian Wild inside linebacker, Chris Hubbard center and Tyler Murphy exclusively wide receiver after each had focused mostly at other areas prior to this week.
• Tomlin said the starters will play longer than they did in a loss at Jacksonville last week, when some offensive players lasted only one series.
• Tomlin is eager to see what effect, if any, the additional seating installed in the south end zone at Heinz Field has on play, particularly the kicking game.
• Cornerback Cortez Allen's absence from practice Thursday was not injury-related; Tomlin termed it “by design.” Allen was back Friday.