Coach Mike Tomlin talks following the Steelers-Panthers game:
Coach Tomlin: That effort brings to a close our preseason and it’s much appreciated with not only in terms of what they did tonight in terms of winning the game, but efforts throughout. I respect that group of men that’s in the locker room. Obviously, we’ve got some decisions to make and we will make them. That’s part of this game of professional football. But, as we sit here tonight I’ve got big time respect for the contributions of all those men in the locker room and what they did. Obviously, we had some injuries in the game. Sean Spence’s knee injury is significant. He’s in the process of being examined at the local hospital. Robert Golden has got a hamstring injury, I don’t know to what extent and we had some other bumps and bruises and so forth in the game. But, the significant one is Spence. We’ll proceed with the decision making process but, again, I respect the efforts of the men.
Re: Injury to CB Curtis Brown:
He left the game with some knee issues. I don’t know whether it’s major or minor but he’s being examined. We’ll let you know when we do.
Re: Update on the surgery to G David DeCastro:
It was a successful surgery. I haven’t seen one those surgeries that isn’t successful. We’ll let the dust settle and we’ll follow his progress.
Re: RB Jonathan Dwyer getting a lot carries:
He toted the load tonight. He was the primary ball carrier and that’s kind of what we wanted to see. It’s really a snapshot of his growth and development throughout this training camp and preseason. First things first, he showed up in good physical condition, that’s a prerequisite. He kind of took off from there. What he showed tonight is kind of a snapshot of what he’s done for us here in the last month or so. It needs to continue. He’s capable of it continuing.
Do you like the new rule regarding injured reserve that just passed?
Yes we voted for it.
How do you feel about QB Charlie Batch’s performance tonight?
I thought he represented himself well. He made some nice throws but it’s not a one man game. Emmanuel Sanders made a great catch on the end of one of those throws. I thought we had good pass protection for the majority of the night. I like the overall production of a lot of people involved.
Re: Chris Rainey’s performance:
I thought he did some nice things in terms of making unblocked guys miss. I think that any reputable punt returner is capable of making those first one to two potential tacklers miss. He showed that tonight. Obviously, those didn’t count so we don’t look at them as touchdowns. It is what it is. Flags were thrown. But it is encouraging to see him make the first one to two tacklers miss. I think that’s a sign of any credible NFL return man.
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