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Old 08-16-2007, 12:02 PM   #1
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Default Tomlin expects Timmons to make Saturday debut

Tomlin expects Timmons to make his debut Saturday
By John Harris
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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said his starters will see more action in Saturday night's third exhibition game against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field and that he expects rookie linebacker Lawrence Timmons to make his debut.

"Tentatively we're going to play our first groups a lot longer than what we've done at this point," Tomlin said Thursday morning. "It is our intention to play guys longer in this game."

That means quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who played a total of three series in the first two games, should play at least into the second quarter. Running back Willie Parker, who missed the first two games because of a knee injury, will also start and receive extended playing time in the first half.

"We'll tend to play those guys more than we've played them," said Tomlin, who indicated the starters will play even longer in the fourth exhibition game against Philadelphia.

Timmons, the team's first-round draft pick who missed nearly all of the offseason workouts and two weeks of training camp with a groin injury, returned to practice Monday and has been given an increased workload.

"We anticipate playing Lawrence some. How much will kind of be determined on conditioning and what he's capable of handling from an assignment standpoint," Tomlin said. "He hasn't played a bunch of snaps, but it's obvious that he's taken advantage of the mental reps in the classroom work."

Backup nose tackle Chris Hoke (knee) is the only player ruled out for Saturday. Tomlin said that tackle Marvel Smith (back), safety Anthony Smith (abdomen) and center Chukky Okobi (ribs) could play, although Okobi indicated Thursday that he would return for next week's home game against the Eagles.

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Old 08-16-2007, 12:24 PM   #2
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Default Re: Tomlin expects Timmons to make Saturday debut

Great to hear that Timmons is playing.....Now Steelers Nation listen up grab your luck rabbits foot, knock on wood, pray to your terrible towel that Timmons doesn't hurt his groin again...lol
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Default Re: Tomlin expects Timmons to make Saturday debut

Finally, lets see what Timmons can do.
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Default Re: Tomlin expects Timmons to make Saturday debut

I just hope his play makes us forget about his quick injury history since being drafted.
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Old 08-16-2007, 01:25 PM   #5
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Default Re: Tomlin expects Timmons to make Saturday debut

Don't expect him to come out rippin' everybody up. He's only practiced since Tuesday. The other guys had 2 weeks of practice until they played.

In other words, Take it with a grain of salt. I just hope he makes it through healthy.
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See, now people stop calling him a bust!! If he is pancaked throughout the whole game well yeah, call him a bust, but that won't happen. LT will be a a dangerous weapon on pittsburgh. Are we allowed to call him LT?
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Good. Maybe some of you will stop putting the cart before the horse and shaddup about Timmons being a bust before you've seen what he will bring to the D.
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I didn't see one person label Timmons a bust in this thread......Please point out were since I don't see it...lol
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I didn't see one person label Timmons a bust in this thread......Please point out were since I don't see it...lol
Well, not in this thread, but i've seen many people say he'll be a bust
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Well, not in this thread, but i've seen many people say he'll be a bust
Yep. Even some like me said we hope we do not have Kendrell Bell 2.
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