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Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger won’t play in preseason opener vs. Eagles

The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Philadelphia Eagles kick off their preseason campaigns on Thursday night and it’s going to be the battles of the backup quarterbacks.

According to Gerry Dulac of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Mike Tomlin told the media that Ben Roethlisberger won’t be suiting up and that will give a good opportunity for Josh Dobbs, Landry Jones, and Mason Rudolph.

Expectations are that Jones will get the start but Tomlin also said that plans can change which leaves the door open a bit that maybe Rudolph will get the start. Tomlin has been impressed with what he has seen from Rudolph so far this preseason but also notes that he isn’t been hit yet.

“Mason has done a really good job, but he hasn’t been hit,” Tomlin said. “There will be attempts to hit him on Thursday night, so stay tuned, man.”

How many quarterbacks the Steelers will keep will be decided during this preseason which makes this game really important for all three guys. The chances are high that the Steelers will keep Rudolph so the last spot will probably come down to Dobbs and Jones.

The Steelers aren’t the only team that is going to be short-handed in this showdown. The Eagles are expected to be without Carson Wentz and Nick Foles which is going to leave the Eagles quarterback room shorthanded. This still can be an exciting game but it’s going to have to be the backup quarterbacks that create all the fireworks in this game.