Tomlin: Talking Pats injuries 'injustice' to healthy players

Tomlin: Talking Pats injuries 'injustice' to healthy players
October 30, 2013, 5:15 pm
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Steelers coach Mike Tomlin says talking about the all Pats' injured players ignores the "quality young players'' who are healthy.

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FOXBORO -- The Patriots' injury report is no secret. Neither is the team's mindset as to how they'll deal with all of those injuries.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are the next team to face New England that have to answer all the questions about the Patriots' "holes" entering the game on Sunday.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is well aware of Bill Belichick's "next man up" philosophy. And in fact, he believes it's been working so well, that to keep talking about the Patriots players that are injured would be disrespectful.

"I think they have a lot of good players that are playing for them right now," said Tomlin in a conference call on Wednesday. "Brandon Spikes and [Donta] Hightower, and Chandler Jones. I mean, those are highly-regarded young guys that just came out in recent drafts, and they're showing their worth. Couple that with the additions of the young versatile guy [Jamie] Collins from Southern Miss. I think they have a lot of good players playing right now.

"I think to talk about the guys that they're missing is probably an injustice to the quality young players that they're playing with right now."