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Saturday, August 16, 2014
Steelers' Ryan Shazier will play vs. Bills

By Scott Brown

PITTSBURGH – Rookie inside linebacker Ryan Shazier will make his much-anticipated NFL debut tonight against the Buffalo Bills.

Shazier is expected to start at left inside linebacker after missing the Steelers’ preseason opener last Saturday night because of a bruised knee.

The Steelers will be without starting outside linebacker Jarvis Jones, who has been plagued by a groin injury. Jones’ absence gives Chris Carter a heck of an opportunity to state his case as the fourth-year veteran seeks a bigger role on the defense.

Carter will start in place of Jones at right outside linebacker.

Jones is one of a number of players who won’t suit up tonight because of injuries.

Also out are fullback Will Johnson (hamstring), safety Will Allen (hamstring), linebacker Jordan Zumwalt (groin), tight end Matt Spaeth (leg) and long snapper Greg Warren (knee). Out with undisclosed injuries are cornerbacks Shaquille Richardson and Devin Smith.

Troy Polamalu will be in uniform but there is no word on whether the veteran strong safety will play in the Steelers’ preseason home opener.

Polamalu dressed but didn’t play last Saturday in a 20-16 loss to the New York Giants. Coach Mike Tomlin opted to sit Polamalu, and Allen started in his place.