CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Tonight's Steelers-Panthers game will be best remembered for which backups play well enough to survive Saturday's cut-down from 75 players to 53.
It's been a hectic week for the Steelers, with only three days to prepare after Sunday's 27-13 win over Philadelphia.
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin says the starters will play about a quarter against the Panthers. Ben Roethlisberger might play less after throwing for 247 yards and an interception against the Eagles.
Receiver Hines Ward may sit out as he has a broken nose.
Willie Parker should get some work. Parker has only 14 carries in the pre-season after missing two weeks of camp with a sore knee.
It will also be the final chance to audition for roles on the starting offensive line.
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