Pittsburgh will play its final exhibition very safe in Charlotte Thursday, resting quarterback Big Ben Roethlisberger and likely a number of other first-teamers against the Carolina Panthers.
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said at a Tuesday news conference that Pitsburgh plans to start Charlie Batch at QB against Carolina in both teams' final preseason game -- traditionally a game that is played mostly by backups. Dennis Dixon will also play QB for the Steelers, who won the AFC title last season but lost to Green Bay in the Super Bowl.
On the other hand, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is supposed to play a couple of series -- of course, he needs the work a little more than Roethlisberger does. The majority of the game will likely be quarterbacked by Jimmy Clausen and Derek Anderson for Carolina.