Published: Sat, January 09, 2016
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Steelers prepping to roll with backups Toussaint and Todman

Steelers prepping to roll with backups Toussaint and Todman

Head coach Mike Tomlin characterized Williams as "day-to-day" on Tuesday, and it appears his status will remain that way right up until kickoff on Saturday night in Cincinnati.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have ruled running back DeAngelo Williams out for their wild card game against the Cincinnati Bengals, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport.

The 32-year-old veteran left their game against Cleveland in the first half and never checked back in. His price is low and the state of the running back position this week is bad in DFS. He has rushed for 907 yards on 200 carries. Williams has caught 40 passes and is averaging 9.2 yards per catch.

Second-year pro Fitzgerald Toussaint, who has just 24 career carries, is expected to start against the Bengals, with Jordan Todman as his backup. He scored on a two-point conversion attempt.

Steelers prepping to roll with backups Toussaint and Todman
Steelers prepping to roll with backups Toussaint and Todman

Saturday's game figures to be a tough, physical affair against a divisional rival with a strong defense, and the ability of unheralded players like Toussaint and Todman to contribute and keep the Bengals honest could potentially be the biggest key to the contest. He has carried the ball four times for 22 yards in 2015.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger believes the Steelers are better equipped this season due to their depth at running back. As a team they ran for a total of 30 yards against the Browns.

While the Steelers are perfectly capable of getting the job done through the air with wide receivers Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant and Markus Wheaton and tight end Heath Miller, not having the threat of the run could make the sledding much more hard. The game is slated to begin at 8:15 p.m. and will be broadcast live on CBS.

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