"I take offense to assumption we would put those guys in harm's way," he said, per The Associated Press.
Tomlin did say that Big Ben could undergo minor offseason surgery on his knee, to get it cleaned up. We don't expect that minor surgery would affect Roethlisberger entering the 2015 season.
Some other injury notes from Tuesday:
- Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Tuesday that center Max Unger (ankle/knee) practiced and is line to play on Saturday against the Panthers. Unger has not played since Week 11. Carroll added that cornerback Tharold Simon (shoulder) will be good to go. However, defensive tackle Jordan Hill was placed on injured reserve.