Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin explained what appeared to be a puzzling decision after his team’s 20-10 win against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

Linebacker Myles Jack wasn’t inactive on Sunday, but he didn’t play a down against the Saints.

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Oct 2, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Myles Jack (51) takes the field against the New York Jets at Acrisure Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Jack, who has been dealing with a knee injury, was healthy enough to play.

But according to Tomlin, he was held out for precautionary reasons.

“We had him ready to go. He was willing to go,” said Tomlin. “We were going to be prudent about his usage.”

“As the game unfolded we liked the mix of the guys we had in there, we were getting off on third down and so conditioning and things of that nature didn’t become a factor. We were able to keep him out of the mix, which was a good thing.”

It definitely seemed odd at first that Jack was active but not playing. Tomlin’s explanation, however, makes complete sense. There was no need to risk further injury with a lot of season left to play. And Pittsburgh was still able to get to the win, so it turned out to be the right decision.

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