Needing to find a spark which could help them rebound from a eight-turnover performance in last Sunday's 20-14 loss to the Cleveland Browns, the Pittsburgh Steelers have decided to make some changes to their depth chart.
According to Mark Kaboly of the Tribune-Review, the Steelers (6-5) have demoted starting running back Rashard Mendenhall and are close to doing the same thing to wide receiver Mike Wallace.
The four-year wide out, who is almost always listed unambiguously as a starter, is now listed with Emmanuel Sanders.
This very well could be a ploy by Tomlin to motivate the two players. It would’ve been just as easy to not change the official depth chart and go about your plan to not play Mendenhall or Wallace. But for the Steelers to make it official in one of their weekly releases tell me motivation might be a reason why.
Entering Sunday's showdown with the Baltimore Ravens (4:25 p.m. on CBS), Wallace has 47 catches, 572 yards and six catches. However, over the past three games Wallace has totaled eight catches for 47 yards and one touchdown.
Those numbers are not what the Steelers need to continue to keep pace in the AFC playoff race, which features them and the Indianapolis Colts holding down the final two Wild Card spots.