Free played 58 snaps against the Bengals. Parnell played 15. Garrett said Monday that he plans for the rotation to continue Sunday against Pittsburgh because Parnell has earned more playing time and Free, the team’s highest-paid lineman, seemed to benefit by being fresher in the second half because he did not take every snap in the contest.
“Jermey stepped in there and it didn’t seem too big for him at all, just like it hadn’t when he played for Tyron (Smith) a couple of weeks ago,” Garrett said, referring to an ankle injury that sidelined Smith, the team’s starting left tackle, for the Thanksgiving Day game against Washington. Parnell, the team’s swing tackle, played left tackle in that contest.
“Similarly, we thought Doug responded well (to Sunday’s rotation),” Garrett said. “Doug … played one of his better games in recent games. I think both guys responded well.”
_ Jimmy Burch