Through Fitzgerald Toussaint and Jordan Todman, the Pittsburgh Steelers controlled their Wild Card game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday night.
They combined for 93 yards from 28 carries. And while neither scored, they consistently preserved drives and helped protect Ben Roethlisberger in the Steelers’ 18-16 victory at Paul Brown Stadium.
On Monday, Toussaint reflected on his playoff debut with the Steelers, which had him briefly in the NFL’s concussion protocol after Shawn Williams drilled him inside the left sideline.
The hit sent Toussaint’s helmet down the bridge of his nose, splitting it in half and forcing him to get it bandaged in the locker room when he went to take a concussion test.
“Had me say a couple things, you know how it is, the finger test,” Tousaint said. “I passed it with flying colors.”
Toussaint’s 17 carries and 58 rushing yards were both career highs for the second-year former undrafted rookie free agent out of Michigan who was signed to the Steelers practice squad on Sept. 7 and promoted to the active roster on Nov. 27 as he overtook Todman’s role backing up DeAngelo Williams. He also caught four passes for 60 yards.
Williams missed Saturday night’s game with a foot injury, watching in a plastic boot as Todman also filled in with 11 carries for 65 yards. The two backups found their splitting of reps helped their individual rushing rhythms.
Said Toussaint: “When you go out there and you have both guys making big plays, that’s confidence between both of us.”