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How would one describe a player in a team that is not playing much, and is usually just on the bench for most of the games?

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I'm not much of a sports expert so I don't know if there's an official term, but I've always heard the phrase "bench-warmer" used to describe those types of players.

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Thanks Thom. It seems there is even a Benchwarmers movie: imdb.com/title/tt0437863 –  130490868091234 Jul 5 '11 at 10:52
    
Compare the term super-sub, which I've heard extensively in British football commentary to refer to someone on the bench who, rather than being weak, is actually being kept in reserve as a tactic, and is usually an excellent player. –  Brad Apr 26 '12 at 19:51
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I think the term is:

bench: Sports . (of a player) not participating in play, either for part or all of a game.

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