The Pittsburgh Steelers still have a chance to earn home-field advantage throughout the AFC Playoffs if they can defeat the Cleveland Browns and the New England Patriots somehow lose to the New York Jets. Even with such a massive feat on the line, the Steelers are planning to rest quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and running back Le’Veon Bell in Week 17.
Offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert told Tim Benz of the Tribune-Review in Pittsburgh that the Steelers are planning to take on the Browns without their starting quarterback and running back.
Me to Marcus Gilbert. “How does CLEV’s def front look as opposed to wk 1?” GILBERT: “Ben’s not there so they’ll get a little taste of Landry Jones. So we don’t know what to expect from them” More Gilbert:”We’ll have Landry Jones in there.We wont have Ben. or 8-4. Or LeVeon Bell.”
— Tim Benz (@TimBenzPGH) December 28, 2017
With Roethlisberger and Bell out of action, the Steelers will be without all of their “Killer B’s” on Sunday. They will be joined on the sidelines by All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown, who suffered a calf injury in the team’s Week 15 loss to the New England Patriots.
All three players, including Brown, are expected to be healthy and ready to play in the postseason.