The Steelers are in a unique position heading into the final weekend of the regular season. They wrapped up an AFC first-round playoff bye with their victory against Houston, but they might not be in position to rest their stars Sunday against the Cleveland Browns when they visit Heinz Field.

It’s not like the 2016 regular-season finale against the Browns, when the Steelers rested Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and others in advance of their first playoff game on wild-card weekend. The Steelers had absolutely nothing to gain by playing their stars in that game. That’s not true this year.

The Steelers still can earn the No. 1 seed in the AFC. They have to beat the Browns and hope the 5-10 Jets beat the Patriots on the road.

Coach Mike Tomlin said he is discussing with his coaching staff which players he will opt to play Sunday.