The Pittsburgh Steelers are planning to rest quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and running back Le'Veon Bell in Sunday's season finale against the Cleveland Browns, according to sources. Players were told during the week that Roethlisberger and Bell would sit out the game and that Landry Jones would start at quarterback, the sources said. The Steelers have been plagued by high-profile injuries at playoff time in recent years and have struggled to get Roethlisberger, Bell and wide receiver Antonio Brown on the field at the same time in January. Brown already has been ruled out for Sunday's game with a calf injury he suffered in Week 15, and while the Steelers hope to have him back for their playoff game in two weeks, they want to make sure they don't risk injury to either of their other two major offensive stars as they head into the playoffs. The Steelers are assured of a first-round bye in this year's AFC playoffs. They could still get the No. 1 seed in the AFC with a win Sunday over the winless Browns and a loss by the New England Patriots against the New York Jets, but apparently that chance isn't significant enough to warrant risking injury to their starting quarterback or their do-everything running back in a Week 17 game.
Steelers resting Ben Roethlisberger, Le'Veon Bell vs. Browns ahead of postseason
ESPN | Dec 31