With the Steelers currently the No. 5 seed in the AFC playoff field and in position to climb all the way to No. 1, they’d benefit from the presence of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on Sunday at Cleveland.
And they may have it.
Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that Roethsliberger, who suffered a sprained ankle 19 days ago against the Browns, has a “shot” to play.
Charlie Batch led the Steelers to a 27-0 win over the Browns. He had a 3-1 record in 2010 during Roethlisberger’s suspension.
The Steelers can capture the No. 2 seed in the AFC with a win and a Ravens loss to the Bengals. The road to Indy will wind through Pittsburgh if the Steelers win and the Ravens and Patriots lose.
There’s also an added benefit, if Ben plays. That tent he wore during Saturday’s game would be available to provide shelter for up to 50 tailgating fans who make the drive to Cleveland.