Ben, Bell, Brown to not play against the Browns

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The Steelers have nothing to play for on Sunday. And so three of their most important players won’t be playing.

Via Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal, coach Mike Tomlin said Wednesday that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, running back Le’Veon Bell, and receiver Antonio Brown will sit out the Week 17 contest against the Cleveland Browns.

It makes sense. Having all three players healthy will be critical to a playoff run that could result in another Super Bowl appearance. Last year, the Steelers nearly made it to the AFC title game with only Roethlisberger available. If all three are healthy and effective, the Steelers could be threat to contend for Super Bowl championship No. 7.

The end result could be a real chance for the Browns to emerge with win No. 2. Which would provide a decent layer of icing to a steaming turd of a season.

30 responses to “Ben, Bell, Brown to not play against the Browns

  1. “The end result could be a real chance for the Browns to emerge with win No. 2.”

    Only if Bob is released from the concussion protocol. Or is it, only if Bob remains in the concussion protocol? I get confused…

  2. Half the time this strategy backfires and the team comes out flat and rusty the next week. I think it’s better to risk playing them just the first half to avoid that happening – and REALLY let it rip.

    I mean, play home run football, come out aggressive and gambling. Who cares anyways if you lose when it doesn’t matter? Kill shots with different players on every play. Everyone knows that when you play not to get hurt, the more likely you are to get hurt; so play to WIN. Ahh well, just my opinion.

    Go Steelers!

  3. Stupid move and they will come out Rusty the next week.

    Steelers Defense blows and they won’t be going to the Superbowl

  4. “Only if Bob is released from the concussion protocol. Or is it, only if Bob remains in the concussion protocol? I get confused…”

    Have you been checked for a concussion lately?

    lolz

  5. sewalters79 says:
    Dec 28, 2016 2:39 PM
    Stupid move and they will come out Rusty the next week.
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    I’m no Steelers fan but it’s hard to fathom 3 of the best veteran players at their respective positions will somehow come out rusty after one week off at the end of a season. It’s not like we are talking about rookies. How rusty did Bell look after coming off a 3 game suspension at the start of the season?

  6. harrisonhits2 says:
    Dec 28, 2016 2:57 PM
    “Only if Bob is released from the concussion protocol. Or is it, only if Bob remains in the concussion protocol? I get confused…”

    Have you been checked for a concussion lately?

    lolz

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    Have you lost your sense of humor? Sarcasm may be hard to spell….but come on that was clever…..

  7. I’d sit more than just those 3… There’s at least 3 defensive players I’d sit too!

    On the other hand… Even when the browns win… they lose! lol

  8. They are not sniffing the SB. I’m not convinced they will get past the first round of playoffs.

  9. rea725 says:
    Dec 28, 2016 3:04 PM
    My Browns win and then lose the #1 overall pick? huy vey.

    ***************
    Look at the bright side – they would never get the pick right anyway, so you may as well come away from the game with a positive feeling.

    At least until the 2017 draft.

  10. Smart move. I’d take the chance of them being rusty over an injury. Try to avoid rust, someone gets hurt, then everyone says ” why were they playing.” I bet Oakland fans wish Carr was riding the pine in the 4th quarter last week.

  11. weird, steelers going to possibly win their 7th super bowl since the early 70s, and green bay has been to 3 of them since 1968, winning 2 and losing 1. but yet green bay is titletown? the math doesnt add up . pittsburgh has been to 8 super bowls since 1974..winning 6 and losing 2..hmm, i guess titletown only extends in a 600 foot radius around midfield at lambeau field.

  12. I don’t think that team that plays up in the northeast will make it very far. One and done.

  13. @leatherface2012… you do realize the NFL had championships prior to 1967, right? That there was an era pre-SB?

    Based on this shocking fact, GB has 13 titles (1929, 1930, 1931, 1936, 1939, 1944, 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966 (SB1), 1967 (SB2), 1996 (SB31), 2010 (SB45))

    Chicago Bears have 8 titles (1932, 1933, 1940, 1941, 1943, 1946, 1963, 1985 (SB20))

    Once you get to 14 championships, Pittsburgh can lay claim to being Titletown…. until then, you might want to check the facts before spouting off…

    Signed,
    A lifelong Browns fan… (also with 8 championships by the way (all 4 in the AAFC-1946, 1947, 1948, 1949) and 4 in the NFL (1950, 1954, 1955, 1964))

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