Marcus Gilbert says Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell won’t play Sunday

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The Steelers can be the top seed in the AFC playoffs if they win while the Patriots lose to the Jets, but one of the team’s starters said Thursday that Pittsburgh won’t be playing two of their top offensive players.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and running back Le'Veon Bell were both listed as limited for non-injury reasons in Thursday’s practice and right tackle Marcus Gilbert said that they will both be more than limited on Sunday.

“We’ll have Landry Jones in there,” Gilbert said, via Tim Benz of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “We wont have Ben. Or 8-4 [Antonio Brown, who is dealing with a calf injury]. Or Le’Veon Bell.”

Center Maurkice Pouncey (hip) didn’t practice while defensive end Cameron Heyward, a Walter Payton Man of the Year award nominee, was also limited for reasons unrelated to an injury. That may also be a hint that they’ll be sitting to rest for the playoffs.

If that’s the case, it suggests the Steelers don’t expect the Patriots to have much trouble beating the Jets. It would also stand to improve the Browns’ chances of avoiding an 0-16 season, although that’s hardly a sure thing when talking about a team that’s won once since the start of the 2016 season.

68 responses to “Marcus Gilbert says Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell won’t play Sunday

  1. I wonder if they’ll keep Ben active in case something really weird happens with the Pats/Jets game.

    If they aren’t going to keep Ben active I’d like to see Dobbs in (especially if the Pats game gets out of hand) since the Steelers need to find a post-Ben solution which could be needed as soon as next season.

  2. Well if the Browns do manage to win, the list of excuses from Steelers fans will never end. It goes without saying that with these starters the Steelers win, but these insufferable fans won’t be able to let it go without saying it anyways.

  3. I hope this isn’t true. Over Ben’s career he really seems to struggle in the first game back after time off. He’s been on such a hot streak I’d really hate to sit him for two weeks.

  4. If the Jets win and Steelers lose… I wonder if Trippy will be the first coach whose team has a bye to be fired in NFL history.
    🙂

  5. 345snarkavenue says:
    December 28, 2017 at 4:50 pm
    Well if the Browns do manage to win, the list of excuses from Steelers fans will never end. It goes without saying that with these starters the Steelers win, but these insufferable fans won’t be able to let it go without saying it anyways.
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    The thing is, there are “insufferable fans” in EVERY fan base. It isn’t an exclusive club. You ever read the things that some of the Patriot faithful put on here…lol Insufferable indeed….

  6. Jeez. They are gonnA get smoked again by patriots if they even get there. Every year same result.

  7. If the Steelers “give” us a win I’ll take it. It has come to this, I will accept pure charity because we’re simply incapable of earning ourselves. Pathetic but true.

  8. Dey still gotta beat the Pats lol Looking at highlights of Baker Mayfield 2017: the kid is akin to a Ballet Master — look at his footwork — he’s like Russell Wilson, Steve Young and Johnny Manziel 3.0, all rolled into one lol Sam Bradford and Landry Jones (former Okie Sooners, were never this good).

  9. gooboy6 says:
    December 28, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    what if the Jets win ? and Steelers lose ?
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    More of “Man, that was a touchdown.”

  10. “Steelers rest while New England sweats out the top seed and possible injuries. I like it A lot. Don’t slip on the banana.”

    This exact scenario played out last year. The Patriots won the Super Bowl. The Steelers watched it on TV.

  11. How ironic would it be if the Steelers went on the win Super Bowl LII while also having the distinguished honor of being the only team to lose to the Cleveland Browns in 2017…

  12. steelcurtainn says:
    December 28, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    Steelers rest while New England sweats out the top seed and possible injuries. I like it A lot. Don’t slip on the banana.
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    That is one creative and optimistic way to describe the Steelers waving the white flag.

  13. These guys will take off two weeks, come back soft as hell, and get bounced right out of the playoffs in the first round.

  14. steelcurtainn says:
    December 28, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    Steelers rest while New England sweats out the top seed and possible injuries. I like it A lot. Don’t slip on the banana.
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    Steelers fans have gone from rooting for their team, to openly hoping for injuries to Patriots players. This is a complete demoralization of a once proud fanbase. This is truly a conquered group, and they know their precious cries of sixburgh will be meaningless once NE gets a sixth.

  15. puckskin says:
    December 28, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    Steelers fans have gone from rooting for their team, to openly hoping for injuries to Patriots players. This is a complete demoralization of a once proud fanbase. This is truly a conquered group, and they know their precious cries of sixburgh will be meaningless once NE gets a sixth.
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    It’s no wonder that Harrison wanted out.

  16. This is truly a conquered group, and they know their precious cries of sixburgh will be meaningless once NE gets a sixth.
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    New england will never get six as long as the refs are not involved. They’ve been lucky to be giving the last two and have asterisk by their other superbowl called wins.

  17. steelpenguin6687 says:
    December 28, 2017 at 5:46 pm
    345snarkavenue says:
    December 28, 2017 at 4:50 pm
    Well if the Browns do manage to win, the list of excuses from Steelers fans will never end. It goes without saying that with these starters the Steelers win, but these insufferable fans won’t be able to let it go without saying it anyways.
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    The thing is, there are “insufferable fans” in EVERY fan base. It isn’t an exclusive club. You ever read the things that some of the Patriot faithful put on here…lol Insufferable indeed…

    Yup, well said. Couple of them going at it right now!

  18. steelcurtainn says:

    “Steelers rest while New England sweats out the top seed and possible injuries. I like it A lot. Don’t slip on the banana.”

    Sounds like someone is disappointed that their home team doesn’t have to grit to go for it this week, if only out of self respect.
    And you wonder why the Patriots are always a step ahead and a cut above the also ran in the NFL.

  19. Well done Jags. The team and the extra seats. If you are successful enough your fans can look forward to being branded bandwagon fans but the refs will fix all your games for you. Or at least that’s what I hear.

    But don’t listen to those folks, just enjoy the ride as long as it lasts.

  20. steelcurtainn says:
    December 28, 2017 at 7:35 pm
    When healthy Steelers will obliterate New England in the playoffs.

    Franco Harris isn’t walking through that door. Steelers not healthy? They lost to a Pats team missing their AB in Edelman all season. Hogan, Mitchell, Hightower, Van Noy just to name a few. Good teams figure it out.

  21. redright88thefumblethedrive says:
    December 28, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    DepressedFootballFan says:
    December 28, 2017 at 4:40 pm
    Great. So now us Browns fans can languish in the fact that our 0-16 season was finalized by the Steelers BACKUPS.

    ugh.

    Landry Jones is pretty bad..
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    Jones not only beat Cleveland last year but he did so in Cleveland. This game is in Pittsburgh. Good decision by Tomlin (21-4 in his last 25 games, never had a losing season).

  22. Every year the steelers and packers are the most overrated teams in football. This year is no different. Would be shocked if they make it to the super bowl yet there were many “experts” predicting it at the beginning of the year.

  23. I used to joke about it, but it’s clear as day now, Trip has no control over this team at all. They’re spiraling out of control.

    But none of that will matter when SUPERBOWL MVP JOE FLACCO knocks them out on the way to his 2nd SUPERBOWL MVP.

  24. Can any Stiller fan name the last team to rest starters in week 17 and win the Superbowl…? Can someone in the media please ask Tomlin this question…? It’s frustrating as fans to see such stupidity from someone who’s supposed to know better than us… how can you be a Superbowl winning head coach if you can’t even get the most simple and obvious decisions correct…

  25. “Well if the Browns do manage to win, the list of excuses from Steelers fans will never end. It goes without saying that with these starters the Steelers win, but these insufferable fans won’t be able to let it go without saying it anyways.”

    Sp you’re going to brag about winning this game? Gloating over a 1-win season while the Steelers are resting their players? Browns fans have stooped to an all-time low. Their fanbase is beyond delusional.

  26. number1hawkfan says:
    December 28, 2017 at 8:48 pm
    Every year the steelers and packers are the most overrated teams in football. This year is no different. Would be shocked if they make it to the super bowl yet there were many “experts” predicting it at the beginning of the year.

    Not exactly sure you know what overrated means. To this point in the season, the Steelers are 7-2 against teams with a winning record. That is over half their schedule against tough opponents. They have played the most and beat the most teams with a winning record. They are the only team to have a guy that’s top five in passing, rushing, and receiving. The defense is also top 10. But hey, don’t let facts get in the way of your opinions.

  27. Why is the right tackle the spokesman for the Steelers Organization?? The more I watch this team, the more it is obvious that there are some leadership issues from the top down.

    This is the role of the coach or coaches, not a position player.

  28. steelpenguin6687 says:
    December 28, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    The thing is, there are “insufferable fans” in EVERY fan base. It isn’t an exclusive club. You ever read the things that some of the Patriot faithful put on here…lol Insufferable indeed….

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    True….i am very well aware of that. Even the best of commenters can step in to that realm on occasion, regardless of whether or not they will admit it.

    Cheers!

  29. So many Patriot fans talking about what happened between the Steelers and Patriots in prior years. That is history. Patriot coaches and players know that the Steelers won that game a couple weeks ago, plain and simple, regardless of that awful ref call. If they meet again in the playoffs, the Steelers will make the win “official”, and the Patriots and their fans know that. The Steelers are too talented this year and will overcome the differences in coaching skills. Can’t wait.

  30. number1hawkfan says:
    December 28, 2017 at 8:48 pm
    “Every year the steelers and packers are the most overrated teams in football. This year is no different. Would be shocked if they make it to the super bowl yet there were many “experts” predicting it at the beginning of the year.”

    Both teams made the A.F.C. Championship and the N.F.C. Championship games last year. Packers made the playoffs 9 years in a row. Steelers never had a losing record with Ben R. How overrated could they be? Oh and both teams have won Superbowl(s) with their current QB’s.

  31. steelcurtainn says:
    December 28, 2017 at 7:35 pm
    When healthy Steelers will obliterate New England in the playoffs.

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    Aww you guys keep saying that and then get beat and then come the excuses, rinse and repeat. The Pats wont be healthy, they never were before they wont be now, thats just football. They will still beat whatever teams make it to Foxborough this year. (Ravens are the real threat)

  32. holeinone09 says:
    December 29, 2017 at 7:10 am
    So many Patriot fans talking about what happened between the Steelers and Patriots in prior years. That is history. Patriot coaches and players know that the Steelers won that game a couple weeks ago, plain and simple, regardless of that awful ref call. If they meet again in the playoffs, the Steelers will make the win “official”, and the Patriots and their fans know that. The Steelers are too talented this year and will overcome the differences in coaching skills. Can’t wait.

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    So first this says history doesnt matter, then it starts complaining about history.

  33. The Steelers have never, ever, had a healthy Bell, Brown, & Ben for a complete game vs the Pats. I don’t care if they play the game in Belichicks back yard, if all 3 can be totally healthy for the playoffs, their chances to win the AFC are pretty damn close to the Pats.

  34. walker1191 says:
    December 28, 2017 at 5:56 pm
    Now Marcus Gilbert is running the show down there?

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    That’s a tight ship Tomlin is running!

  35. grant35 says:
    December 29, 2017 at 9:11 am
    The Steelers have never, ever, had a healthy Bell, Brown, & Ben for a complete game vs the Pats. I don’t care if they play the game in Belichicks back yard, if all 3 can be totally healthy for the playoffs, their chances to win the AFC are pretty damn close to the Pats.

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    They have never played a healthy Pats team either. But while one team makes excuses the other overcomes and wins. As long as that difference remains the Pats will be the superior team.

  36. Greenlargo says: They have never played a healthy Pats team either.

    Oh really? I think Brady has missed one gm vs them in his entire career. I didn’t do the math but I would imagine Ben & Bell have missed at least parts of 5-6 gms vs the Pats. Please tell me outside of Gronk last yr – who has been available for 6 gms vs the Steelers in his career – when have the Pats been shorthanded vs Pitt? BTW the Steelers will be missing their best D player (Shazier) & possibly ABrown this yr, as well. And don’t tell me Edelman is an elite player who is missing.

  37. steelcurtainn says:
    December 28, 2017 at 7:35 pm
    When healthy Steelers will obliterate New England in the playoffs.
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    So never then. No team is healthy in the playoffs and the Pats sure aren’t. Typical Steeler fan, “but, but we were missing our 3rd string gunner on the punt team so we had no chance vs the Patriots”.

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