Ben Roethlisberger won’t play Sunday, Mason Rudolph starts

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The last time that Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph started against the Browns, he wound up being blasted in the head by a helmet-wielding Myles Garrett during a post-play fracas.

Rudolph will get another chance to face Garrett and the Browns in Week 17. Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin announced on Tuesday that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will not play against Cleveland this weekend and that Rudolph will get the start in his place.

“I haven’t had an opportunity to talk to him about it, but I’m sure he’s excited about the opportunity to start,” Tomlin said of Rudolph.

Tomlin noted that the team can not move up to the top seed in the AFC and said other players may also sit out, but that the Steelers will be trying to win the game. A victory and a Bills loss would secure the No. 2 seed for Pittsburgh while a loss gives Buffalo the spot.

Any decision to rest starters will have an impact on the Wild Card race as well. The Browns are in the playoffs with a win and the path to victory would presumably look a little better against second-string players.

40 responses to “Ben Roethlisberger won’t play Sunday, Mason Rudolph starts

  1. Ben hasnt looked healthy since he got his leg bent funny in that Cowboys game… Maybe a week off will be good for him.

  2. Good call. There is no need to play any of the key players. Home field advantage is almost meaningless this year. No need to risk injury in a game that means very little to the Steelers. In the playoffs, they will play who they play according to seeding. If they can’t beat that team, they don’t deserve to move on. IMO.

  3. Good move to rest Ben and as many vets as possible. They won the division what is to be gained by risking Bens health?

  4. A victory for Pittsburgh would not secure the 2 seed. Buffalo has the tie break. Only way for Pitt to secure the 2 seed is with a victory AND a Bills loss. Or a similar story with tied outcomes.

  5. Don’t count out the Steelers some years back Buffalo needed to win to get into the playoffs and got beat by Steelers 2nd and 3rd stringers ending their season.

  6. So, the potential of hosting TWO playoff games doesn’t matter? Maybe Myles Garret hit him in the head with a helmet!

  7. Team would be 3-12 instead of 12-3, if Rudolph had started from day 1. This is his last rehearsal, and he will fail miserably. Time to find Ben’s successor elsewhere.

  8. For Buffalo and Pitt, it doesn’t seem to be a lot to play for unless you’re trying to prevent a particular matchup.

  9. I don’t really get the “they giving up hosting two playoff games crowd.” For one thing, they have to win the first one to have a second. Maybe it’s just me, but who really cares about home or away this year? I would be all for risking an injury if the stadiums were full and they could feed off of the fans’ energy. However, a basically empty stadium is an empty stadium. To me, the week off, is more important. In other words, I just don’t see the risk vs reward. IMO

  10. The Steelers Organization violated Covid Protocols earlier this season. On Sunday, after their game, they celebrated in the locker room without masks. They are repeat offenders now. The Saints did this earlier in the season and were fined $500,000 and lost a 7th round draft choice. When will the NFL hand down the same punishment to the Steelers?

  11. I knew we couldn’t make it to Wed without a little big Ben drama. I don’t know who enjoys it more Roethlisberger or Tomlin

  12. Why risk injury? Right decision, It would be hilarious if the browns still found a way to lose.

  13. directdriver says:
    December 29, 2020 at 1:56 pm
    So they want to throw the game in order to bump the Ravens out of the playoff?

    The Ravens control their own destiny. They beat the Bengals are in.

  14. With the NFL phasing out first-round byes in order to make more money, teams that clinch should seriously consider just forfeiting their last regular season and take the rest. Everyone would cry about it, but if you want to win, do what you have to.

  15. losangelesbillsofbuffalo says:
    December 29, 2020 at 12:40 pm
    A victory for Pittsburgh would not secure the 2 seed. Buffalo has the tie break. Only way for Pitt to secure the 2 seed is with a victory AND a Bills loss. Or a similar story with tied outcomes.


    Like the article says? Cool.

  16. yeah, don’t try for the two seed…that means KC will dismiss them if they even make it that far. Wouldn’t have to play them until AFC Title game as 2 seed.

  17. 12bern says:
    December 29, 2020 at 12:58 pm

    What could possibly go wrong?

    Probably far less than the “We’re going to play all our starters for 60 minutes” scenario.

  18. Pride wise, you would think the Steelers would want to eliminate the Browns from the playoffs but Big Ben isnt getting any younger but can Cleveland seal the deal ?

  19. Ben looked quite healthy and good in the 2nd half against the Colts. That’s why they came back from being down 17.

  20. I wouldn’t be surprised if Steeler WRs are quietly relieved that Rudolph starts the way Ben has hung them out to dry with this quick throws…

  21. “guitarkevin says:
    December 29, 2020 at 2:53 pm
    Steelers are gonna get rolled in the first round”

    Want a sure bet? If the Steelers win their first round game, you won’t be anywhere around to admit to being wrong. Cowards never do. They run and hide.

  22. Hey Mason you know who will be lined up on the other side lol. How did this game not get pushed to Sunday night.

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