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Tomlin may sit Roethlisberger, Bell

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

According to a CBS Sports story, the Pittsburgh Steelers may be giving the Cleveland Browns a late Christmas gift. The Steelers may sit Ben Roethlisberger and Le’Veon Bell.

That would mean the Big Three for the Steelers will be out in the regular-season finale. Antonio Brown, the third member of the Big Three, is already out, having suffered a calf injury against the New England Patriots.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger throwing a pass against the New England Patriots (Getty Images)

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger throwing a pass against the New England Patriots (Getty Images)

The Browns, who have been dreadful this season, would have to deal with Landry Jones and James Conner, if Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin elects to bench his stars.

While tackle Marcus Gilbert said Tomlin would sit his stars, Tomlin said he’s undecided. However, with nothing left to play for in the regular-season, the likelihood is that Tomlin would sit his guys.

He has done in it in the past, even if he doesn’t want to hint at it with the media.

“We’ll have Landry Jones in there,” Gilbert said to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazzette. “We won’t have Ben or [Brown] or Le’Veon Bell.”

Gilbert was the only member of the team to comment. Everyone else, including Tomlin, denied the rumors.

“I’m undecided as I stand here right now,” Tomlin said to the paper. “Like I mentioned, it’s obvious that those discussions, or those type of discussions, are in play. We’ll do what’s best for us short term and long and we won’t look back.”

“We will play and play to win that football game. Who we choose to employ or utilize or activate, we’re in the process of discussing. But make no mistake about it, the expectation will be what it is. The people we put on the field, we’ll expect them to play and play winning football.”

We all know Tomlin wants to win. But he doesn’t need his stars in the game to defeat the Browns, who are winless on the season.


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