Odds improving for Browns vs. Steelers

Steelers vs. Browns The two big causes for concern this week

It appears, however, that neither Roethlisberger nor Steelers star running back Le'Veon Bell or receiver Antonio Brown, will be on the field when Cleveland attempts to avoid National Football League infamy, with offensive lineman Marcus Gilbert telling Tim Benz of the Tribune-Review Sports that he didn't expect Pittsburgh's "Killer B's" to play against the Browns.

After his team's season-opening 19-13 victory in Cleveland, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said of the Browns, "that team is going to surprise a lot of people". The New England Patriots added him to their practice squad ahead of the first game of the 2016 season, but he was released a week later.

Pittsburgh would need the Jets to beat the Patriots to have a shot at the top seed in the AFC and they don't seem too confident in that happening and thus, will give Bell and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger two weeks off before the divisional round.

In last year's Week 17 game, the Steelers also rested several prominent players.

This will not be an easy decision for Tomlin to make, as Sunday's finale is not meaningless.

"Ben's not there so they'll get a little taste of (QB) Landry Jones", he said. Both players missed the Steelers Week 16 game with those injuries but appear to be on track to play some Sunday.

That said, Gilbert will be more than happy to get back on the field after completing a four-game suspension.

Maurkice Pouncey (hip) and Antonio Brown (calf) didn't practice while Coty Sensabaugh (shoulder) an Ramon Foster (concussion) were full participants for the second straight day.

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