Steelers resting Ben Roethlisberger, Le'Veon Bell vs. Browns ahead of postseason

Sources: Steelers resting Ben Roethlisberger, Le'Veon Bell vs. Browns ahead of postseason

In addition to the quick scoring drive, the Steelers' defense ratcheted up the pressure against the Browns and rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer throughout the first quarter.

Pittsburgh opted to bench most of its star players to assure their health for the playoffs.

The New England Patriots will play their starters Sunday against the New York Jets in Week 17.

But coach Mike Tomlin said the Steelers were going to focus not on ending the season strong but "starting January the right way". Bryant contributed again on Sunday with six catches for 65 yards, but Smith-Schuster shined brightest in Brown's absence with nine catches for 143 yards, one receiving touchdown and one kick return touchdown.

A nice milestone in a lost Browns season.

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That Jones played a tidy game while the Steelers experimented in their playbook.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are giving Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, running back Le'Veon Bell and other starters the day off against the winless Cleveland Browns despite having a shot at home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.

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