Sit stars in finale? Steelers' Mike Tomlin says he competence do it – Tribune

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Ben Roethlisberger appears during slightest open to sitting out Sunday’s regular-season finale.

His manager pronounced he is weighing a probability of his star quarterback and others not personification Sunday, too.

During his weekly news discussion Tuesday, Mike Tomlin pronounced he and his staff were in a routine of deliberating what maestro players competence be hold out of a New Year’s Eve diversion opposite Cleveland.

“We don’t try to overthink these things,” Tomlin said. “We set out on this thing to browbeat a AFC North, and we have an AFC North diversion this weekend during a place. That’ll be a mentality.”

The Steelers (12-3) have swept their initial 5 local games and can finish 6-0 in a AFC North for a initial time given 2008 win a feat Sunday during Heinz Field. Since a multiplication was combined in 2002, a Steelers have swept their 3 multiplication rivals usually twice.

The unfolding for final season’s culmination opposite a Browns during home was rather identical There are, however, dual large differences:

• The Steelers’ playoff seeding this deteriorate is not set. They can be no worse than No. 2 in a AFC though can acquire a tip seed if they win and New England (12-3) loses to a New York Jets (5-10).

• Cleveland is on a verge of being usually a second group in NFL story to go 0-16.

Speaking on his 93.7 FM weekly radio segment, Roethlisberger was neutral on either he approaching or preferred to play Sunday.

“I will take a mindset and proceed that I’m going to play and win a football game, and if manager says no or maybe it seems like it’s a preseason diversion where we play a integrate array or a half, we am not unequivocally sure,” Roethlisberger said.

Two factors that won’t play into Tomlin’s decision-making: a potentially prolonged layoff before a Steelers’ initial playoff diversion (they have a first-round bye) and people chasing statistical difficulty titles. Roethlisberger is second in flitting yards and Le’Veon Bell second in rushing yards.

Still, it would be atypical for a playoff-bound group not sealed into a seed to lay players — quite in this instance, given a Steelers have struggled so badly in New England opposite Tom Brady (0-5, including final season’s AFC championship game).

“It’s one of those things if we put everybody out there a whole diversion to try to get that one seed, meaningful a Patriots horde a Jets, (a New England loss) competence not be really likely,” Roethlisberger said. “And with (possible) injuries, we theory we don’t know. That’s because coaches make large bucks, to make decisions like that.”

One star who really will not play opposite Cleveland is Antonio Brown, who still is out with a calf contusion. There are usually 6 other players among a 53 on a active register who will not be in uniform Sunday.

Roethlisberger, Bell, Brown and Maurkice Pouncey were dead and James Harrison did not play in final season’s finale, a 27-24 overtime feat opposite a 1-14 Browns team.

If he plays Sunday, Roethlisberger will have done it by a full 16-game unchanging deteriorate for usually a fourth time in 14 seasons.

“I am uncertain (who will sit) as we mount here right now,” Tomlin pronounced Tuesday. “It’s apparent that those discussions are in play. We will do what’s best for us, short-term and long, and won’t demeanour behind on it.”

Chris Adamski is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him during or around Twitter @C_AdamskiTrib.

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