Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin had currently noted quarterback Ben Roethlisberger would be out this weekend versus the Cleveland Browns as the group prepares for the playoffs. The list of Steelers that will be missing continues to grow. The group will also rest edge rush T.J. Watt, protective end Web cam Heyward and center Maurkice Pouncey, according to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Watt is a strong competitor for Defensive Gamer of the Year. The fourth-year player out of Wisconsin recorded 15 sacks, 26 tackles for a loss, two required fumbles and one interception in2020 Heyward has actually been similarly impactful for the once 11 -0 Steelers. He has actually made 8.5 takes on for a loss, four sacks and one interception.
Pittsburgh will begin Mason Rudolph at quarterback. Rudolph and Browns edge rusher Myles Garrett were associated with a helmet-swinging occurrence that resulted in Garrett’s six-game suspension to end his 2019 season. Pouncey was the first on the scene to defend his quarterback. Pouncey, a former first-round choose of Florida, is in his 11 th season with the company.
Rudolph has actually completed three of four passes tossed for 9 yards this year.
Pittsburgh managed an essential return last week versus Indianapolis after dropping its previous 3 video games. They protected the AFC North title in addition to either the No. 2 or No. 3 seed in the AFC playoffs in addition to Buffalo. Kansas City remains the front runner and neither the Bills nor Steelers can take that from them in Week 17.
Cleveland, on the other hand, likely needs a success to protect its first playoff journey because2002 The Browns lost in the wild-card round to the Steelers that year. The franchise is currently handling a prospective COVID-19 break out and might also be without some key players.
Pittsburgh trounced its competitor, 38 -7 when the groups satisfied earlier this season.