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Steelers Injury Report: Common sense points to several starters missing Week 17

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The Pittsburgh Steelers final injury/game status report suggests a handful of starters won’t be playing on Sunday at Heinz Field.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers aren’t saying whether players like Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell, Cameron Heyward and Maurkice Pouncey are playing on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns in Week 17, but common sense shows they won’t be suiting up in the regular season finale.

This is sure to ruffle some black-and-gold fans’ feathers, considering if the Patriots lose to the Jets, and the Steelers beat the Browns, Pittsburgh would claim the top seed in the AFC Playoffs. But Mike Tomlin either doesn’t care, or believes his backups will be good enough to beat the 0-15 Browns.

Either way, although the Steelers’ injury report looks mighty clean, the fact Roethlisberger, Bell, Pouncey and Heyward have all missed the majority of practice this week points to them sitting this one out.

Get ready for the rust and rest stories to begin following the game.

Check out the full game reports for both Cleveland and Pittsburgh below:

Injury Report

Pittsburgh

OUT
WR Antonio Brown (Calf)

QUESTIONABLE
C Maurkice Pouncey (Hip)

Cleveland

OUT
FB Danny Vitale (Groin)

QUESTIONABLE
DB Briean Boddy-Calhoun (Knee)
RB Matthew Dayes (Knee)
DB Derron Smith (Hip)
DB Jamar Taylor (Foot)