The Pittsburgh Steelers are preparing for an absolute meaningless game. These don’t come often, but the black and gold can’t improve, or worsen, their playoff positioning with a win or loss in Week 17 when the Cleveland Browns come to Heinz Field.
With the game meaning nothing, the main discussion this week has been which players will, should or could be given time off to ensure they are healthy for the AFC Wild Card game the following week.
On the latest episode of the Steelers Connection, I talk about who I would sit, for how long, and who should replace those starters in the lineup this Sunday at Heinz Field. There are some fans who are suggesting the team treat this upcoming game as if it were a preseason game, but the fact remains the team’s roster simply can’t rest the entire offensive and defensive lines, as well as those skill position players.
Mike Tomlin said at his Tuesday press conference there is a strong likelihood Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell, Maurkice Pouncey and Le’Veon Bell are given the day off but what about the other players?
Check out my list:
Lawrence Timmons gets rest for Vince Williams
Ryan Shazier rested for L.J. Fort and/or Tyler Matakevich
Mike Mitchell off for either Robert Golden or Jordan Dangerfield
James Harrison rested for Arthur Moats / Anthony Chickillo
Alejandro Villanueva and Marcus Gilbert subbed for Brian Mihalik
Ramon Foster and David DeCastro subbed for Chris Hubbard
To get the full list, as well as plenty of explanation for each decision, check out the above podcast for more in-depth analysis.