With the No. 3 playoff seed locked up, Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin acknowledged he’s considering resting several star players for Sunday’s finale against the Cleveland Browns.
He cited Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, Le’Veon Bell and Maurkice Pouncey as candidates, the last three of whom have missed past playoff games as a result of injury.
Antonio Brown has a four-catch lead on Larry Fitzgerald heading into the regular-season finale.
That decision is smart for playoff preparation but affects the statistical bottom line for a few of his players, which obviously is secondary to winning in January but is noteworthy nonetheless.
Limited Youth Rob Ninkovich Jersey “We’re not going fear the what ifs,” Tomlin said. “We’re going to prepare and play this game. We’re going to give Steeler Nation what they deserve, which is preparation that leads to a winning performance.”
Roethlisberger is cool with sitting, saying on 93.7 The Fan this week that resting his “old bones” wouldn’t be such a bad thing.
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The Steelers don’t include performance-based incentives in contracts, so motivation to play won’t have anything to do with money. For those who care about numbers, though, the implications are obvious:
Brown has four-catch lead in race for NFL receptions crown: Brown’s 106-catch total edges Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who enters the season finale against the Los Angeles Rams with 102 grabs.