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Steelers to rest T.J. Watt, Cam Heyward, in addition to Ben Roethlisberger, Week 17 against Cleveland


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#Pittsburgh #Steelers head coach #Mike #Tomlin had already noted quarterback #Ben #Roethlisberger would be out this weekend against the #Cleveland #Browns as the team prepares for the playoffs. #However, the list of #Steelers that will be absent continues to grow. The team will also rest edge rusher T.J. #Watt, defensive end #Cam #Heyward and center #Maurkice #Pouncey, according to #Gerry #Dulac of the #Pittsburgh #Post-Gazette.

#Watt is a strong contender for #Defensive #Player of the #Year. The fourth-year player out of #Wisconsin recorded 15 sacks, 26 tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles and one interception in 2020. #Heyward has been similarly impactful for the once 11-0 #Steelers. #He has made 8.5 tackles for a loss, four sacks and one interception.

#Pittsburgh will start #Mason #Rudolph at quarterback. #Rudolph and #Browns edge rusher #Myles #Garrett were involved in a helmet-swinging incident 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 pick out of #Florida, is in his 11th season with the organization.

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#Rudolph has completed three of four passes thrown for nine yards this year.

#Pittsburgh pulled off a necessary comeback last week against #Indianapolis after dropping its previous three games. They secured the AFC #North title as well as either the #No. 2 or #No. 3 seed in the AFC playoffs along with #Buffalo. #Kansas #City remains the top seed and neither the #Bills nor #Steelers can take that from them in #Week 17.

#Cleveland, on the other hand, likely needs a victory to secure its first playoff trip since 2002. The #Browns lost in the wild-card round to the #Steelers that year. The franchise is currently dealing with a potential COVID-19 outbreak and could also be without some key players.

#Pittsburgh trounced its rival, 38-7 when the teams met earlier this season.





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