Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell to sit Week 17 vs. Browns, Steelers teammate says
The Steelers’ coaching staff has not announced whether Ben Roethlisberger or Le’Veon Bell will play in Pittsburgh’s season finale against the Browns Sunday, but offensive lineman Marcus Gilbert sure seems convinced the decision has been made.
We’ll have Landry Jones in there, Gilbert told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Thursday. We won’t have Ben. Or 8-4 (Antonio Brown). Or LeVeon Bell.
Gilbert elaborated further on Roethlisberger.
Ben’s not there so they’ll get a little taste of (QB) Landry Jones, he said. So we don’t know what to expect from them.”
Jones would not confirm whether he was starting, referring to it as a coach’s decision. Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley also said the choice had not been made yet.
However, if Gilbert is right, it will certainly make Sunday’s game more interesting. The Browns are currently 0-15 and will be trying to avoid becoming just the second team to finish 0-16.
The Steelers (12-3) have clinched a first-round bye and have a slim chance to secure home-field advantage with a win and a Patriots loss to the Jets. The latter seems unlikely so Pittsburgh is correct in resting their stars.
Miller, who had a combined .914 save percentage with the Canucks, bumped his mark up seven points to .935 with the Ducks.
It’s nice to come back, he said. I just tried to have fun with it.
Anders Nilsson allowed four goals on 19 shots for slumping Vancouver, which has just two wins in its last 12 games, before getting pulled early in the third period. Jacob Markstrom came on and finished with seven saves.
Making his first start since a 7-5 home loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Dec. 19, Nilsson gave up a bad goal just 56 seconds into the game. Lindholm fired a clearing attempt from his own blue line that Nilsson steered into the path of a hard-charging Henrique, who swooped into the corner and fired a shot from below the goal-line that somehow caromed off the goalie’s stick and in for his ninth of the season.
You’d like to make every save out there, said Nilsson, who saw his save percentage dip to .900. First one was definitely on me, that’s something I would like to have back.