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Ben, Bell, Brown to not play against the Browns

Baltimore Ravens v Pittsburgh Steelers

PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 25: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers reacts after throwing a 4 yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown #84 in the fourth quarter during the game against the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field on December 25, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

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The Steelers have nothing to play for on Sunday. And so three of their most important players won’t be playing.

Via Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal, coach Mike Tomlin said Wednesday that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, running back Le’Veon Bell, and receiver Antonio Brown will sit out the Week 17 contest against the Cleveland Browns.

It makes sense. Having all three players healthy will be critical to a playoff run that could result in another Super Bowl appearance. Last year, the Steelers nearly made it to the AFC title game with only Roethlisberger available. If all three are healthy and effective, the Steelers could be threat to contend for Super Bowl championship No. 7.

The end result could be a real chance for the Browns to emerge with win No. 2. Which would provide a decent layer of icing to a steaming turd of a season.