The Pittsburgh Steelers had no problems getting by without Ben Roethlisberger in their latest game, and there's a chance they could give their ailing quarterback another week to rest during their regular-season finale.
The potential for an even more significant week off may sway that decision.
A first-round bye is in sight for the Steelers with a victory over the host Cleveland Browns on Sunday and some help, but otherwise they'd likely need to win three times on the road to make a return trip to the Super Bowl.
After suffering a high ankle sprain in a 14-3 win over Cleveland in Week 14, Roethlisberger played through pain in a 20-3 loss at San Francisco 11 days later, throwing three interceptions as Pittsburgh blew a chance to stay in the driver's seat for the AFC's top seed.
Needing two wins and a Baltimore loss to win the AFC North and guarantee at least a first-round bye, the Steelers (11-4) rested Roethlisberger in favor of Charlie Batch last weekend against St. Louis. Batch...