Reporting: Mike Zappone

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Steelers end their season this Sunday at Heinz Field against the Cleveland Browns. A playoff run is gone, but avoiding a losing season, not to mention pride, is still on the line.

It’s rare the Steelers find themselves in this situation.

In fact, you probably have to go back to Bill Cowher’s final season for the last time the Steelers entered the final week of the season with no chance at all of advancing to the playoffs.

So, as the Steelers wrapped up their final practice of the season on Friday, it was time for some to think about whether Sunday will be the final time they wear the black and gold.

Then, there’s wide receiver Mike Wallace who was ruled out for Sunday with an injury.

He may have already played his final game with the Steelers. While he wasn’t ruling anything out, it’s pretty clear Wallace expects the kind of payday this offseason that will likely price him out of Pittsburgh.

“I don’t know, we’ll see; but I got big plans no matter what the situation. I definitely got big plans for myself and for my family, so we’ll see how it goes, but hopefully everything goes in a positive manner,” Wallace said. “This year obviously didn’t go exactly the way I wanted it to go, but I’m happy with my start to my career and I feel like I’m on the right path to do some great things, so you just got to continue to work hard, be humble and get better every day.”

The fact the Steelers and Wallace weren’t able to reach a deal before the season seems to make it more than likely his payday will come somewhere else.

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