Antonio Gates (hamstring) remained sidelined at Friday's practice.
It's a pretty obvious sign that he's not going to play this week. Hunter Henry played 59-of-61 offensive snaps with Gates sidelined in Week 3. He'll be in the TE1 mix Sunday against New Orleans.
Markus Wheaton is still dealing with "discomfort" in his shoulder.
An AC sprain in Wheaton's shoulder cost him the first two weeks. He returned in Week 3, dropped three passes, and got benched before returning when Eli Rogers (turf toe) left the game. The Steelers can't count on Wheaton to make meaningful contributions at this point. He's droppable in 14-team leagues.
Josh Doctson (Achilles) is out for Week 4 against the Browns.
Doctson didn't practice this week and coach Jay Gruden hinted that he could be facing a multi-week absence. Achilles issues sidelined Doctson for most of the offseason and apparently the injury has resurfaced. Doctson has logged just 31 snaps this year. He isn't worth a bench stash in re-draft leagues.
Eli Rogers (turf toe) has been ruled out for Week 4 against Kansas City.
This sets up to increase Markus Wheaton's playing time at slot receiver, although Wheaton dropped three passes and got benched last week. We wouldn't be surprised to see Le'Veon Bell play a ton of slot receiver on Sunday night.
Alshon Jeffery (hamstring, knee) is questionable for Week 4 against the Lions.
Jeffery seems to draw the questionable tag every week, but we're guessing he'll be able to play after putting in a limited week of practice. He's due for a touchdown after going without one in his first three games. He'll be a borderline WR1 against Detroit.
Steelers ILB Ryan Shazier (knee) will miss Week 4.
It's a huge loss for the middle of Pittsburgh's defense, which is also dealing with injuries at slot corner (Sean Davis, back) and strong safety (Robert Golden, hamstring). Shazier is the Steelers' coverage-maven inside linebacker. His absence is an upgrade to Travis Kelce's Week 4 matchup.
Ka'Deem Carey (hamstring) is listed as doubtful for Week 4.
Jordan Howard will be the Bears' every-down back against Detroit.
Jay Cutler (thumb) is listed as doubtful for Week 4.
He missed practice on Thursday and Friday, and the Bears don't seem to be in any rush to get Cutler back. Brian Hoyer quietly finished as a top-12 fantasy passer in Week 3 against the Cowboys and has an enticing Week 4 matchup against a porous Lions pass defense. Hoyer is worth a look as a low-end streamer.