Player News - Steelers

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Le'Veon Bell (MCL, PCL) has been cleared for the start of training camp.

That's the lone bit of good news as Bell awaits the appeal of his four-game suspension. Bell's ban is expected to stick. Each of Bell's past two seasons have been ended by serious knee issues, while he had foot problems as a rookie. He's emerged as a two-front risk in Dynasty leagues.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 28 - 7:05 PM

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin expects Le'Veon Bell's suspension appeal to take place in "mid-August."

Bell's odds of getting his four-game ban overturned are considered poor. He's gone from the No. 1 overall running back to troubled player we'd be hesitant to draft in the top two rounds.
Jul 28 - 5:10 PM

Steelers placed TE Ladarius Green (ankle surgery) on the active/PUP list.

There isn't a lot known about Green's status. He underwent an operation in January, the severity of which is unclear, and missed all of the offseason program. We'd expect he will be cleared soon, but that's just a guess until we get more information. Green will be a high-TD-upside TE1 if his health cooperates.
Jul 28 - 5:02 PM

The Steelers have given GM Kevin Colbert the additional title of vice president.

The Steelers' general manager since 2000, Colbert's job appeared to be a bit on the brink before back-to-back playoff appearances the past two seasons. His job is unlikely to come under threat again as long as Ben Roethlisberger is around.
Jul 28 - 3:31 PM

Steelers OLB Bud Dupree reported to training camp at 254 pounds, down 15 from his 2015 Combine weigh in.

Dupree admitted he hit the rookie wall last year, and evidently believes his heft had something to do with it. He was "270-plus" by the end of the season, and felt "sluggish." Dupree had just four sacks in 16 games, but flashed enough to create optimism for his sophomore year. Being in better shape can only help.
Jul 28 - 2:43 PM

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports the Steelers have made "no progress" in talks with contract-year RG David DeCastro.

Per Fowler, DeCastro is "shopping insurance policies" in case he's forced to play the season out under his fifth-year team option. The No. 24 overall pick of the 2012 draft, DeCastro had a shaky rookie year, but has since come on as one of the league's better guards. He turned 26 in January.
Jul 28 - 2:39 PM

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports the Steelers and walk-year ILB Lawrence Timmons are "not close" to a new deal.

Set to count $15.1 million against the cap in the final year of his deal, it would have made sense for the Steelers to extend Timmons before free agency for cap relief. Now heading into the season, there are not many reasons for the Steelers to push for an extension, especially considering Timmons' play fell off a cliff last year. It seems likely Timmons will play out the final year of his deal.
Jul 28 - 10:51 AM

Citing "information gathered," Profootballtalk.com reports there's a "strong sense" in league circles that Le'Veon Bell is unlikely to win the appeal of his four-game suspension.

The popular theory as to Bell's defense is that he changed his cellphone number and therefore was not contacted by the NFL prior to a drug test. Bell thus missed the test and was hit with a four-game ban. That defense isn't going to fly because Bell needed to inform the NFL of the cellphone change, assuming there ever was one. There also have been reports Bell missed multiple drug tests, not just one. Fantasy owners should approach Bell as if he won't be available until Week 5. DeAngelo Williams should be Pittsburgh's workhorse back in Weeks 1-4.
Jul 27 - 8:04 PM

Antonio Brown will not hold out of Steelers camp despite displeasure with his contract.

Brown is still working on the six-year, $43 million deal the Steelers gave him in 2012 after Mike Wallace rejected it. He caught 136 balls last season and collected a $1 million salary. Brown's salary this year is $6.25 million. As Brown is signed through 2017 and Pittsburgh has one of the worst cap situations in the league, an extension will probably be put off until next offseason.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 27 - 8:55 AM

Suspended WR Martavis Bryant is living in Nevada and "doing great," according to his agent.

"He's doing great," agent Brian Fettner assured. "He's taking everything seriously and living with his trainer, half a mile from his agent, surrounded by the right people. He's heartbroken that he's not allowed to play, but we are where we are and he's focused to not let it happen again." He's reportedly going to coach for a high school team. Bryant won't play in 2016 due to a four failed drug tests and two more missed tests. Bryant was rumored to be dealing with depression. He can apply for reinstatement next January.
Jul 27 - 8:46 AM

In an Instagram post, Le'Veon Bell declared he is "gonna win the appeal" of his four-game suspension.

The suspension stems from what Ian Rapoport described as "several" missed drug tests. Unless Bell has a legitimate reason for missing those tests, it is highly unlikely he wins the appeal. Still, he seems confident. "When I end up missin no games at all," Bell said, "[people] for sure gonna try to love me again." DeAngelo Williams will be Pittsburgh's workhorse back if (while) Bell is sidelined.
Jul 25 - 8:56 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Le'Veon Bell's potential four-game suspension is the result of "several" missed drug tests.

Rapoport added the Steelers have known about the potential suspension "for some time." Bell is planning to appeal, but his chances for success seem slim if it is true he missed multiple tests. DeAngelo Williams will be a sure-fire RB1 as long as Bell is sidelined.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 23 - 12:04 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the NFL will still require the players implicated in the Al Jazeera America report on performance-enhancing drugs to participate in an interview on the first day of training camp.

James Harrison made headlines by submitting a sworn affidavit denying the allegations last week, but it appears every implicated player submitted their own written statements as well. The league has rejected the NFLPA's contention that the statements constitute reasonable cooperation, and they assert the players are required to submit to in-person interviews. It is likely Harrison has a different opinion on the matter. Free agent OLB Mike Neal is the first player scheduled to be interviewed.
Jul 22 - 4:49 PM

DeAngelo Williams is expected to be the Steelers' starting running back in the first four games of the season.

This is due to Le'Veon Bell's latest substance abuse violation. In the nine games he played start to finish last season, Williams led all NFL running backs in touches per game (22.9), touchdowns (11), and snaps played. Assuming Bell's suspension stands -- and we'd be stunned if it didn't -- Williams will start at the Redskins in Week 1, versus the Vontaze Burfict-less Bengals in Week 2, at Philadelphia in Week 3, and versus Kansas City in Week 4.
Jul 22 - 10:21 AM

ESPN's Dan Graziano reports Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is facing a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Pittsburgh radio personality Mark Madden was first on this over a month ago, and the rumor appears to be true. Madden received word that Bell skipped a drug test, which in the eyes of the NFL is the same as failing a test. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Bell skipped "drug tests," plural. Bell will obviously appeal it, but it sounds like he's not going to be available the first month of the season. Knock him down several pegs in the fantasy rankings, as he's now clearly behind David Johnson, Todd Gurley, Adrian Peterson, and Ezekiel Elliott. Look for DeAngelo Williams to do the heavy lifting in September, with Antonio Brown becoming even more of the focal point of the offense.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 22 - 9:22 AM


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