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Dri Archer rushed one time for negative-one yard and caught two passes for 19 yards in Sunday's night's Week 17 win over the Bengals.

Archer saw a small bump in playing time after Le'Veon Bell's knee injury, but the Steelers were petrified to line up the 173-pounder in the backfield. Archer was out-carried by UDFA Josh Harris 5-1. The lightning fast third-round rookie is a package player and nothing more, a poor man's Darren Sproles. We wouldn't expect significant usage even if Bell can't go in Saturday night's Wild Card game against the Ravens.
Dec 29 - 8:15 AM

Josh Harris rushed five times for seven yards in Sunday night's Week 17 win over the Bengals.

Harris was the primary back following Le'Veon Bell's knee injury, out-carrying Dri Archer 5-1. It should be noted that Harris did have a 59-yard fourth quarter run wiped out by a holding penalty. Bell, who suffered a mere hyperextension, is questionable for the Wild Card game. If he can't go, the Steelers will be forced to turn to Harris, an underwhelming UDFA out of Wake Forest who rushed eight times for 41 yards in the preseason. He'd have a weak projection against the Ravens' strong front seven.
Dec 29 - 8:11 AM

Coach Mike Tomlin said Le'Veon Bell's right knee injury is "not anything major."

Bell has been diagnosed with a scary hyperextension, but no ligament damage. He was able to walk without crutches in the locker room after the game and was not in a brace. Still, hyperextensions can be multi-week injuries in certain cases, leaving Bell questionable for Saturday night's Wild Card game against the Ravens. The Steelers were forced to turn to UDFA Josh Harris following Bell's injury Sunday night. CBS' Jason La Canfora reported Tuesday morning that the Steelers believe it's "possible" Bell can play Saturday night.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 29 - 7:50 AM

Heath Miller had three catches for 41 yards in Week 17 against the Bengals.

He was targeted seven times, behind only Antonio Brown. Miller was held out of the end-zone for the third straight week and couldn't come down with a red-zone look in the second quarter. He finishes the season with a 66/761/3 line. The Steelers play the Ravens in the first round of the playoffs.
Dec 29 - 12:50 AM

Markus Wheaton had three catches for 17 yards in Sunday night's Week 17 win over the Bengals.

Wheaton played in the majority of two-wide sets over Martavis Bryant. He finished with only four targets and remains no higher than the No. 5 option. Wheaton will take a 53/644/2 line into Saturday's Wild Card game against Ravens.
Dec 29 - 12:40 AM

Martavis Bryant had one catch for 21 yards and a touchdown in Week 17 against the Bengals.

Bryant's touchdown came on a screen pass in the second quarter. He played behind Markus Wheaton in two-wide sets, finishing with just two targets. Bryant's rookie season ends with a 26/549/8 line over 10 games (two starts). The Steelers take on the Ravens in the Wild Card round.
Dec 29 - 12:30 AM

Antonio Brown caught seven passes for 128 yards and a touchdown in Sunday night's Week 17 win over the Bengals.

He also returned a 71-yard punt for a touchdown. Brown was targeted a team-high 13 times. His 129 catches this season are the second-most in NFL history. He also led the league with 1,698 yards and 14 touchdowns. Brown will have a matchup with Ravens CB Lardarius Webb for the first round of the playoffs.
Dec 29 - 12:22 AM

Ben Roethlisberger completed 24-of-38 passes for 317 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception in Pittsburgh's 27-17, Week 17 win over the Bengals on Sunday night.

Roethlisberger missed pre-game warmups and briefly went to the locker room in the first quarter due to flu-like symptoms. He was able to take advantage of the Bengals secondary at the short and intermediate levels, with both of his touchdowns coming on impressive plays after the catch by Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant. Roethlisberger had a career year in 2014, tying Drew Brees for a league-high 4,952 yards with a 32:9 TD/INT ratio. The Steelers clinched the AFC North and will play the Ravens in the first round of the playoffs.
Dec 28 - 11:47 PM

Le'Veon Bell suffered a hyperextended right knee in Sunday night's Week 17 game against the Bengals.

Bell was injured on a low tackle by Bengals S Reggie Nelson at the end of a 19-yard reception. He jogged off the field under his own power, but was noticeably limping. The Steelers have listed him as doubtful to return. Bell finished with 100 total yards on 14 touches before exiting. Dri Archer and Josh Harris will replace him at running back.
Dec 28 - 10:49 PM

Steelers SS Troy Polamalu is inactive for Sunday night's Week 17 game against the Bengals.

Polamalu was listed as questionable, but will miss his second straight game. He should have a good chance at returning for the playoffs. The rest of the Steelers inactives are CB Ike Taylor, WR Justin Brown, QB Landry Jones, DE Clifton Geathers, OL Chris Hubbard, and TE Michael Palmer.
Dec 28 - 7:02 PM

Steelers LCB Ike Taylor (shoulder/forearm) is listed as questionable for Week 17 against the Bengals.

Taylor got in a limited practice every day this week, but with the secondary playing well over the last several games, the Steelers may choose to hold out the oft-burned corner. That would be bad news for A.J. Green, who torched Taylor for 136 yards and a touchdown Week 14.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 27 - 1:00 PM

Ben Roethlisberger isn't on the Week 17 injury report.

Big Ben gave the team a scare last week when he took a leg whip to his right knee ahead of halftime. He headed to the locker room for some treatment, but returned for the second half and finished the game. Roethlisberger is ready to roll for Sunday Night Football against the Bengals with the division on the line.
Dec 26 - 9:08 AM

The Week 17 Bengals at Steelers game has been flexed to Sunday Night Football on NBC.

The game will decide the AFC North. However, a lot of intrigue could be lost if the Bengals beat the Broncos tonight as that would clinch a playoff berth for Marvin Lewis' bunch. The Steelers already clinched a playoff spot by beating the Chiefs yesterday. Other options for NBC included the Lions at Packers in a game for the NFC North and the Panthers at Falcons for the NFC South crown (along with a playoff spot).
Dec 22 - 8:17 AM

Markus Wheaton caught 2-of-3 targets for 27 yards in the Steelers' Week 16 win over the Chiefs.

Wheaton is now up to 50 grabs on the season. Still rotating snaps with Martavis Bryant behind all-world WR Antonio Brown, Wheaton won't be on the DFS radar in Week 17.
Dec 21 - 5:42 PM

Heath Miller caught 7-of-8 targets for 68 yards in the Steelers' Week 16 win over the Chiefs.

The seven-catch effort was Miller's fourth of the season. Miller has been up and down this year, but enters Week 17 the owner of a Miller-esque 63/720/3 receiving line. Now 32, Miller is signed through 2016.
Dec 21 - 5:20 PM


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