Player News - Steelers

Date: Team: Pos:

Steelers TE Ladarius Green (ankle, headaches) is "holding out hope" he'll be ready for Week 1, but acknowledges his rehab has gone "very slow."

It's still unclear what Green is even "rehabbing." He's adopted the team's party line that he's not dealing with headaches, but his own agent has said it's not his ankle. It's a ridiculously-muddled situation, one that makes Green a no-go as anything other than a risk/reward TE2.
Aug 25 - 4:32 PM

Steelers RT Marcus Gilbert agreed to restructure his contract.

The details of the restructure are not available, but he likely converted most of his 2016 base salary into a bonus. The move saves the Steelers a much-needed $2.39 million against the cap.
Aug 25 - 9:14 AM

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette expects Eli Rogers to open the season as the Steelers' No. 3 receiver.

Bouchette calls Sammie Coates and Darrius Heyward-Bey "backups" behind Rogers, Markus Wheaton, and Antonio Brown. It's possible Bouchette's mind could change after Pittsburgh's third preseason game, where Ben Roethlisberger will see his first action this August. At this moment, however, Rogers is in the driver's seat to start in the slot in Week 1, with Wheaton moving outside.
Aug 24 - 12:29 AM

The NFL will question James Harrison about Al-Jazeera's steroid report on Thursday morning.

The sides are meeting at the Steelers' team facility. The meeting figures to be perfunctory and rife with lawyers. With Al-Jazeera's star witness having gotten cold feet, the league's inquiry is unlikely to go anywhere.
Aug 23 - 6:31 PM

Steelers signed ILB Vince Williams to a three-year extension through 2019.

A key reserve and special teamer, Williams played 194 snaps on defense last season. He's primarily a run stopper, but is also comfortable dropping back into coverage. The Steelers could be grooming him as a future starter with Lawrence Timmons near the end of the line. Williams turns 27 in December.
Aug 23 - 6:09 PM

Steelers CB Senquez Golson (Lisfranc) "definitely" expects to play this season.

Golson was given a four-month timetable before going down earlier this month, but believes he could return as early as late October. He guarantees to be back "by the end of November." Golson was expected to man the slot this season, but could be limited to depth duties if he makes it back to the field in 2016.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 23 - 5:30 PM

Steelers OLB Bud Dupree has been slowed by a groin injury.

Dupree has missed most of camp with the issue, and it sounds like he suffered setbacks while attempting to come back too soon. "I keep trying to go out there too quickly," Dupree said. "I can't be a speed dude and look slow. I can't be a non-explosive guy when everybody knows I'm explosive." The Steelers were hoping for a big step forward from their 2015 first rounder, but that might be tough to do after missing almost all of camp.
Source: ESPN
Aug 23 - 8:19 AM

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review considers CB Ross Cockrell the "entrenched" starter opposite William Gay.

An afterthought signing at final cuts last year, Cockrell ended up starting seven games and has easily beaten out first-rounder Artie Burns in training camp this year. "Since last season, he has done nothing but continue to move onward and upward from that," coach Mike Tomlin said. "I would imagine he didn't anticipate playing over 700 snaps, and he did a heck of a job with it. I think he's putting himself in position to play that amount this year."
Aug 22 - 11:49 AM

Ben Roethlisberger said he expects to play this week against the Saints.

Roethlisberger has yet to suit up this preseason, but he will finally get in some work during the dress rehearsal. Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown will likely suit up as well.
Source: ESPN
Aug 22 - 10:21 AM

Steelers TE Ladarius Green (active/PUP) called reports he is sidelined by headaches just rumors.

"I don't know what reports those are," Green said. "I am still on PUP because of my ankle." Green added his ankle is "getting better." To his point, Green did appear to be doing a little more work on a side field during practice this week. Green's status is still completely up in the air, but he did say he is "confident" he will play this season.
Aug 20 - 4:22 PM

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review says second-year WR Eli Rogers has "narrowed the gap" in the Steelers' No. 3 receiver race.

Sammie Coates has "managed to lose ground" during an up-and-down August, "partly because of a lack of focus that caused drop balls and fumbles." The Tribune-Review notes that Markus Wheaton has "openly lobbied" to play more outside snaps, freeing up opportunity in the slot. Rogers is a slot receiver, while Coates plays outside. The Steelers' wideout distribution will be worth tracking closely in next week's regular season dress rehearsal.
Aug 20 - 5:41 AM

As part of the settlement that reduced his four-game suspension to three games, Le'Veon Bell was kept in Stage 2 of the NFL's substance abuse program.

This is a quietly big deal for Bell in Dynasty leagues. His next violation would not cost him ten games or a full season, which would've been the case had Bell advanced to Stage 3 of the substance abuse program. Instead, any future failed or missed test would only result in another four-game suspension. Expect to see Bell resume going in the late first round of fantasy drafts. DeAngelo Williams will only open the season starting three games, not four.
Aug 19 - 3:56 PM

Le'Veon Bell's four-game suspension was reduced to three on appeal.

Bell had little chance of having his suspension completely overturned after reportedly missing "several" drug tests, but the league cut him a break by knocking off one game. Now Bell will be eligible to play on Sunday Night Football against the Chiefs on October 2. The extra game might give Bell's ADP a slight boost. He's been going early in the second round in most redraft leagues.
Aug 19 - 2:56 PM

Sammie Coates caught 2-of-4 targets for 30 yards in Thursday's preseason game against the Eagles, adding a nine-yard rush.

It was a shaky night for the sophomore wideout. He was the target on Landry Jones' first interception, running a sloppy route that got him enveloped and made for an easy defensive jump. Coates also committed an offensive pass interference penalty. The good news is, the Steelers were working to get him touches, with his run coming on an end-around. Coates is raw in a Cordarrelle Patterson mold, but is going to get every opportunity to carve out a role.
Aug 18 - 10:11 PM

Steelers second-year WR Eli Rogers caught 4-of-4 targets for 39 yards in Thursday's second preseason game against the Eagles.

With Antonio Brown and Markus Wheaton inactive, Rogers ran with the "first-team" offense guided by backup QB Landry Jones. Jones tossed four interceptions, but Rogers made the most of his targets. The 5'10/187 slot man has drawn rave reviews from OC Todd Haley, and Ben Roethlisberger reportedly "loves" Rogers. If Sammie Coates continues to struggle this preseason, Rogers could slide right into some three-wide snaps between Brown and Wheaton.
Aug 18 - 10:05 PM


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