Player News - Steelers

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The Pittsburgh Steelers D/ST will now face much more difficult opposition at the quarterback position in Week 1 after Tom Brady's four-game suspension was nullified.

The Pittsburgh D/ST unit isn't a great season-long option anyhow, but fantasy owners looking to snag the Steelers defense in anticipation of feasting on a Jimmy Garoppolo start will have to look elsewhere. NFL opening night in Foxboro is not a friendly place to start the opposing fantasy defense.
Sep 3 - 9:35 PM

The Steelers are not expected to turn to third-round pick Sammie Coates for a prominent role during Martavis Bryant's suspension.

Both Ben Roethlisberger and coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that the Steelers are counting on special teamer Darrius Heyward-Bey to "pick up the slack," and not Coates. Coates has generally looked lost this preseason, and could end up an early-season game-day scratch even with Bryant serving a four-game ban. As for the Steelers, it seems more likely they'll use more two-tight end sets than lean heavily on Heyward-Bey in the passing game.
Sep 1 - 7:39 PM

Antonio Brown has restructured his contract.

As have Heath Miller and Shaun Suisham, clearing $6 million in cap space for the ever-needy Steelers. Brown has agreed to convert $2 million of his $8.25 million 2016 salary into a signing bonus that can be prorated over the next two years. Looking ahead, Brown might seriously consider a holdout next summer if the Steelers don't extend his team-friendly deal heading into his walk year.
Sep 1 - 1:58 PM

Steelers placed OT Mike Adams on the reserve/PUP list.

A total flop as the 56th overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft, Adams showed up to Steelers camp with a back injury and never got into a practice. Pittsburgh has a lot of talent in the skill positions, but has struggled drafting during the tenure of GM Kevin Colbert. Adams has been a huge miss.
Aug 31 - 4:22 PM

Steelers placed K Garrett Hartley on injured reserve, ending his season.

Hartley suffered a severe hamstring injury in Pittsburgh's third preseason game. The Steelers have replaced him by trading for Josh Scobee.
Aug 31 - 4:15 PM

Steelers placed CB Senquez Golson (shoulder) on injured reserve, ending his season.

The 56th overall pick in May's draft, Golson would've been in the hunt for a significant role in Pittsburgh's defense had he not been diagnosed with a severe shoulder injury toward the start of training camp. Golson will now take a "redshirt" as a rookie and try to get healthy for 2016.
Aug 31 - 4:13 PM

The league has upheld Martavis Bryant's four-game suspension for violating the substance-abuse policy.

Dominating the preseason after his hot finish to 2014, Bryant will rejoin the Steelers in Week 5. Bryant's initial role will depend on how Markus Wheaton fares in his absence, but he's worth stashing on your bench as a potential/likely stretch-run WR3.
Aug 31 - 3:40 PM

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports the Steelers drafted Sammie Coates as insurance for Martavis Bryant (suspended).

The Steelers have reportedly been aware of Bryant impending four-game suspension since the spring. That fact helps to explain the selection of Coates and the depth chart position of Markus Wheaton. Coates could have a limited role while Bryant is sidelined, but he is not on the redraft radar.
Aug 31 - 1:34 PM

Steelers acquired K Josh Scobee from the Jaguars in exchange for a sixth-round pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

With Garrett Hartley suffering a potentially serious injury in the third preseason game, the Steelers needed to add another option. They also lost Shaun Suisham to a torn ACL in the exhibition opener. Scobee has been the Jaguars' kicker since 2004. Jason Myers should take over the kicking duties in Jacksonville, while Scobee suddenly becomes fantasy relevant in Pittsburgh.
Aug 31 - 10:30 AM

Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times Union believes the Jaguars could be open to trading one of their two kickers.

The Jaguars are unlikely to keep both Josh Scobee and Jason Meyers when the roster shrinks from 75 to 53 in a few days. Both players have had good preseasons and could be swapped for late-round picks. The Steelers could be interested in acquiring a fresh leg. Shaun Suisham went down with a torn ACL in his first preseason game while Garrett Hartley is nursing a hamstring injury.
Aug 30 - 8:59 AM

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said K Garrett Hartley's availability for Week 1 against the Patriots "isn't looking good."

He suffered a hamstring injury Saturday against Buffalo and is headed for an MRI. Hartley signed earlier this month after going down with a torn ACL. It's been a rough camp for Pittsburgh kickers. Free agent Jay Feely worked out with the Steelers on Friday and could be the team's best option with Hartley sidelined.
Aug 30 - 8:31 AM

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette noted big plays as an issue for the Steelers defense after Pittsburgh fell to Buffalo 43-19 in Week 3 of the preseason.

Safety Will Allen told the Post-Gazette, "You better be concerned about it, especially when it’s happening to the first-team defense, or any defense that’s out there." Buffalo started the big play fireworks with bursts from running back Fred Jackson and tight end Charles Clay on their way to a blowout win. The Pittsburgh defense will not be worthy of starting in Week 1 of the regular season as the Steelers travel to Gillette Stadium to face the New England Patriots, despite the absence of Tom Brady.
Aug 30 - 2:14 AM

Markus Wheaton had one catch for 20 yards in Saturday's preseason game.

Wheaton played only two series. With Martavis Bryant suspended the first four games, he'll open the season as the clear-cut No. 2 behind Antonio Brown. Wheaton is worth a WR4 flyer.
Aug 29 - 6:42 PM

Martavis Bryant caught three passes for 138 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's preseason game.

The Steelers rested their starters after one series, but Bryant played most of the first half. All of his production came against Buffalo's first-team defense. Bryant burned Bills rookie CB Ronald Darby for a 63-yard catch, and drew two pass interference calls. His touchdown was a 39-yard deep post over the middle of the field. Bryant will miss the first four games to suspension and is behind Markus Wheaton in two-wide sets, but has a high ceiling as a buy-low WR3.
Aug 29 - 6:12 PM

Antonio Brown was held without a catch in Saturday's preseason game.

The Steelers only played Brown for one series. He'll likely be rested for the preseason finale. Brown should be drafted as a top-three wideout.
Aug 29 - 5:35 PM


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