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Steelers ILB Sean Spence was forced from Thursday's preseason game with a right knee injury.

It's foreboding for a 2012 third-rounder who has yet to appear in a regular-season game because of knee issues, but Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports the injury isn't considered serious. It's not the same knee that ruined Spence's 2012-13.
Aug 21 - 11:28 PM

Steelers OLB Jason Worilds "looked fine" after leaving Thursday's preseason game with a knee injury.

Worilds was spotted jogging "without anything visible" on his knee after departing in the third quarter. It appears his removal was purely precautionary. It's a major bullet dodged for a Steelers team counting on Worilds as one of its defensive anchors.
Aug 21 - 11:26 PM

Steelers WR Justin Brown failed to secure either of his targets in Thursday night's preseason game against Philly.

Practice reports on Brown have been exceedingly upbeat since the spring, but he hasn't done much in game action. He has three catches for 15 yards on seven targets this preseason. Brown did open Thursday's game as the Steelers' No. 3 receiver, with Lance Moore inactive. So Brown would appear to be the No. 4.
Aug 21 - 11:25 PM

Darrius Heyward-Bey caught 3-of-3 targets for 54 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's preseason game.

The grabs were DHB's first of the preseason. He ran right by undrafted rookie S Daytawion Lowe for his 33-yard score in the fourth quarter, at least for one brief moment looking like a former first-rounder. It couldn't have hurt his roster odds.
Aug 21 - 11:19 PM

Markus Wheaton secured 2-of-4 targets for 24 yards in Thursday's preseason game against the Eagles.

The stat line is inoffensive enough, but Wheaton displayed an alarming lack of chemistry with Ben Roethlisberger, appearing to run the wrong route multiple times. Wheaton was officially targeted only four times, but had two other ugly looks wiped away by penalties. Being forced into the Steelers' No. 2 role opposite Antonio Brown, Wheaton has five catches for 67 yards and a touchdown through three preseason games. Although Wheaton has impressive raw ability, he'll be a boom-or-bust WR3/4 as he tries to replace Emmanuel Sanders.
Aug 21 - 11:15 PM

Lance Moore was inactive for Thursday night's third preseason game with an undisclosed injury.

ESPN's box score had Moore with one target, but he didn't play. Moore has caught just one ball for six yards in the preseason. Moore has had a quiet camp, to the point he hasn't even warranted a Rotoworld blurb since June. He's tentatively expected to open the season as Pittsburgh's slot receiver, between Antonio Brown and Markus Wheaton. But we wouldn't write that in stone.
Aug 21 - 11:13 PM

Heath Miller secured 5-of-6 targets for 53 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's preseason game.

Playing well into the second half with the rest of the Steelers' starters, Miller secured a laser 27-yard strike from Ben Roethlisberger for the first-team offense's only score. Back to moving like he did before his knee surgery, Miller finishes the preseason with eight catches for 62 yards and a score. Generally going in the TE14-18 range, Miller could prove to be a late-round steal. He still has low-end TE1 upside.
Aug 21 - 11:09 PM

LeGarrette Blount rushed seven times for 32 yards in Thursday's preseason game, and secured 3-of-3 targets for an additional 14 yards.

Blount came off the bench behind Le'Veon Bell, but got to work on Pittsburgh's second series. Apparently being "punished" for their Wednesday arrests, both players played into the fourth quarter, finishing with 10 touches apiece. Blount out-gained Bell 46-26. Neither player got the rock near the goal-line, as the Steelers were never in position. Blount is clearly ticketed for weekly work, but remains a firm No. 2 to Bell's No. 1. Even if he earns the majority of the goal-line opportunities, Blount is little more than a mid-range RB3.
Aug 21 - 11:03 PM

Steelers rookie WR Martavis Bryant caught 2-of-4 targets for 28 yards and a touchdown in Thursday night's preseason game.

He added a ten-yard punt return. Running with the twos and threes, Bryant has been inefficient this August, managing five catches for 65 yards on 12 targets through three exhibition games. Clearly behind Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton, Lance Moore, and Justin Brown on the depth chart, fourth-round pick Bryant figures to open the season as a healthy game-day scratch.
Aug 21 - 10:57 PM

Le'Veon Bell started Thursday's preseason game, rushing nine times for 23 yards while catching one pass for three yards.

Bell got the start one day after being popped for DUI and marijuana possession, running the ball on three of the Steelers' first four plays. Bell also drew two targets on the opening drive, one of which was nullified by a penalty. LeGarrette Blount didn't show up until Pittsburgh's second drive, but both played into the fourth quarter. That appeared to be their "punishment." Each received 10 targets, though Blount out-gained Bell 46-26. Neither found the end zone, but there weren't any goal-line carries on a night where Pittsburgh got throttled. Despite his issues with Blount and the law, Bell is still the Steelers' clear No. 1, and worthy of a second- or third-round fantasy pick.
Aug 21 - 10:55 PM

Steelers rookie Dri Archer caught 3-of-4 targets for 14 yards in Thursday night's third preseason game.

Through three preseason weeks, the third-rounder from Kent State has just ten yards on four carries but 108 yards on seven receptions, including gains of 40 and 46 in Pittsburgh's first two exhibitions. Archer possesses 4.26 speed, but is a package player who can't run between the tackles. His ceiling is essentially a more explosive Dexter McCluster in OC Todd Haley's offense.
Aug 21 - 10:48 PM

Antonio Brown caught 3-of-5 targets for 59 yards in the Steelers' regular-season dress rehearsal against the Eagles.

His longest catch, 22 yards, was a ball he pulled off a defender's back. He finishes the preseason with seven catches for 193 yards. Locked and loaded as the No. 1 receiver for an offense committed to the no-huddle, Brown is somehow shaping up as a value pick one year after finishing second in the NFL in both receptions and receiving yards. He's generally the WR9 in fantasy drafts.
Aug 21 - 10:24 PM

Ben Roethlisberger completed 15-of-24 passes for 157 yards, a touchdown and interception in Thursday's preseason game against the Eagles.

Big Ben's score, a 27-yard strike to Heath Miller, came deep into the second half against the Eagles' second-team defense. Roethlisberger and the Steelers' first-team struggled mightily against Philly's starters, with Big Ben tossing a horrid pick on an ill-advised freelance. He also showed noticeably-little chemistry with No. 2 receiver Markus Wheaton. Barring a surprise appearance in the Steelers' preseason finale, Roethlisberger finishes August 24-of-37 for 328 yards (8.86 YPA), three scores and a pick. He's a low-end QB1 with top-eight upside.
Aug 21 - 9:56 PM

Steelers OLB Jason Worilds was forced from Thursday's preseason game against the Eagles with a right knee injury, and will not return.

Worilds suffered the injury on a third-quarter sack of Mark Sanchez. The severity is unclear. If it's in any way serious, the Steelers are going to be kicking themselves for playing one of their most-important defenders so deep into an exhibition game. With Worilds playing under the franchise tag, the sides have been discussing a long-term deal.
Aug 21 - 9:46 PM

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports the Steelers are still working on an extension with walk-year CB Cortez Allen.

The Steelers' No. 1 corner is making just $645,000 in the final year of his rookie contract. Although the cornerback market has been deflated in recent years, it would behoove the Steelers to get something done now instead of waiting until next offseason, where they could be cornered into using the franchise tag.
Aug 21 - 4:52 PM


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