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When asked about Le'Veon Bell's workload going forward, OC Todd Haley said, "we will take all he can give."

The release of LeGarrette Blount leaves the Steelers desperately thin at running back behind Bell, who is coming off a 35-touch game. They're going to continue to ride the 22-year-old into the ground in all situations, including short-yardage and third-downs. "This is what I train for," Bell said. "I was training in the summer to get the ball as many times as I need to. I didn't feel fatigued in the (Titans) game." Don't be surprised if Bell pushes for another 30 touches when the Steelers come out of their bye against the Saints in Week 13.
Nov 20 - 8:38 AM

Steelers promoted RB Josh Harris from the practice squad.

An undrafted rookie out of Wake Forest, Harris is the next man up following the Steelers' release of LeGarrette Blount. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Gerry Dulac, the Steelers have no plans to sign a veteran runner, leaving Harris and Dri Archer as Le'Veon Bell's top reserves. If you're a Bell owner intent on adding a handcuff, Harris would be the guy. Harris rushed eight times for 41 yards in the preseason, adding three catches for an additional 12 yards.
Nov 18 - 2:58 PM

Markus Wheaton caught one pass for six yards in the Steelers' Week 11 win over the Titans.

Wheaton was targeted five times, and continued to have a big role on offense, splitting time with Martavis Bryant opposite Antonio Brown. The two are canceling each other out now, though Bryant has significantly more upside. Bryant at least gets the red-zone looks. Wheaton isn't worth owning in 12-team leagues.
Nov 18 - 12:09 AM

Martavis Bryant caught two passes for 11 yards in the Steelers' Week 11 win over the Titans.

Bryant was targeted five times, with two of those coming in the end zone. But Big Ben left a would-be 20-yard touchdown in the air too long early in the first quarter, allowing Blidi Wreh-Wilson, who was whooped badly on the play by Bryant, to get back and knock it down. Bryant and Markus Wheaton each drew five looks in the passing game, taking targets away from each other. Bryant will remain a boom-or-bust high-upside WR3 when the Steelers come out of their bye against the Saints in Week 13.
Nov 18 - 12:05 AM

Heath Miller caught five passes for 71 yards in the Steelers' Week 11 win over the Titans.

Miller caught all five of his targets. He was running free down the seams all night with the Titans bringing extra pressure on Ben Roethlisberger. Miller has settled in as a low-end TE2 with the emergence of Martavis Bryant.
Nov 18 - 12:00 AM

Ben Roethlisberger completed 21-of-32 passes for 207 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the Steelers' Week 11 win over the Titans on Monday night.

Titans DC Ray Horton made it a point to get after Roethlisberger, who absorbed five sacks and was hit a dozen times. But Horton paid for it by leaving huge running lanes for Le'Veon Bell. Big Ben tossed a horrible interception just before halftime in the end zone to Jason McCourty. He threw it late and off his back foot, or he would have had an easy touchdown to Antonio Brown. But Ben later found Brown in the fourth quarter for a 12-yard score that wound up being the game-winning touchdown. The Steelers later squatted on the ball for the final seven-plus minutes to drain the clock. Pittsburgh heads into the bye before favorable passing matchups down the stretch where Ben will be a borderline QB1/2.
Nov 17 - 11:49 PM

Antonio Brown caught nine passes for 91 yards and one touchdown in the Steelers' 27-24, Week 11 win over the Titans.

Brown was targeted a game-high 11 times and has already eclipsed 1,100 yards on the season to go with nine scores heading into the Week 12 bye. He's caught at least five passes in 27 consecutive games. Brown's night could have been much bigger, but Big Ben missed Brown in the end zone before halftime, and it turned into an interception for Jason McCourty, who shadowed Brown all night. The elite WR1 eventually beat McCourty and Michael Griffin on a hesitation move for the game-winning 12-yard touchdown.
Nov 17 - 11:29 PM

Le'Veon Bell rushed for 204 yards and one touchdown on 33 carries in the Steelers' 27-24, Week 11 win over the Titans on Monday night.

He added two catches for 18 yards. After rushing for a combined 56 yards on 21 carries the previous two games, Bell busted back out in a big way. The Titans seemed sold on pressuring Big Ben, leaving gaping holes for Bell to run through. He picked up chunk gain after chunk gain, gliding past defenders. Bell's running style is amazing to watch. He simply glides and offers sudden, yet subtle jukes. Bell eventually found the end zone from five yards out in the fourth quarter. It was his first rushing score since Week 1. He's a locked-in RB1 with a soft schedule down the stretch. The Steelers have a bye before hosting New Orleans. Bell is going to be on a number of fantasy championship squads.
Nov 17 - 11:18 PM

Steelers declared S Troy Polamalu, LB Ryan Shazier, CB Ike Taylor, DL Steve McLendon, and S Shamarko Thomas inactive for Monday night's Week 11 game against the Titans.

All five are injured. Polamalu is expected back after the Week 12 bye.
Nov 17 - 7:07 PM

The Steelers expect Troy Polamalu (knee) to return in Week 13.

Polamalu has been ruled out for Monday night, but should return following the Steelers' bye. Will Allen started opposite Mike Mitchell last week and should continue to play the majority of snaps.
Nov 15 - 6:47 PM

Steelers NT Steve McLendon (shoulder) has been ruled out for Week 11.

McLendon has been playing limited snaps at nose for Pittsburgh this season. Rookie Stephon Tuitt could see an expanded role with McLendon sidelined.
Nov 15 - 1:11 PM

Steelers CB Ike Taylor (arm) will not play in Monday night's game at Tennessee.

Taylor has been out since breaking his forearm Sept. 21. It appears he's not cleared for contact.
Nov 11 - 12:48 PM

Steelers ILB Ryan Shazier (ankle) will not play in Monday night's game against the Titans.

It's a bit worrisome that Shazier has been ruled out on a Tuesday for the second consecutive week -- his ankle sprain is clearly worse than originally let on. The speedy first-round pick's rookie campaign has been absolutely ransacked by injury.
Nov 11 - 12:46 PM

Troy Polamalu (knee), Ryan Shazier (ankle) and Ike Taylor (arm) have all been ruled out for Monday night's game at Tennessee.

An already leaky Steelers defense will continue to trudge on without three of their better players. The loss of Polamalu and Shazier is especially concerning, as it saps the unit of both speed and playmaking ability. We saw that on full display in a loss to the Jets Sunday that could have been much worse if Michael Vick kept his foot on the gas.
Nov 11 - 12:31 PM

Heath Miller caught three passes for 29 yards in Sunday's Week 10 loss to the Jets.

Miller was held without a catch in the first half. With the Steelers running some no-huddle in garbage-time, he got involved. With less than 30 yards in four of his last five games, Miller is a low-end TE2 going forward.
Nov 9 - 5:23 PM


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