Player News - Steelers

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NFL suspended Steelers RT Marcus Gilbert four games for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing substances.

Gilbert will be out until Week 16. It's a downgrade to an offensive line that's struggled to run block. Chris Hubbard will start at right tackle until Gilbert returns.
Nov 20 - 4:06 PM

Le'Veon Bell rushed 12 times for 46 yards in the Steelers' Week 11 win over the Titans, adding nine receptions for 57 additional yards.

The Steelers seemed to deliberately lighten Bell's workload on the short week after his bonkers recent usage. The carries were his fewest since Week 1. The catches, however, were his second most of the year. Bell appeared to have his sixth rushing touchdown but a super slo mo, x1,000,000 zoom revealed he was down at the one-centimeter line. Jesse James scored the next play. Fantasy's top back gets the Packers in Week 12.
Nov 17 - 12:39 AM

Jesse James caught 5-of-8 targets for 21 yards and a touchdown in the Steelers' Week 11 win over the Titans.

With Vance McDonald a somewhat surprising pre-game scratch with his ankle injury, James went out and had his best game since Week 1. With McDonald likely to return for Week 12 against the Packers, James will not be on the TE2 radar.
Nov 17 - 12:24 AM

Martavis Bryant caught 2-of-4 targets for 30 yards in the Steelers' Week 11 win over the Titans.

Bryant had a star-crossed game this evening, committing a drop and offensive pass interference penalty. Bryant now has five grabs for 72 yards in two games since being re-involved in the offense. It's better than nothing but hardly a path to WR3 relevance. Bryant remains well behind JuJu Smith-Schuster on the depth chart. He's a dart throw WR4 still capable of scoring multiple touchdowns in any given game.
Nov 17 - 12:13 AM

JuJu Smith-Schuster caught 4-of-8 targets for 47 yards in the Steelers' Week 11 win over the Titans.

It was Smith-Schuster's quietest effort in four games, though he still placed second amongst Steelers receivers in targets. Martavis Bryant was a distant third with four. Smith-Schuster made a nice catch in traffic and also caught a ball at the Titans' five-yard line. He did nothing tonight to take himself out of the WR2 conversation. The Steelers get the Packers for Week 12.
Nov 17 - 12:11 AM

Antonio Brown caught 10-of-13 targets for 144 yards and three touchdowns in Pittsburgh's Week 11 win over the Titans.

60 of Browns' yards came on the opening drive, which he capped with a 41-yard touchdown on a free play. He beat excellent 1-on-1 coverage. The highlight of the night was score No. 3, which Brown pinned to his helmet as he fell toward the back right corner of the end zone. The three-TD effort was just the second of Brown's career. The best receiver in the NFL is lapping his competition this season. He's in a class all his own at age 29. Brown gets the Packers in Week 12.
Nov 16 - 11:53 PM

Ben Roethlisberger completed 30-of-45 passes for 299 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions in the Steelers' 40-17, Week 11 win over the Titans.

The Steelers' offense was stuck in neutral for most of the first half but came alive after the break, with Roethlisberger completing 19-of-22 passes for 184 yards and three of his touchdowns. This, after Big Ben entered Week 11 with zero three-TD appearances. He was playing pitch and catch with Antonio Brown, who abused former Steelers DC Dick LeBeau's defense. Ben now has six TDs over past two starts after generating just 10 across his first eight. He has a plus Week 12 matchup in the Packers.
Nov 16 - 11:46 PM

Steelers declared TE Vance McDonald, QB Joshua Dobbs, CB Joe Haden, S Mike Mitchell, OT Jerald Hawkins, OT Matt Feiler and OLB James Harrison inactive for Week 11 against the Titans.

McDonald had originally been expected to suit up. With his absence, Jesse James is an acceptable low-end TE2 streamer.
Nov 16 - 7:09 PM

Vance McDonald (ankle) is questionable for Week 11 against the Titans.

Mike Mitchell (ankle) and James Harrison (back) are also questionable while Joe Haden has been ruled out with a fractured fibula. McDonald caught his first touchdown of the year in Sunday's win over Indianapolis but has been absent from practice the last two days. If he sits, it would open up more snaps for Jesse James.
Nov 15 - 5:54 PM

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports Steelers CB Joe Haden (fibula) does not need surgery and will miss at most six weeks.

Haden suffered a non-displaced fracture of his fibula against the Colts. Pro Football Talk reported Haden will only miss three weeks, and Fowler suggests the corner has a good shot to beat his six-week timetable. Even if he takes the full month and a half, it looks like Haden will be ready to go when the playoffs roll around.
Source: ESPN
Nov 13 - 9:49 AM

Profootballtalk reports Steelers CB Joe Haden's fibula fracture is "slight," and he will miss only three weeks.

It would be a huge break for the Steelers, whose cornerback corps looks a lot less solid without Haden's solid 2017 in the mix. A three-week absence would have Haden returning in Week 13 or 14.
Nov 12 - 6:26 PM

Jesse James caught 0-of-2 targets in the Steelers' Week 10 win over the Colts.

James was back in an even rotation with Vance McDonald, who scored a touchdown. Moving on.
Nov 12 - 5:50 PM

Martavis Bryant caught 3-of-5 targets for 42 yards in the Steelers' Week 10 win over the Colts.

Bryant also lost nine yards on a rush. In his first game back from suspension, Pro Football Focus charted Bryant as playing 37-of-66 snaps. Not bad, but it was still 16 fewer than JuJu Smith-Schuster, who has seized No. 2 duties and shows no signs of letting go. One of Bryant's missed connections was an interception from Ben Roethlisberger. Bryant couldn't locate a poorly-thrown ball. Bryant is a big-play threat any time he touches the ball, but he's unlikely to see the field enough to provide WR3 value.
Nov 12 - 5:36 PM

JuJu Smith-Schuster caught 5-of-7 targets for 97 yards and a touchdown in the Steelers' Week 10 win over the Colts.

Smith-Schuster led the Steelers in catches and yards, and now has 12 grabs for 290 yards and two touchdowns over his past two games. Today's highlight was a 44-yard grab down the right sideline where Smith-Schuster beat solid 1-on-1 coverage from Pierre Desir. Fully established as the Steelers' No. 2 receiver, Smith-Schuster will be an excellent WR2 for Week 11 against the Titans.
Nov 12 - 5:17 PM

Antonio Brown caught 3-of-7 targets for 47 yards in the Steelers' Week 10 win over the Colts.

It was a day of missed opportunities for the league's best wideout, as he alligator armed a potential long completion, and was flat missed on another by Ben Roethlisberger. Today was just the second time all season Brown was held below 60 yards receiving. Although it will be on a short week on Thursday Night Football, Brown has a bounce-back matchup for Week 11 in the Titans.
Nov 12 - 4:39 PM


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