Player News - Steelers

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James Harrison has played just four snaps through the Steelers' first two games.

Even with some injuries to their front seven, the Steelers have kept 39-year-old Harrison glued to the sideline. "We know what James is capable of," coach Mike Tomlin said. "James will ready himself, and there will be a time in the season when we’ll call on his services, and he’ll deliver and deliver in a big way." Harrison was excellent in 2016, generating consistent heat. Right now, the Steelers would apparently rather go with their younger players. Perhaps they view Harrison as an ace in the hole, or perhaps he started to look his age in the offseason.
Sep 19 - 2:40 PM

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said OLB T.J. Watt (groin) has a chance to play this week.

Watt exited the Week 2 win early in the first quarter and never returned. It sounds like he has avoided a serious issue, but soft-tissue injuries tend to linger. He should be considered at best questionable to face the Bears.
Sep 19 - 12:15 PM

Steelers DE Stephon Tuitt (biceps) is hoping to return in Week 3.

Tuitt got in a limited practice last Friday, suggesting he's close. The Steelers may still opt against rushing Tuitt, as they won't need him to beat the lowly Bears in Week 3.
Sep 18 - 3:34 PM

Jesse James caught 4-of-5 targets for 27 yards in the Steelers' Week 2 win over the Vikings.

James was limping around much of the day after appearing to hurt his foot/ankle on the opening drive. If he isn't scoring touchdowns, James is tough to make a case for as a usable tight end in fantasy. He is a big part of the Steelers' red-zone offense, however. James will be a TE2 next week at Chicago.
Sep 17 - 5:11 PM

Eli Rogers caught 4-of-7 targets for 43 yards in the Steelers' Week 2 win over the Vikings.

This is a standard day at the office for Rogers, who is going to move the chains over the middle but not factor much into the plans in the red zone.
Sep 17 - 5:10 PM

JuJu Smith-Schuster caught 3-of-4 targets for 16 yards and one touchdown in the Steelers' Week 2 win over the Vikings.

The touchdown came on a short shovel pass near the goal line and was the first of Smith-Schuster's career after being a second-round pick in April. Smith-Schuster has no redraft value as the Steelers' No. 4 wideout.
Sep 17 - 5:06 PM

Antonio Brown caught 5-of-11 targets for 62 yards in the Steelers' Week 2 win over the Vikings.

Brown was trailed by Vikings CB Xavier Rhodes much of the day. Brown drew a long DPI penalty against Rhodes on one play where he beat him, but other than that Rhodes won this battle. Brown was stuck on 3-28-0 receiving deep into the fourth quarter before making a couple grabs away from Rhodes. Brown has never had 100 yards in a game against a Mike Zimmer defense. Look for Brown to get back to his usual 100-yard days next week against the Bears.
Sep 17 - 4:52 PM

Le'Veon Bell rushed 27 times for 87 yards in the Steelers' Week 2 win over the Vikings.

He added four catches for four yards. Bell got far more work than he did Week 1, but the Vikings play stingy defense and didn't let Bell squirt loose for any big plays. His longest run went for 11 yards. Rookie James Conner received just one carry. Bell's workload was a minor concern coming out of the opener, but he's ready to roll as a 25-30 touch player after getting a game under his belt. Bell should have an easier time of things next week at the Bears.
Sep 17 - 4:43 PM

Ben Roethlisberger completed 23-of-35 passes for 243 yards and two touchdowns in the Steelers' Week 2 win over the Vikings.

The yards don't look great, but Big Ben threw a ton of deep balls in this one that resulted in a number of defensive penalties called against the Minnesota DBs. He was looking for Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant behind the defense often, but only found Bryant once for a 51-yard pickup. Ben's two scores were a 27-yard crossing pattern to Bryant and a short shovel pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster at the goal line. Brown was stuck on 3-28 receiving much of the afternoon. Big Ben will be a borderline QB1 next week on the road at the Bears.
Sep 17 - 4:33 PM

Martavis Bryant caught 3-of-4 targets for 91 yards and one touchdown in the Steelers' Week 2 win over the Vikings.

He added a seven-yard run. Bryant had fantasy owners in a freakout after his 2-14-0 Week 1, but this was more of the Bryant we love to see on Sunday. Ben Roethlisberger took multiple shots deep in this one, and a few of them were intended for Bryant, who made a 51-yard grab behind Trae Waynes on a free play. Bryant also roasted Waynes earlier in the day before Waynes had to take a penalty to keep Bryant from catching the ball for a long touchdown. Bryant's score that counted was a 27-yard shallow cross where he left CB Terence Newman in the dust. Boom-or-bust WR2 Bryant and the Steelers travel to face the Bears in Week 3.
Sep 17 - 4:17 PM

Steelers OLB T.J. Watt exited Week 2 with a groin injury and will not return.

Watt left early in the first quarter and remained on the sideline throughout the first half, suggesting it may not be overly serious. Watt has dominated in his short time in the pros with his pass rush and tenacious play.
Sep 17 - 3:10 PM

Steelers declared DE Stephon Tuitt, QB Joshua Dobbs, WR Justin Hunter, S J.J. Wilcox, OT Jerald Hawkins, OT Matt Feiler, and TE Vance McDonald inactive for Week 2 against the Vikings.

Tuitt escaped Week 1 without significant damage to his biceps, but he's out for this one.
Sep 17 - 11:38 AM

Steelers DE Stephon Tuitt (biceps) is not expected to play Week 2 against the Vikings.

Tuitt returned to a limited practice on Friday, but he apparently is still not quite back from the biceps injury he suffered in the season opener. He will have a good shot to suit up Week 3.
Sep 17 - 8:47 AM

Steelers OLB Bud Dupree (shoulder) was taken off the team's injury report for Week 2 against the Vikings.

He missed last week's opener with a shoulder injury but returned to limited practice on Wednesday and was upgraded to full on Friday. Dupree registered 24 tackles, 4.5 sacks and a forced fumble over 318 snaps last season.
Sep 15 - 5:01 PM

Steelers DE Stephon Tuitt (biceps) is questionable for Week 2 against the Vikings.

Vance McDonald (back) and J.J. Wilcox (concussion) also drew the questionable listing while Jerald Hawkins has already been ruled out with a knee injury. Tuitt practiced on a limited basis Friday after sitting out Wednesday and Thursday. He may need another week.
Sep 15 - 2:36 PM

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