Player News - Steelers

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Eli Rogers (toe) is not practicing Wednesday.

He's battling a case of turf toe, which can be a multi-week injury. If Rogers can't play, look for Markus Wheaton to man the slot with Sammie Coates and Darrius Heyward-Bey splitting snaps opposite Antonio Brown.
Sep 28 - 3:54 PM

The Steelers are happy with Le'Veon Bell's conditioning coming off suspension.

"A guy that is highly conditioned over a 12 month calendar," coach Mike Tomlin said. "We have seen him every day, he has been a part of us, and he has been in the building. He is up to speed on what we are doing from a schematic standpoint and really in tune there." It's further indication the Steelers will have no qualms immediately employing Bell as a bell-cow. Bell is already a top-three option at running back.
Sep 27 - 6:23 PM

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said to expect "a lot" of Le'Veon Bell against the Chiefs in Week 4.

Rather than easing him in, it looks like Bell will be full throttle in his return from a three-game suspension. "Rest assured, you're going to see Le'Veon Bell and a lot of him Sunday," said Tomlin when asked about Bell's workload. DeAngelo Williams enjoyed a strong opener but fizzled out over the last two weeks. Bell is going to be heavily involved in every facet of the Pittsburgh offense and makes for a no-brainer RB1 in all formats.
Sep 27 - 12:39 PM

Eli Rogers (toe) is wearing a boot on his left foot.

Rogers injured himself about halfway through Sunday's loss to Philadelphia. Coach Mike Tomlin is calling him "very questionable" for Week 4 against Kansas City. That will be the Sunday night game this week. If Rogers can't go, Sammie Coates would start in three-wide sets along with Antonio Brown and Markus Wheaton.
Sep 27 - 12:14 PM

Le'Veon Bell's three-game suspension has ended.

Bell will rejoin the team this week and should start on Sunday night against the Chiefs. He's said his knee is 100 percent. DeAngelo Williams played well while Bell was suspended, but Bell will return to a massive workload as the clear lead back. He is a locked-in RB1 moving forward.
Sep 26 - 8:57 AM

Ben Roethlisberger completed 24-of-44 passes for 257 yards with no touchdowns and one interception and rushed once for seven yards Sunday in the Steelers' Week 3 loss to the Eagles.

He lost one of his two fumbles. Fresh off a convincing win against Cincinnati in Week 2, Big Ben fell flat against the Steelers’ in-state rival on Sunday. Roethlisberger was passable in the first half (no pun intended), converting 13-of-18 attempts for 147 yards. The wheels fell off after that as Pittsburgh’s offensive line collapsed, forcing Ben to spend most of the second half running for his life. The one interception he threw came on a deep shot to the end zone that Rodney McLeon wrestled away from Darrius Heyward-Bey. Roethlisberger was also strip-sacked by Fletcher Cox in the third-quarter. Brandon Graham recovered the fumble, setting up Philadelphia’s third touchdown of the quarter. Big Ben stayed in during garbage time but the Steelers never came close to scoring again. He’ll look for a clean slate next week at home against the Chiefs.
Sep 25 - 8:18 PM

DeAngelo Williams earned 21 yards on eight carries while catching four-of-seven targets for 23 yards Sunday in the Steelers' Week 3 loss to the Eagles.

Williams was pretty much doomed from the start as the Steelers fell behind early and spent the rest of the game in catch-up mode. The veteran was bottled up for seven yards on six carries in the first half and only saw two more carries after that, though he did draw five targets after halftime. Williams blew us all away with a marvelous Week 1 but has cooled off in a big way over his last two outings, averaging just 2.88 yards per carry on his last 40 rushing attempts. He’ll take on a much smaller role when workhorse Le’Veon Bell returns from his suspension in Week 4.
Sep 25 - 8:15 PM

Jesse James collected two catches for 10 yards on four targets Sunday in the Steelers' Week 3 loss to the Eagles.

Both of his catches came in the first half as James was unable to haul in either of his two second-half targets. With the Steelers way behind, Ben Roethlisberger looked to Antonio Brown to gain huge chunks of yards while ignoring James, who functions as the Steelers’ primary check-down man. James will be little more than a streaming option next week against the Chiefs.
Sep 25 - 8:13 PM

Antonio Brown nabbed 12-of-18 targets for 140 yards Sunday in the Steelers' Week 3 loss to the Eagles.

Brown was the only bright spot for Pittsburgh on an otherwise miserable afternoon in Philadelphia. The Steelers were forced to throw in the second half and Antonio took full advantage with seven grabs for 85 yards on 11 targets. His longest catch came early in the second quarter on a 20-yard reception down the left sideline. It was a nice bounce-back game for Antonio after a quiet outing against the Bengals in Week 2. He’ll be a top-three receiving option next week at home against the Chiefs.
Sep 25 - 8:11 PM

Markus Wheaton secured one-of-five targets for two yards Sunday in the Steelers' Week 3 loss to the Eagles.

It took him four quarters to gather his first catch. Wheaton dropped a sure touchdown in the first quarter and was benched until Eli Rogers left the game with a toe injury. He proceeded to drop his next two targets. Wheaton missed the first two games of the season with a shoulder injury and it looked like he forgot how to play football during his time off. Perhaps he’ll redeem himself next week against the Chiefs.
Sep 25 - 8:09 PM

Sammie Coates delivered three catches for 50 yards on four targets Sunday in the Steelers' Week 3 loss to the Eagles.

Coates reeled in a 41-yard catch early in the second quarter but added just nine yards on his other two grabs. He played more than expected after Markus Wheaton was briefly benched for an egregious drop in the first quarter. Coates has mostly been targeted on deep routes this season. That gives him big-play potential, but those passes also have a much lower success rate, which lowers his floor. Fantasy owners can skip him next week against the Chiefs.
Sep 25 - 8:08 PM

Eli Rogers left the Steelers' Week 3 game against the Eagles with a toe injury and will not return.

It's just been one of those days for the Steelers. Rogers is already the fourth player Pittsburgh has lost to injury today. He'll finish the afternoon with two catches for 32 yards on five targets. Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton and Sammie Coates will operate as the Steelers' top three wide receivers.
Sep 25 - 6:25 PM

Steelers ILB Lawrence Timmons left Sunday's Week 3 game against the Eagles with a shin injury and will not return.

He's on his way to a local hospital, where X-rays will be administered. Timmons logged one tackle before exiting late in the first half. Ramon Foster (chest) and Rob Golden (hamstring) are also done for the day.
Sep 25 - 6:07 PM

Steelers declared QB Zach Mettenberger, CB Senquez Golson, C/G Chris Hubbard, LB Steven Johnson, FB Roosevelt Nix, C/G Cody Wallace and DE L.T. Walton inactive for Week 3 against the Eagles.

Roosevelt has a back injury while Golson is dealing with a foot issue. Ramon Foster, who was listed as questionable with an elbow injury, is active for Pittsburgh.
Sep 25 - 3:11 PM

PennLive's Jacob Klinger reports Markus Wheaton (shoulder) will rotate with Sammie Coates and Darrius Heyward-Bey opposite Antonio Brown.

Wheaton was slated to be the clear No. 2 to open the season, but a sprained right shoulder kept him out the first two weeks. Now he is returning to a timeshare. "I mean coming in I kind of wanted to take over that role, but things happen," Wheaton said. "Things happen and all I can do is get better now and keep continuing to grow." Splitting snaps, Wheaton is not worth using even in a decent matchup this week, but he could establish himself as the clear starter with a strong showing.
Source: Penn Live
Sep 24 - 9:22 AM


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