Player News - Steelers

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ESPN's Adam Schefter reports JuJu Smith-Schuster (hamstring, questionable) is expected to play Week 15 against the Patriots.

Smith-Schuster looked truly questionable after popping up on the report with a hamstring injury on Thursday, but he got in a limited practice Friday and will give it a go in a pivotal game. Smith-Schuster was trending the wrong way even before his suspension last week, but he still is worth a look as a WR3 in a game with a 54.5-point total.
Dec 16 - 11:44 PM

JuJu Smith-Schuster (hamstring) is questionable for Week 15 against the Patriots.

Smith-Schuster was a late addition to the injury report after a limited Thursday practice. He's been dealing with hamstring issues the last two months, but should play coming off his suspension. Smith-Schuster will be a WR3 in a potential shootout with the Patriots if active.
Dec 15 - 4:20 PM

Steelers CB Joe Haden (questionable, leg) said he'll be a game-time decision for Week 15 against the Patriots.

He's been practicing on a limited basis since Wednesday. Haden probably won't be at 100 percent if he suits up, but he could still be a difference-maker against Tom Brady and the Patriots. Haden hasn't seen the field since suffering a broken leg in Week 10.
Dec 15 - 1:26 PM

JuJu Smith-Schuster was added to the Steelers' injury report on Thursday, getting in a limited session with a hamstring issue.

Smith-Schuster spent the second half of November battling hamstring problems. He missed Week 12. Mid-week additions are never good news, but his Friday status will be key. For now, we would operate under the assumption that JuJu Smith-Schuster will be out there against the Patriots, but his status obviously cannot be taken for granted.
Dec 14 - 4:38 PM

Steelers CB Joe Haden (leg) returned to a limited practice on Wednesday.

It's the first time he's practiced since suffering a broken leg in Week 10. The Steelers are hoping to have him back Sunday against New England. A win would give Pittsburgh home field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.
Dec 13 - 4:30 PM

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said CB Joe Haden (broken leg) will return to practice this week.

Haden has been out with a fractured fibula since Week 10. This does not mean he will definitely return this week, but it is a step in the correct direction. With the No. 1 seed on the line against New England, the Steelers could certainly use Haden back in the lineup on Sunday.
Dec 12 - 12:09 PM

Steelers placed ILB Ryan Shazier (back surgery) on injured reserve.

The Steelers are just making it official after Shazier underwent spinal stabilization surgery last week. His football future is in question, but his long-term health is the main concern right now.
Dec 12 - 11:43 AM

Jesse James caught 10-of-12 targets for 97 yards in Week 14 against Baltimore.

This was easily his best game of the year. James and Vance McDonald were both heavily involved on a night Ben Roethlisberger threw for 500-plus yards. McDonald looks likely to miss time with a shoulder injury, so James could have some low-end streaming value in Week 15.
Dec 11 - 12:38 AM

Martavis Bryant caught 6-of-10 targets for 33 yards in Week 14 against Baltimore.

Bryant was the No. 2 receiver with JuJu Smith-Schuster sidelined. He had a quiet night despite double-digit targets and finished with the same amount of yards as Eli Rogers. Bryant will be relegated to No. 3 duties with Smith-Schuster returning in Week 15
Dec 11 - 12:35 AM

Antonio Brown caught 11-of-18 passes for 213 yards in Week 14 against Baltimore.

Brown was a huge mismatch for Ravens CB Brandon Carr. He got open deep on multiple plays with a three catches over 30 yards. Brown was held out of the end-zone, but set up the game-winning field goal on Pittsburgh's final drive of the fourth quarter. It's another huge yardage game for Brown. He'll be the top receiver play in Week 15 for a potential shootout with the Patriots.
Dec 11 - 12:26 AM

Le'Veon Bell rushed 13 times for 48 yards and two touchdowns and caught 9-of-10 targets for 77 yards and a touchdown in Week 14 against Baltimore.

Bell struggled to find running lanes on his limited carries, getting most of his yardage in the pass game. He lined up at receiver for a 20-yard touchdown on the Steelers' first drive, with both of his rushing TDs coming in the red-zone. Bell had his knee bent on a first-half run but managed to stay in the game. The scoring salvaged Bell’s night but this wasn’t one of his best rushing performances. Bell will remain a top-five play against the Patriots in Week 15.
Dec 11 - 12:15 AM

Ben Roethlisberger completed 44-of-66 passes for 506 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday night's Week 14 win over Baltimore.

Roethlisberger moved the offense effectively despite a tough matchup. He was check down heavy outside of a few deep passes to Antonio Brown. Both of Roethlisberger’s touchdowns came in the red-zone, with his highlight a 20-yard strike to Le'Veon Bell. The Steelers trailed for most of the second half before Roethlisberger led them to a game-winning field goal late in the fourth quarter. Roethlisberger has been on a hot streak with at least two touchdowns in five straight games. He gets a matchup with the Patriots in Week 15.
Dec 11 - 12:06 AM

Antonio Brown (toe) is active for Week 14 against the Ravens.

Brown was removed from the injury report despite missing some practice time this week. He'll be fine for his normal snaps. Pittsburgh's inactives are QB Josh Dobbs, CB Joe Haden, LB Ryan Shazier, OT Matt Feiler, LB Tyler Matakevich, and NT Dan McCullers.
Dec 10 - 7:06 PM

Antonio Brown (toe) wasn't listed on the Steelers' final injury for Week 14 against the Ravens.

Brown was absent from Thursday's practice but returned to a full session on Friday. Leading the NFL in every major receiving category and coming off three straight 100-yard games, Brown remains the league's top receiver in both real life and fantasy.
Dec 8 - 4:38 PM

Antonio Brown (toe) didn't practice on Thursday.

Brown has been battling a sprained toe since last week, though he didn't miss a snap in Monday night's win at Cincinnati. We're not worried about his status for Week 14. Brown leads the NFL in every major receiving category including catches (88), receiving yards (1,296) and touchdowns (nine).
Dec 7 - 3:58 PM


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