Player News - Steelers

Date: Team: Pos:

Steelers signed K Chris Boswell.

Pittsburgh also brought in Randy Bullock and Kai Forbath for workouts on Saturday. Adding Boswell likely marks the end of the road for Josh Scobee, who was acquired from the Jaguars in exchange for a 2016 sixth-round pick in August. Scobee missed two key field goals in Thursday night's loss to the Ravens.
Oct 3 - 12:59 PM

Darrius Heyward-Bey caught 4-of-5 targets for 31 yards in Pittsburgh's Week 4 loss to the Ravens.

DHB's touchdown was a nine-yard missile from Michael Vick that he would have dropped had Vick not literally stuck it in his gut. DHB has been forced into far too many snaps during Martavis Bryant's four-game suspension, but that will finally change next week as Bryant returns.
Oct 2 - 12:35 AM

Heath Miller caught 1-of-2 targets for one yard in Pittsburgh's Week 4 loss to the Ravens.

The Steelers needed Miller to block as Michael Vick attempted only 26 passes in an overtime game. Growing less predictable, Miller will be little more than a low-end TE2 for the duration of Ben Roethlisberger's absence.
Oct 2 - 12:30 AM

Markus Wheaton caught his lone target for 18 yards in Pittsburgh's Week 4 loss to the Ravens.

Wheaton was limited to 17 snaps (per Pro Football Focus' Nathan Jahnke) after suffering an ankle injury in the first half. He was announced as "probable" to return, but scarcely saw the field afterward. Given a four-game audition for No. 2 duties during Martavis Bryant's suspension, Wheaton finishes with a bitterly disappointing eight catches for 156 scoreless yards. Bryant should immediately reassume starting status opposite Antonio Brown. Wheaton can be cast back to the wire in any league where he's still owned.
Oct 2 - 12:26 AM

Antonio Brown caught 5-of-9 targets for 42 yards in the Steelers' Week 4 loss to the Ravens.

The 42-yard evening means Brown's streak of games with at least five catches for 50 yards is snapped at 36. That includes the playoffs. It also snaps Brown's seven-catch streak at 15. It was a rough, too conservative night for the Steelers' entire offense, but Brown could have made things easier had he not dropped a 36-yard touchdown in the second quarter. It wouldn't have been the easiest grab in the world, but was a catch Brown almost always makes. He was also wide open on an overtime fourth down, but Michael Vick made a terrible pass. Life is going to be much tougher for the NFL's most consistent player while Ben Roethlisberger is sidelined, but Brown will remain a high-end WR1 for next week's game against the Chargers.
Oct 2 - 12:12 AM

Le'Veon Bell rushed 22 times for 129 yards in the Steelers' Week 4 loss to the Ravens, adding seven catches for an additional 21 yards.

He needed overtime to do it, but Bell became the first back in 29 games to sting the Ravens for 100 yards on the ground. Bell was in 2014 form this evening, displaying patience as he waited for lanes to open up and then flashing his absurd quicks once he hit the hole. Bell completely reversed fields on his 11-yard touchdown in the second quarter, nearly going from sideline to sideline. Life wasn't as easy without Ben Roethlisberger under center, but Bell is simply hard to stop, no matter how free defenses feel to cheat up on the box. He'll remain a top-three RB1 for Week 5 against the Chargers.
Oct 2 - 12:07 AM

Michael Vick completed 19-of-26 passes for 124 yards and a touchdown in the Steelers' 23-20 overtime loss to the Ravens in Week 4.

He added nine carries for 33 yards. Vick committed a fumble, but the Steelers recovered. Vick appeared athletically ready, showing off his still-prodigious arm strength while reeling off a few nice runs, but the Steelers insisted on leaving the training wheels on their 15-year pro. The result was a second half where Pittsburgh managed only 60 yards as the Ravens forced overtime. Vick failed to hit a few easy throws while taking some bad sacks, but the loss was not on him. Antonio Brown dropped an easy 36-yard touchdown in the first half. It's understandable that the Steelers want to limit Vick's opportunities to make mistakes, but they'll need to open things up more in Week 5. Vick will be a low-end QB2 against the Chargers.
Oct 2 - 12:02 AM

Steelers declared CB Cortez Allen, QB Ben Roethlisberger, TE Matt Spaeth, TE Jesse James, ILB Ryan Shazier, NT Daniel McCullers and OLB Anthony Chickillo inactive for Week 4 against the Ravens.

Allen remains week to week with a knee injury. It boosts an already mouthwatering matchup for Ravens QB Joe Flacco.
Oct 1 - 7:07 PM

Steelers ILB Ryan Shazier (shoulder) will not play Thursday night against the Ravens.

Coach Mike Tomlin said Shazier is still dealing with weakness in the injured shoulder. He was always a long shot on the short week. Shazier will have 11 days to get ready for San Diego on Monday night of Week 5.
Oct 1 - 9:40 AM

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette listed the matchup between Baltimore wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. and Pittsburgh safety Mike Mitchell as a key to Thursday's game.

The Baltimore Ravens are 0-3, but Steve Smith Sr. has done his part early in 2015 with 336 receiving yards in the last two weeks. Pittsburgh FS Mike Mitchell is aware of the challenge of covering Smith, telling the Post-Gazette, "He’s had a great career and he continues to play with that ferocity and swagger that only Steve Smith has. It’s exciting to see." Although the Steelers D/ST is coming off a solid game at St. Louis, they won't be a recommended fantasy option in Week 4 when they host Baltimore and quarterback Joe Flacco, who has thrown for 746 yards in his last two outings.
Oct 1 - 3:15 AM

Ben Roethlisberger said he has no timeline on his return from an MCL sprain and bone bruise in his knee.

"It’s kind of one of those things where we are going to take it week by week," Roethlisberger said. Multiple reports have put the timetable at 4-6 weeks with six weeks as the more likely outcome. Michael Vick will start for the Steelers while Ben is sidelined.
Sep 29 - 10:30 AM

Steelers TE Matt Spaeth is dealing with a broken hand.

Spaeth has a cast on the hand and hopes he can play through the injury. Coach Mike Tomlin said how well he can perform with the cast in practice will determine if he can play this week. Almost exclusively a blocker, Spaeth should be able to operate even with the cast.
Source: Penn Live
Sep 29 - 10:08 AM

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin says the team will "work in (Michael Vick's) comfort zone," and "bring the game to him."

Some coaches would rather lose than change up their system for a backup, but Tomlin realizes Vick can't do the things Ben Roethlisberger does. "He is (comfortable in the offense), but that doesn’t mean that we’re going to ask him to execute our offense in the same manner as we’d ask Ben to," Tomlin said. Vick still offers some big-play upside, but is more erratic than ever. He's a turnover machine who's a shell of his former self athletically. The Steelers would be well served to ride Le'Veon Bell, and pick their spots with Vick. He'll be a low-end QB2 for Thursday's game against the Ravens.
Sep 28 - 1:33 PM

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said ILB Ryan Shazier is dealing with weakness in his injured shoulder.

The shoulder injury was not originally believed to be severe, but Shazier was held out of practice all week before missing the game against the Rams. With the Steelers playing on Thursday night, Shazier appears doubtful to play. His status will be updated throughout the week.
Sep 28 - 12:47 PM

Le'Veon Bell said he is prepared for a bigger workload while Ben Roethlisberger (knee) is sidelined.

Roethlisberger is expected to miss six weeks with an MCL sprain and a bone bruise. The Steelers probably will lean more on the running game with Big Ben sidelined, but touches have never been a concern for Bell. The Steelers' offense is almost certain to take a step back with Michael Vick under center, and that hurts Bell's upside in the short term. Either way, Bell will be a top-three RB1 on Thursday night against the Ravens.
Sep 28 - 8:35 AM

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