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  Steelers | Darrius Heyward-Bey confident    Wed Sep 2, 05:34 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Darrius Heyward-Bey has been playing with a lot of confidence, according to QB Ben Roethlisberger. Roethlisberger said he and Hewyard-Bey have developed somewhat of a rapport with each other since working out in Georgia together. Roethlisberger said he believes Heyward-Bey will step up and play fine when WR Martavis Bryant is suspended.

Footballguys view: If you get points for drops, then Heyward-Bey is your guy. We see more targets for Antonio Brown and Markus Wheaton while Bryant is out. Heyward-Bey has little to no fantasy value--even with more opportunity due to the Bryant suspension.

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  Steelers | Darrius Heyward-Bey with bigger role    Wed Sep 2, 09:34 AM

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Darrius Heyward-Bey will have a bigger role with WR Martavis Bryant suspended the first four games.

Footballguys view: If you get points for drops, then Heyward-Bey is your guy. Yes, he's going to get a larger role with Bryant out for a month. No, we're not expecting much from him as the team's deep target. We'll see if Heyward-Bey can do anything to change minds.

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  Steelers | Antonio Brown receives bonus    Tue Sep 1, 06:51 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown received a $2 million signing bonus as part of the restructured contracts of Brown, TE Heath Miller and PK Shaun Suisham, according to sources. Brown's salary increased to $8 million from $6 million.

Footballguys view: That will certainly help him get over having to restructure his contract already.The Steelers will hopefully use that cap money wisely, and help put the defense back together. Brown should be content which means his status as a WR1 in fantasy remains secure.

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  Steelers | PIT restructures contracts    Tue Sep 1, 02:13 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown, TE Heath Miller and PK Shaun Suisham all had their contracts restructured Tuesday, Sept. 1. The restructuring created about $6 million in salary cap space for the Steelers, according to sources.

Footballguys view: The Steelers are thinking about what they might need down the road, and it speaks highly of all three guys that they would restructure to help a greater cause. Specifically Brown, who could say no, then one day walk off to a big contract elsewhere. Brown is the cream of the crop in fantasy, a top WR1 and arguably the first receiver off the board. Miller is a solid, and oftentimes overlooked TE2.

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Antonio Brown player page


  Steelers | Make roster moves    Mon Aug 31, 04:23 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Kenzel Doe, WR C.J. Goodwin and RB Braylon Heard were released Monday, Aug. 31. The team also waived/injured TE Cameron Clear (undisclosed) and TE Ray Hamilton (undisclosed).

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  Steelers | Garrett Hartley placed on IR    Mon Aug 31, 04:22 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers PK Garrett Hartley (hamstring) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Monday, Aug. 31.

Footballguys view: That's two Steelers kickers out for the year for those at home keeping track. The Steelers expected this, so they went out and acquired Josh Scobee on Monday. He'll now be the kicker for Pittsburgh, and he's fantasy relevant because of the high-powered Steelers offense.

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  Steelers | Martavis Bryant's appeal denied    Mon Aug 31, 03:44 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant's appeal of his suspension has been denied, and he will sit out the first four games of the regular season.

Footballguys view: Fantasy owners proceed as expected here. We've seen Markus Wheaton beat out Bryant so far in the offseason, and now Wheaton is locked in as the team's WR2 opposite Antonio Brown. Bryant can make an impact as a deep receiver when he returns. In shallow leagues, make sure to keep him on the waiver-wire speed dial.

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  Steelers | Josh Scobee acquired by Steelers    Mon Aug 31, 10:38 AM

Jacksonville Jaguars PK Josh Scobee was acquired by the Pittsburgh Steelers Monday, Aug. 31.

Footballguys view: The Steelers get their third kicker of the year with this move. Garrett Hartley suffered an injury in the third preseason game, and the Steelers had already lost Shaun Suisham to a season-ending knee injury earlier this preseason. Now on the Steelers, Scobee has fantasy relevance. This offense is going to be one of the highest-scoring units in the league.

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  Steelers | Garrett Hartley suffers injury    Sat Aug 29, 05:04 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers PK Garrett Hartley (hamstring) suffered an apparent hamstring injury during the third preseason game Saturday, Aug. 29.

Footballguys view: Just what the Steelers don't need--another injury to a kicker. Early reports indicate that he's walking quite gingerly on the sidelines. Stay tuned.

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  Steelers | Two PIT QBs take second-team snaps    Sat Aug 29, 03:55 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers QBs Michael Vick and Landry Jones both took second-team snaps during warmups Saturday, Aug. 29.

Footballguys view: The team may give Jones some looks, but Vick is the one they'll likely turn to as Ben Roethlisberger's backup.

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  Steelers | Michael Vick should play    Sat Aug 29, 01:54 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Michael Vick is expected to play Saturday, Aug. 29, against the Buffalo Bills. Vick was signed just four days ago.

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  Steelers | Maurkice Pouncey may return after bye    Fri Aug 28, 03:36 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey (ankle) likely will be placed on the short-term Reserve/Injured list and probably will not be able to play until after the team's Week 11 bye.

Footballguys view: That's rough. Cody Wallace will take his place for now, and has only six starts over the last two years but was awful last season. Hopefully he has some untapped reserve. We don't expect this to hurt Le'Veon Bell really, and Ben Roethlisberger should be able to overcome this as well, but it's a blow.

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  Steelers | Darrius Heyward-Bey may be No. 3 WR    Thu Aug 27, 08:38 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Darrius Heyward-Bey could be the No. 3 wide receiver if WR Martavis Bryant has to sit out the first four weeks of the regular season.

Footballguys view: We've seen what Heyward-Bey can do and it's not terribly exciting. The upside is that his ADP has been nothing - he was going undrafted and that's unlikely to change immediately. However you can't just assume he's a WR3 or WR4 like Bryant was. We wouldn't expect more than WR5 numbers from him.

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  Steelers | Martavis Bryant failed tests    Thu Aug 27, 07:10 PM

Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant's impending four-game suspension is for failing marijuana tests, according to a source. The suspension's appeal is in its latter stages.

Footballguys view: Bryant's suspension is currently being appealed. Stay tuned. In the meantime, watch the ADP of Markus Wheaton rise. It was already too low as Wheaton had been working as the team's second receiver opposite Antonio Brown. With this Bryant suspension, we'll see fantasy owners pay more attention to Wheaton.

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  Steelers | Markus Wheaton ready for breakout?    Thu Aug 27, 05:35 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Markus Wheaton could be primed for a breakout season, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Jeremy Fowler.

Footballguys view: Wheaton is certainly undervalued in the fantasy community--even before the news of Martavis Bryant's potential suspension. We're seeing Wheaton go off the board as a WR5, but that ADP should rise as people realize that he's already the second wide receiver on one of the league's most high-powered offenses.

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  Steelers | Maurkice Pouncey to return this year?    Thu Aug 27, 04:22 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey (ankle) may be able to return this season, according to head coach Mike Tomlin. Tomlin said how Pouncey heals after surgery will dictate if he's able to return or not.

Footballguys view: They're hoping he can which is why he might be on the IR/Return list soon. The Steelers are hurting at center right now and getting him back even for half a season is huge. He can begin practicing after six weeks; but Pouncey can't play until after being on the list for eight weeks. Not having Pouncey might make life harder for running back LeVeon Bell, but not enough to change his RB1 status.

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  Steelers | Martavis Bryant facing suspension    Thu Aug 27, 02:53 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant has been suspended four games for violating the league's Substance Abuse Policy, according to league sources. He has filed an appeal.

Footballguys view: Wheaton has been ranked as a WR4, but he's been climbing and it's not insane to think he could see some WR3 production. Ben Roethlisberger might take a bit of a hit from a production standpoint, but he's still a QB1 for us.

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  Steelers | Maurkice Pouncey may hit IR-R    Thu Aug 27, 12:52 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey (leg) could land on Injured Reserve designated to return, according to head coach Mike Tomlin.

Footballguys view: The Steelers are hurting at center right now so they are absolutely hopeful they can get him back mid-season. He can begin practicing after six weeks; but Pouncey can't play until after being on the list for eight weeks. It's going to hurt LeVeon Bell a tad, but not enough to knock him off his RB1 pedestal.

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  Steelers | Bruce Gradkowski lands on IR    Tue Aug 25, 11:26 PM

Updating a previous report, the Pittsburgh Steelers placed QB Bruce Gradkowski (finger) on the reserve/injured list Tuesday, Aug. 25, ending his 2015 season. The team signed QB Michael Vick to work as the backup to QB Ben Roethlisberger.

Footballguys view: Gradkowski hasn't thrown a meaningful pass - or heck, an un-meaningful one either - in close to three years. Chances are this is his last round-up.

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  Steelers | Michael Vick signs    Tue Aug 25, 07:40 PM

Updating a previous report, free-agent QB Michael Vick (Jets) signed a one-year deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers Tuesday, Aug. 25. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: No surprise here. The Steelers need veteran depth behind Ben Roethlisberger, and Vick gives them that. QB Bruce Gradkowski (finger) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list.

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  Steelers | David Nelson to IR    Tue Aug 25, 01:26 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers WR David Nelson (shoulder) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Aug. 25.

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  Steelers | Bruce Gradkowski has dislocated finger    Tue Aug 25, 12:42 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers backup QB Bruce Gradkowski (finger) suffered a dislocated finger on his left hand during the team's preseason game against the Green Bay Packers last weekend, according to a source.

Footballguys view: He will have surgery on the finger Tuesday, Aug. 25, and is expected to miss three to four weeks. QB Landry Jones is the only other quarterback currently on the roster.

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  Steelers | Michael Vick visiting Pittsburgh    Tue Aug 25, 11:06 AM

Free-agent QB Michael Vick (Eagles) is visiting the Pittsburgh Steelers Tuesday, Aug. 25.

Footballguys view: The Steelers could use a veteran backup behind Ben Roethlisberger. That's supposed to be Bruce Gradkowski, but reports are coming in about him undergoing surgery on a dislocated finger on his left hand.

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  Steelers | Maurkice Pouncey to have surgery soon    Mon Aug 24, 01:41 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey (ankle) will undergo surgery on his fractured ankle Monday, Aug. 24, or Tuesday, Aug. 25. There is no timetable for his return, but it does not appear to be a season-ending injury.

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  Steelers | Maurkice Pouncey out eight weeks    Mon Aug 24, 08:18 AM

Updating previous reports, Pittsburgh Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey (leg) is expected to miss eight or more weeks due to a fractured fibula just above his left ankle.

Footballguys view: We could see the team tag Pouncey with I.R./Designated to Return label. His absence means the Steelers will turn to Cody Wallace at center. This isn't great news for the Steelers, but don't drastically alter where you rank Le'Veon Bell or any of the other skill position players. Bell is still a top-3 pick in fantasy drafts.

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  Steelers | Maurkice Pouncey to undergo surgery    Sun Aug 23, 04:41 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey (ankle) will require surgery on his ankle, according to head coach Mike Tomlin. However, it is uncertain how much time he will miss.

Footballguys view: The Steelers will hope for the best and likely put Pouncey on the IR-return, but don't be surprised if this broken ankle ends up sidelining him for the season. It takes a lot of the edge off of the upside of the Steelers offense this year, throwing the place of players like LeVeon Bell and Ben Roethlisberger in your rankings into question.

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  Steelers | Stephon Tuitt likely to miss a few weeks    Sun Aug 23, 04:29 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers DL Stephon Tuitt (ankle) is expected to be sidelined for several weeks because of an ankle injury suffered during a preseason game Sunday, Aug. 23, according to head coach Mike Tomlin.

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  Steelers | Bruce Gradkowski injures finger    Sun Aug 23, 02:31 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Bruce Gradkowski (finger) suffered a finger injury during the third preseason game Sunday, Aug. 23, and is questionable to return.

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  Steelers | Stephon Tuitt out of the game    Sun Aug 23, 02:22 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers DE Stephon Tuitt (ankle) suffered an ankle injury during the third preseason game Sunday, Aug. 23, and will not return.

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  Steelers | Maurkice Pouncey suffers injury    Sun Aug 23, 02:21 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey (ankle) left the second preseason game early Sunday, Aug. 23, because of an ankle injury.

Footballguys view: Pouncey got rolled up on. It didn't look like a serious injury, but we can't be sure until we hear more from the team. The Steelers offensive line has as much continuity and good health right now as it has enjoyed in a long time. If they are going to hit their ceiling as an offense (which is very high) this needs to be a minor injury.

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  Steelers | Jarvis Jones still dealing with wrist injury    Fri Aug 21, 07:16 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers LB Jarvis Jones (wrist) is still wearing a soft cast on the wrist injury he suffered last season. Jones said he does not have a problem with contact but has not regained the full range of motion in the wrist.

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  Steelers | Senquez Golson has surgery    Fri Aug 21, 12:14 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers CB Senquez Golson (shoulder) had surgery on his shoulder this week and will be out 'a while.'

Footballguys view: This makes the acquisition of Brandon Boykin even more crucial in hindsight. It's possible Golson is put on IR and this year is a total loss for the second-round pick.

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  Steelers | David Nelson to have MRI    Thu Aug 20, 07:41 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers WR David Nelson (shoulder) could be dealing with a serious injury. He will undergo an MRI exam this week.

Footballguys view: Nelson was out of the league much of last season and had stops with the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills prior to that. He was a long shot to make the roster anyway. Antonio Brown is the guy to get in this offense, and he will be a great WR1. Martavis Bryant should be somewhere in the neighborhood of a low end WR2 or a high end WR3.

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  Steelers | No change for Antonio Brown's contract    Thu Aug 20, 05:09 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown won't be receiving a new contract anytime soon, according to general manager Kevin Colbert. Colbert said it has been the organization's long-standing policy not to rework a non-quarterback contract with more than a year still left on that player's current contract.

Footballguys view: He has everything to play for now, which bodes well for a WR1 type season. Brown should go off the boards early in fantasy drafts this season.

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  Steelers | Le'Veon Bell thinks he can play better    Thu Aug 20, 03:59 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell said he believes he can play better this season because he thinks he is quicker than he was last season. 'A lot of people talk about the season I had last year. They call it a breakout season, but I don't look at it like that,' Bell said. 'I look at it as me just getting started. ... I still feel like I can do a lot of things better. Last year wasn't even close to me being my best.' Bell said he lost four pounds this offseason and is at 2.9% body fat.

Footballguys view: Arguably the top overall pick in fantasy this season, Bell is an attractive option even if he is missing 2 games at the start of the season. That he's pushing himself to be even better is great to hear and should make any owner on the fence jump off it. If he can stay healthy, we see tremendous things from him this year.

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  Steelers | Markus Wheaton likely to start    Wed Aug 19, 08:17 AM

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Markus Wheaton is likely to start over WR Martavis Bryant, in the opinion of beat writer Ed Bouchette. The team uses three receivers a lot, and Bryant will see the field often.

Footballguys view: The starter on the outside could be Wheaton, but Bryant's fantasy value is still going to be interesting because of his red-zone presence and big-play ability. Wheaton is going off the board right now at WR55 (12.05) while Bryant's ADP is WR24 (5.04) in 12-team PPR leagues. We imagine with this news hitting the wire, we'll see the two get a little closer in ADP.

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  Steelers | Jarrod West signs with Steelers    Tue Aug 18, 10:18 AM

Free-agent WR Jarrod West (Jets) signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers Tuesday, Aug. 18. Steelers QB Tajh Boyd was released.

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  Steelers | Bruce Gradkowski returning to practice    Sun Aug 16, 02:40 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Bruce Gradkowski (shoulder) will be activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list and will participate in practice Sunday, Aug. 16.

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  Steelers | QB coach talks Ben Roethlisberger     Sat Aug 15, 08:14 AM

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger could stand to spend more time watching film between games, according to quarterbacks coach Randy Fichtner. 'Ben can always get better during the week putting the time in with film work and really getting a feel for what's going to happen to him.'

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  Steelers | Antonio Brown has been consistent    Thu Aug 13, 05:17 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown has caught at least five passes for a minimum of 50 yards in 33 straight regular season games, and he has 239 catches, 3,197 yards and 21 touchdowns since he signed his last extension with the team in 2012.

Footballguys view: Nobody ran more routes than Brown last year. His 631 routes were well above the league average (409) in 2014. He's arguably the best wide receiver in the league, and he should finish 2015 as a top-3 fantasy receiver.

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  Steelers | Antonio Brown may have to wait on deal    Thu Aug 13, 01:22 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown may not receive a restructured contract at this point since he is still under contract for three more years. The Steelers are reluctant to make any changes to the contract at this point.

Footballguys view: The Steelers should be giving Brown a raise as he's just inside the top 10 of annual receivers salaries. Brown is arguably the best receiver in the game today, and he should be compensated as such.

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  Steelers | Antonio Brown contract talks scheduled    Thu Aug 13, 09:16 AM

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, is expected to meet with the team Friday, Aug. 14, to discuss a reworked and improved contract.

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  Steelers | Roster moves made    Wed Aug 12, 06:34 PM

Free-agents WR David Nelson (Jets) and undrafted free-agent RB Braylon Heard (Kentucky) signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers Wednesday, Aug. 12. Free-agent WR Jarrod West (Jets) tried out.

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  Steelers | Shaun Suisham placed on IR    Wed Aug 12, 06:31 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers PK Shaun Suisham (knee) was placed on Reserve/Injured Wednesday, Aug. 12.

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  Steelers | Ben Roethlisberger to play Friday    Wed Aug 12, 12:12 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is expected to receive 10 to 12 snaps during the second preseason game Friday, Aug. 14.

Footballguys view: Roethlisberger missed the first preseason game, but he'll get some work for a drive or two in the second game.

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  Steelers | Devin Gardner waived    Tue Aug 11, 03:54 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Devin Gardner (undisclosed) was waived/injured Tuesday, Aug. 11.

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  Steelers | Garrett Hartley to join Pittsburgh    Tue Aug 11, 01:08 PM

Free-agent PK Garrett Hartley (Browns) will be signing with the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to his agent.

Footballguys view: On one of the league's most explosive teams, Hartley should have fantasy relevance. In fact, he's likely to be a top-10 fantasy kicker this year if he can be a more accurate kicker.

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  Steelers | Martavis Bryant returning    Tue Aug 11, 12:47 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant (elbow) said he'll return to practice Tuesday, Aug. 11.

Footballguys view: Great news for the Steelers here. After getting his elbow drained due to an infection, Bryant is going to get a chance to prove himself worthy of being a starter opposite Antonio Brown. Bryant is currently competing with Markus Wheaton to be the team's WR2 in 2015.

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  Steelers | Pittsburgh to work out kickers    Mon Aug 10, 06:37 PM

Free-agent PKs Jay Feely (Bears), Alex Henery (Lions) and Garrett Hartley (Browns) will work out for the Pittsburgh Steelers Tuesday, Aug. 11, now that PK Shaun Suisham (knee) is done for the season.

Footballguys view: Any kicker added by the Steelers is going to be fantasy relevant. The Steelers have one of the most high-powered offenses in the league, and their kicker should finish the year as top-10 at the position.

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  Steelers | Shaun Suisham will have surgery    Mon Aug 10, 04:04 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers PK Shaun Suisham (knee) will undergo surgery on his torn anterior cruciate ligament. Pittsburgh will subsequently look for another kicker.

Footballguys view: There are some free agents out there like Billy Cundiff, Shayne Graham and Jay Feely the Steelers could look at. Any kicker added should be of interest to fantasy owners. They have one of the league's most explosive offenses, and their kicker should be a top-10 player at the position.

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