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  Steelers | Le'Veon Bell expected after preseason Week 3    Mon Aug 21, 09:41 AM

Updating previous reports, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is expected to sign his franchise tender and report shortly after the third preseason game, according to a source.

Footballguys view: An important note for fantasy owners here. Bell is holding out but coming in after the third preseason game still gives him a couple of weeks to get up to speed. Fantasy owners worried about his holdout lasting into the regular season should be able to breathe a sigh of relief. Even with Bell missing the preseason, he should still be a top-5 pick (at worst) in fantasy drafts.

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  Steelers | Rough start for Joshua Dobbs    Sun Aug 20, 09:39 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Joshua Dobbs started the preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, Aug. 20, completing 10 of his 19 passes for 70 yards and an interception.

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  Steelers | Martavis Bryant back on the field    Sun Aug 20, 09:19 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant saw his first game action in 18 months, finishing with two catches for 20 yards in a 17-13 preseason win over the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, Aug. 20.

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  Steelers | Hamstring injury for Steven Johnson    Sun Aug 20, 09:12 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers LB Steven Johnson (hamstring) suffered a hamstring injury in a 17-13 win over the Atlanta Falcons in the preseason Sunday, Aug. 20.

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  Steelers | James Conner rushed for 98 yards    Sun Aug 20, 07:37 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner rushed for 98 yards on 20 carries in the preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, Aug. 20.

Footballguys view: Conner's performance wasn't as good as his numbers, but at least he held up under a heavy workload. The Steelers could employ an RBBC if Le'Veon Bell goes down unless Conner distinguishes himself in the remainder of the preseason.

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  Steelers | Javon Hargrave leaves game     Sun Aug 20, 04:36 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers DT Javon Hargrave (head) left the preseason game early Sunday, Aug. 20, and is being evaluated for a possible concussion.

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  Steelers | James Harrison likely to sit out    Sat Aug 19, 03:45 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers LB James Harrison likely will not play in the second preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, Aug. 20, according to head coach Mike Tomlin. Harrison has participated in only one of the 16 practices during training camp.

Footballguys view: Harrison is a seasoned pro and doesn't need every preseason rep. At 39 years old, Harrison has found the fountain of youth over the last three years with the Steelers. If healthy, gathering in around 5.0 sacks this year would be a sound projection for the veteran.

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  Steelers | Antonio Brown to sit out again    Fri Aug 18, 06:16 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown will not play in the preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, Aug. 20.

Footballguys view: Brown is getting time off as the team prepares him for the start of the regular season. He's arguably the best WR in the league and fantasy owners should be considering him in the first round of any draft regardless of format.

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  Steelers | Ryan Shazier back on the field    Fri Aug 18, 06:11 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers LB Ryan Shazier (hamstring) was limited during practice Friday, Aug. 18. He has missed most of training camp because of his hamstring injury.

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  Steelers | Joshua Dobbs could move up depth chart    Fri Aug 18, 06:11 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Joshua Dobbs has a chance to earn the No. 2 quarterback job, according to head coach Mike Tomlin.

Footballguys view: This probably has as much to do with Landry Jones development flatlining as it does with Dobbs being ahead of the curve. With Ben Roethlisberger's injury history, the #2 for the Steelers is likely to see the field this year.

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  Steelers | James Conner set to make debut    Fri Aug 18, 03:42 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (shoulder) is scheduled to play against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, Aug. 20. Head coach Mike Tomlin expects to give Conner as much work as possible.

Footballguys view: If Conner can hold up in the last three preseason games, he should lock up the backup job behind LeVeon Bell which was golden for fantasy football when DeAngelo Williams (still unsigned) held it.

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  Steelers | Le'Veon Bell turned down huge five-year offer    Fri Aug 18, 02:49 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell, who has yet to report to training camp, reportedly turned down a five-year contract extension averaging more than $12 million per year annually that his agent and the team had agreed upon right before the July 17 NFL deadline for franchise players to sign long-term deals.

Footballguys view: The Steelers can always franchise him again next year, but if Bell is intent on moving on unless he gets a huge deal, they could move on, too. Bell staying healthy is crucial to preserving his long-term value on the market. Hold onto those James Conner dynasty shares.

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  Steelers | Two Steelers defenders miss practice    Thu Aug 17, 07:19 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers LB Ryan Shazier (hamstring) and FS Mike Mitchell (undisclosed) did not participate in practice Thursday, Aug. 17.

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  Steelers | JuJu Smith-Schuster misses practice    Thu Aug 17, 07:12 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) did not participate in practice Thursday, Aug. 17, because of a bone bruise in his knee.

Footballguys view: There are a lot of options for Ben Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh, so Smith-Schuster should get on the field again as soon as he can. While we like the rookies ability and potential as a Red Zone threat we aren't expecting much this year.

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  Steelers | Stephon Tuitt may receive extension    Thu Aug 17, 07:09 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers president Art Rooney II said the team would like to sign DE Stephon Tuitt to a contract extension before the start of the regular season.

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  Steelers | Le'Veon Bell to report before season    Thu Aug 17, 01:27 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell will report to the Steelers prior to the commencement of the regular season, although it is unclear exactly when he will report, according to a source.

Footballguys view: We always feel a bit leery when players miss an entire preseason. You never know what shape they will be in and weather they will be truly ready for the season. Bell is a veteran, so we know he should be mentally prepared. Hopefully he is physically prepared as well. Most Fantasy GM's are betting that way, making him the second overall pick of their fantasy drafts.

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  Steelers | Landry Jones limited    Wed Aug 16, 08:04 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Landry Jones (abdomen) was limited during practice Wednesday, Aug. 16.

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  Steelers | JuJu Smith-Schuster leaves early    Wed Aug 16, 08:03 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (undisclosed) left practice early Wednesday, Aug. 16, after suffering an undisclosed injury. He was on the ground for a few minutes but was able to walk off on his own.

Footballguys view: Smith-Schuster suffered a concussion during the team's first preseason game. He missed just a bit of time but then returned to action. Hopefully this undisclosed injury has nothing to do with his head.

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  Steelers | James Harrison fine with backup role    Wed Aug 16, 06:08 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers LB James Harrison said he is fine with playing behind LB T.J. Watt this season. General manager Kevin Colbert said he still expects Harrison to be a significant contributor this season.

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  Steelers | Joshua Dobbs expected to start again    Wed Aug 16, 06:06 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Joshua Dobbs likely will be the starting quarterback in the preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, Aug. 20, unless QB Landry Jones (abdomen) is able to return to practice this week.

Footballguys view: Dobbs has struggled in camp and the preseason. He's a developmental prospect to be sure, and the team may be in need of a quarterback in a hurry if Ben Roethlisberger decides to retire after this season.

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  Steelers | Ben Roethlisberger to sit Sunday    Wed Aug 16, 06:05 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger has been told that he will not play in the preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, Aug. 20, but will play in the third preseason game.

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  Steelers | Sammie Coates activated    Wed Aug 16, 10:11 AM

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Sammie Coates (knee) was activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list Wednesday, Aug. 14.

Footballguys view: Coates is going to compete for the no3 WR job behind Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant. His main competition for the job is rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster. Coates is fast and physical, but he's got a bad problem of dropping too many passes. He'll have to stay healthy and show better concentration if he wants to earn a role in the high-powered Steelers offense.

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  Steelers | Sammie Coates hopes to return this week    Mon Aug 14, 06:44 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Sammie Coates (knee) said hopes to be activated from Physically Unable to Perform list Wednesday, Aug. 16.

Footballguys view: Coates has speed and run-after-the-catch ability....but he also has problems with concentration and will drop too many passes. He'll compete for the no3 WR job in Pittsburgh, but we think rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster ends up winning that spot behind Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant.

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  Steelers | Canaan Severin waived    Mon Aug 14, 05:58 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Canaan Severin was waived Monday, Aug. 14.


  Steelers | JuJu Smith-Schuster back at practice    Sun Aug 13, 09:44 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (head) returned to practice Sunday, Aug. 13.

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  Steelers | James Conner on track to play    Sun Aug 13, 08:58 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (shoulder) said he felt great after doing individual work and 7-on-7 drills during practice Sunday, Aug. 13, and he is on track to play in the second preseason game Sunday, Aug. 20.

Footballguys view: In deeper leagues, we are handcuffing Conner to Le'Veon Bell. If anything happens to Bell, Conner is the type of blue-collar back who can thrive with a large workload. We'd project him as a RB2 for fantasy owners if the rookie from PITT was the starter due to a Bell injury. Keep him on your waiver wire speed dial in more shallow leagues.

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  Steelers | Pittsburgh eyeing Trumaine Johnson?    Sat Aug 12, 12:55 PM

The Pittsburgh Steelers are among the teams that have been 'sniffing around' on a possible trade for Los Angeles Rams CB Trumaine Johnson, according to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora.

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  Steelers | Martavis Bryant to practice in full Sunday    Sat Aug 12, 12:35 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant participated in a closed practice session Thursday, Aug. 10, and has been cleared for full practice Sunday, Aug. 13, after the Steelers received word from the league earlier in the week he was allowed to rejoin the team.

Footballguys view: Bryant is ready to go this weekend, and there's a good chance we could see him in the second preseason game for the Steelers. On the field, Bryant is a big play just waiting to happen with the ability to change your week-to-week outlook. Bryant is WR25 in 12-team PPR leagues right now, going off the board at the top of the fifth round. Don't expect that to stay the same if he makes highlight plays in the preseason.

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  Steelers | JuJu Smith-Schuster has concussion    Fri Aug 11, 08:23 PM

Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (concussion) suffered a concussion during the preseason game Friday, Aug. 11.

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  Steelers | JuJu Smith-Schuster may have concussion    Fri Aug 11, 07:28 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (head) left the preseason game early Friday, Aug. 11, and is being evaluated for a concussion.

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  Steelers | Martavis Bryant expected to sit Friday    Fri Aug 11, 05:45 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant is not expected to play in the preseason game against the New York Giants Friday, Aug. 11, according to sources.

Footballguys view: Bryant has been cleared to participate in all preseason activities but he's not yet been fully reinstated after a year-long suspension. The Steelers might want to ramp up his workload more in practice before trotting him out there for a game.

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  Steelers | Several Steelers do not practice    Wed Aug 9, 08:10 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers WR DeMarcus Ayers (undisclosed), C Maurkice Pouncey (undisclosed), LB Ryan Shazier (lower body), CB Artie Burns (lower body), FS Mike Mitchell (lower body) and FS Sean Davis (undisclosed) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Aug. 9.

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  Steelers | Martavis Bryant not fully cleared    Wed Aug 9, 07:31 PM

Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant has been cleared for all preseason activities but will continue to be evaluated as to his readiness to participate in regular season activities.

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  Steelers | Martavis Bryant reinstated    Wed Aug 9, 07:17 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant is now permitted to participate in all football activities, according to general manager Kevin Colbert.

Footballguys view: Colbert also wrote "He will continue to be evaluated as to his readiness to participate in regular-season activities under the terms of his conditional reinstatement." So the league hasn't given the go-ahead for Bryant to play in the regular season yet. One hopes that if he can play in the preseason, he will get cleared for the regular season if he doesn't slip up. There is still risk to taking him in the fifth round, but he has the upside to perform at a 2nd/3rd level. This is a step forward, but we're not to the end yet.

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  Steelers | Coach talking with Le'Veon Bell    Wed Aug 9, 06:09 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said he has been in contact with RB Le'Veon Bell during his holdout but does not have an update on when Bell will report. Bell is working out in South Florida and may report to the team in late August.

Footballguys view: As long as Bell is in uniform for the season opener against the Browns, you shouldn't get worried about this. It is a potential reason to separate him and David Johnson for the #1 overall draft spot.

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  Steelers | Joshua Dobbs to start Friday    Wed Aug 9, 06:05 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Joshua Dobbs will be the starting quarterback in the preseason game against the New York Giants Friday, Aug. 11.

Footballguys view: Dobbs could be the Steelers starter as early as next year if Ben Roethlisberger retires. We'll be watching his preseason performances very closely.

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  Steelers | Alejandro Villanueva back on field    Wed Aug 9, 06:05 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers OT Alejandro Villanueva (head) participated in individual drills during practice Wednesday, Aug. 9.

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  Steelers | Big Ben, Antonio Brown to sit Friday    Wed Aug 9, 12:56 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger and WR Antonio Brown will not play in the team's exhibition opener against the New York Giants on Friday, Aug. 11.

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  Steelers | Alejandro Villanueva checked for concussion    Tue Aug 8, 10:02 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers OT Alejandro Villanueva (head) was evaluated for a possible concussion after he was injured during practice Sunday, Aug. 6.

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  Steelers | James Conner limited Tuesday    Tue Aug 8, 09:43 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (shoulder) participated in light drills during practice Tuesday, Aug. 8.

Footballguys view: Conner is getting close to a return and opportunity to win the valuable backup running back job. For, Fitzgerald Toussaint is ahead of him.

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  Steelers | Fitzgerald Toussaint atop depth chart    Tue Aug 8, 11:49 AM

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Fitzgerald Toussaint is listed as the first-team running back with RB Le'Veon Bell not in camp.

Footballguys view: James Conner was not listed because he is nursing a shoulder injury. If Conner can get healthy soon, he should be able to push Toussaint to be the backup to Bell, a very valuable fantasy spot.

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  Steelers | Nelson Adans cut    Mon Aug 7, 07:36 AM

Pittsburgh Steelers DT Nelson Adams was released on Sunday, Aug. 6.

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  Steelers | JaCorey Shepherd signed    Mon Aug 7, 07:31 AM

The Pittsburgh Steelers signed free-agent CB JaCorey Shepherd (49ers) on Sunday, Aug. 6.

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  Steelers | JuJu Smith-Schuster favored in red zone?    Sun Aug 6, 10:19 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster split reps with WR Eli Rogers as the slot receiver with the first-team, but Smith-Schuster was used more often in the red zone.

Footballguys view: The Steelers have quality depth at wide receiver and young depth. If Martavis Bryant gets suspended again, they should still be able to keep the passing game humming. Smith-Schuster would be the preferred pickup of he and Rogers in that case.

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  Steelers | Justin Hunter back at practice    Sun Aug 6, 09:44 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Justin Hunter (knee) returned to practice Sunday, Aug. 6, but he dropped a deep ball that would have gone for a big play.

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  Steelers | Martavis Bryant to practice soon?    Sun Aug 6, 08:40 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant is expected to be fully reinstated and return to practice this week, a team source said Sunday, Aug. 6.

Footballguys view: We didn't think we would have to sweat this during the summer, but it has been a surprise story without a clear resolution on the horizon until this report. Hopefully it is true and we can get the league office out of the equation determining Bryant's value this year.

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  Steelers | Artie Burns dealing with injury    Sun Aug 6, 05:28 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers CB Artie Burns (undisclosed) is being evaluated for an undisclosed injury, according to head coach Mike Tomlin. Tomlin said he hopes Burns will only be sidelined for a few days.

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  Steelers | Scott Orndoff waived    Fri Aug 4, 08:20 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers TE Scott Orndoff (undisclosed) was waived from the Reserve/Injured list Friday, Aug. 4, after the two sides agreed to an injury settlement.


  Steelers | Mike Tomlin signs extension    Fri Aug 4, 04:21 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin signed a two-year contract extension Friday, Aug. 4, that will keep him with the team through at least the 2020 season.

Footballguys view: It makes sense, since he's definitely going to be there as long as Ben Roethlisberger is, and the team has been competitive throughout his tenure. Tomlin has a few more years to produce some playoff success and maybe a Super Bowl, and we like his odds.

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  Steelers | Martavis Bryant still not practicing    Fri Aug 4, 01:48 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant has yet to satisfy all of the NFL's requirements for reinstatement after serving his one-year drug suspension and will continue to not be allowed to practice at training camp until that changes.

Footballguys view: It's hard to feel good when the league discipline office timetables are involved in a player's availability. Bryant could easily provide second or third round value if he's playing, so a fifth-round ADP isn't outrageous, but there is no way to know when the league will address this or what exactly Bryant has to do to get on the field.

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