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    Defensive Matchup

  • Pittsburgh Injuries
    DatePosPlayerInjuryNFL StatusFantasy News
    08/31/16LBBud DupreeGroinQUESTIONABLEDupree (groin) admitted he suffered setbacks that have delayed his return, accoring to ESPN.com writer Jeremy Fowler. "I keep trying to go out there too quickly," Dupree said. "I can't be a speed dude and look slow. I can't be a non-explosive guy when everybody knows I'm explosive. That's got to be (a departure) from why the Steelers picked me."

    Dupree, who missed most of training camp as a result of this injury, was in competition with James Harrison and Arthur Moats to start at ouside linebacker after the 2015 first round draft pick impressed with 26 tackles, including four sacks, in his rookie season. With two games remaining in the preseason, he still has an opportunity to win the job outright, but may find himself in a timeshare if his injury lingers.

    (Updated 08/23/2016)
    08/27/16DLCameron HeywardAnkleQUESTIONABLEHeyward (ankle) said he expects to be ready for Week 1, despite suffering a high ankle sprain in Friday's preseason game against the Saints, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    While not completely unheard of, two weeks would represent a very quick recovery from a high ankle sprain. In all likelihood, Heyward will be no better than questionable for Week 1, perhaps even needing to miss the first few games of the season. It would be a big loss for Pittsburgh's defense, though the unit does boast improved depth in the front seven this year.

    (Updated 08/27/2016)
    08/27/16DBShamarko ThomasGroinQUESTIONABLEThomas suffered a right groin injury in Friday's matchup with the Saints, and will not return to the game.

    It is unclear the severity of Thomas' injury at the moment. The 25-year-old currently projects as the second strong safety on the Steelers' depth chart. Expect an update on his status when more information is made available.

    (Updated 08/26/2016)
    08/24/16DBCortez AllenKneePROBABLEAllen has been released by the Steelers.

    Allen missed all of last season after suffering a knee injury in Week 1, but his release also comes after he signed a lucrative four-year extension with Pittsburgh in 2014. Now a free agent, Allen's absence further ensures the Steelers will address the cornerback position through the draft.

    (Updated 04/15/2016)
    08/19/16RBLe'Veon BellSuspensionSUSPENDBell is among the Steelers' key players not slated to play in Thursday's preseason finale against the Panthers.

    The same applies to DeAngelo Williams, who is set to fill in for Bell while he serves a three-game suspension to start the season. On Thursday, the team's depth backs will have an opportunity to make their cases for complementary roles heading into the regular season. Bell's next game action is slated to arrive on Oct. 2, when the Steelers face the Chargers at home in Week 4.

    (Updated 08/30/2016)
    08/13/16DLAnthony ChickilloAnkleQUESTIONABLEChickillo suffered an apparent leg injury on Friday, Chris Adamski of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

    The extent of Chickillo's ankle injury is unknown, and he will be further evaluated before a timetable for his return is set in place.

    (Updated 08/12/2016)
    08/09/16DBSenquez GolsonFootOUTGolson (foot) claims he is a targeting a return to practice seven weeks from now, Dale Lolley of the Observer-Reporter reports.

    Golson underwent Lisfranc surgery roughly two weeks ago, but the former second round pick from 2015 is already mapping out his return to action. Just 23-years-old, Golson possesses tremendous upside and the Steelers remain optimistic that he can still carve out a role with the defense at some point in the season.

    (Updated 08/23/2016)
    07/29/16WRMartavis BryantSuspensionSUSPENDBryant was never under consideration of being cut by the Steelers despite his recently imposed year-long suspension, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

    Bryant's multiple violations of the league's substance abuse policy triggered a minimum one-year suspension from the league, but the Steelers never considered releasing him, according to general manager Kevin Colbert. Instead, Pittsburgh will hope Bryant makes the necessary changes to his life to get reinstated next year, when he would have two years remaining on his contract with the team. With Bryant suspended, Steelers receivers Markus Wheaton and, more specifically, Sammie Coates, will be looked upon to take advantage of their increased opportunities this season.

    (Updated 03/21/2016)
    Carolina Injuries
    DatePosPlayerInjuryNFL StatusFantasy News
    08/27/16DBJeremy CashConcussionQUESTIONABLECash left Friday's matchup with the Patriots to be evaluated for a concussion, Max Henson of CarolinaPanthers.com reports.

    Cash currently projects as the third weakside linebacker onthe team's depth chart. He will unlikely return to action until all of his symptoms have passed.

    (Updated 08/26/2016)
    08/24/16DLChas AlecxihKneeQUESTIONABLEAlecxih has suffered an unspecified knee injury, Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

    The severity of the injury is undisclosed, but head coach Ron Rivera noted that "it does not look good". Alecxih was reportedly having a strong camp prior to going down, but would have needed an excellent preseason showing to make the Panthers' final roster behind a stacked defensive line sporting the likes of DTs Star Lotulelei, Kawann Short, Paul Soliai and Vernon Butler.

    (Updated 08/07/2016)
    08/24/16RBDevon JohnsonUndisclosedQUESTIONABLEJohnson was placed on the Panthers waived/injured list Thursday, The Washington Post reports.

    Johnson, un undrafted rookie who played tight end at Marshall, profiles more as a fullback than running back in the NFL. However, the Panthers were already set at that position with incumbent starting FB Mike Tolbert. However, Johnson's injury remains undisclosed, but his release cleared room for the addition of OT Willie Smith.

    (Updated 08/18/2016)
    08/23/16WRCorey BrownShoulderPROBABLEBrown (arm) will not play in Friday's matchup wtih the Patriots, Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer reports.

    Brown left Tuesday's practice with a shoulder injury, and has not resumed since. The 24-year-old receiver currently sits at fourth on the team's depth chart. He caught 31 receptions for 447 yards and four touchdowns in 2015.

    (Updated 08/26/2016)
    08/20/16DBTravell DixonChestQUESTIONABLEDixon left Saturday's preseason matchup with an apparent chest injury and is questionable to return, Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer reports.

    In his NFL debut last week, Dixon tallied three tackles against Baltimore. The Washington product has taken reps at both cornerback and safety for Carolina in the early going, but with a lot of uncertainty surrounding Dixon and his injury, it remains to be seen if he'll be able to squeak onto the roster by preseason's end.

    (Updated 08/20/2016)
    08/18/16WRBrenton BersinRibsPROBABLEBersin (ribs) is currently expected to round out the Panthers' regular season receiving corps, ESPN's David Newton reports.

    Bersin has occupied Carolina's final receiving spot in both of the past two seasons and appears destined to maintain that role once again this term. The local Charlotte product is well-versed in the Panthers' offense, as evidenced by his team-leading five catches for 69 yards in their preseason opener. Although a ribs injury suffered in that game has slowed him since, Bersin provides reliable depth behind Kelvin Benjamin, Devin Funchess, Ted Ginn and Philly Brown, thus making the Panthers' fifth wideout job his to lose.

    (Updated 08/26/2016)
    08/15/16TEGreg OlsenBackPROBABLEOlsen (back spasms) is warming up on the field prior to Friday's preseason game against the Patriots, David Newton of ESPN reports.

    Olsen's status for the game remains unclear, and even if he does suit up, he's unlikely to get as much playing time as the other Panthers starters. He was a full practice participant Wednesday for the first time since the week leading up to Carolina's preseason opener. Olsen did play in that game and catch a pair of passes, so he's already gotten a bit of run this preseason. There doesn't seem to be any question regarding his Week 1 availability.

    (Updated 08/26/2016)
    08/11/16TEEd DicksonGroinPROBABLEDickson (groin) is in uniform and expected to start Friday against the Patriots, David Newton of ESPN reports.

    With Greg Olsen (back) sitting out Friday, Dickson looks to be his replacement at tight end with the first-team offense. Dickson had been battling a groin injury that had sidelined him for the first two preseason games. He only returned to practice Wednesday, so his conditioning may prevent him playing a full allotment of snaps with the starters Friday.

    (Updated 08/26/2016)
    08/11/16DBDean MarloweHamstringPROBABLEMarlowe (hamstring) remains sidelined at practice, Max Henson of Panthers.com reports.

    Marlowe has already missed the team's first two preseason games and has yet to be cleared for a return to the practice field. He remains without a timetable for a return and doesn't appear to be nearing full strength, which is a bit concerning with just two preseason games left on the schedule. Marlowe was originally fighting for a spot in the team's two-deep at safety, but the longer he's out, the further he could tumble down the the depth chart.

    (Updated 08/24/2016)
    08/06/16DLWes HortonWristPROBABLEHorton sprained his wrist during Friday's practice, Panthers writer Bryan Strickland reports.

    It's unclear how Horton suffered the injury, but he'll likely miss at least a couple days. How long he's out is dependent on the severity of the sprain, and can vary from a few days to multiple weeks. Look for Rakim Cox and Larry Webster to see some extra reps as long as Horton is injured.

    (Updated 08/05/2016)
    08/06/16DLLarry WebsterHamstringQUESTIONABLEWebster remains out of practice with a lingering hamstring injury, Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

    Webster pulled his hamstring nearly two weeks ago, so it's a bit concerning that he's still dealing with some lingering pain. He remains without a concrete timetable for a return and appears doubtful for the team's preseason matchup with the Titans on Saturday. Webster is a projected depth option at defensive end for the upcoming season and will need to get back to full strength if he wants to avoid falling any lower on the depth chart.

    (Updated 08/18/2016)
    07/29/16DLStar LotuleleiHamstringPROBABLELotulelei (hamstring) returned to practice Friday, the Charlotte Observer reports.

    Lotulelei sat out team drills during Thursday's session to rest a sore hamstring, but was a full participant just a day later. The imposing defensive tackle has endured his fair share of nagging injuries the past couple seasons, so it's no surprise if the Panthers decide to exercise caution with him on certain occasions this year.

    (Updated 07/29/2016)
    07/28/16DBLeonard JohnsonAchillesOUTJohnson (Achilles) was placed on the Panthers' reserve/NFI list on Monday, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.

    Johnson also began training camp on the active/NFI list after undergoing offseason surgery to repair an Achilles injury suffered last season with the Patriots. Although no timetable was provided for his return, Johnson could theoretically resume playing after the first six weeks of the regular season.

    (Updated 08/30/2016)
    04/25/16LBThomas DavisArmPROBABLEDavis' broken arm is healing well, ESPN.com reports.

    Davis broke his right forearm during the Panthers' NFC Championship victory, but had surgery the next day and played through the subsequent pain just two weeks later in the Super Bowl. While Davis still has a metal plate in his arm and is unable to lift weights at the moment, he's been progressing well in his recovery, which has seen the pain in his arm subside. Although Davis still has to temper his offseason preparations, it appears he's on track to make a full recovery ahead of training camp.

    (Updated 04/25/2016)
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