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    Defensive Matchup

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  • Pittsburgh Injuries
    DatePosPlayerInjuryNFL StatusFantasy News
    04/27/16RBLe'Veon BellKneeQUESTIONABLEBell -- who tore his MCL in Week 8 of the 2015 season -- is pleased with the work he has been doing of late with Owens Recovery Science, ESPN.com reports.

    Per the report, Owens "focuses on maintaining muscles around a rehabbing knee using a treatment called blood flow restriction." Though Bell's injury rehab appears to be progressing in the right direction, at this stage the Steelers don't have a precise timetable for the running back's return, but Bell does hopes to be back in time to be ready for Week 1 of the upcoming season.

    (Updated 04/17/2016)
    04/27/16DBSenquez GolsonShoulderPROBABLEThe Steelers made a slew of roster moves Monday, including placing offensive tackle Mike Adams on the PUP list to begin the season.
    04/27/16TELadarius GreenAnklePROBABLEGreen, who underwent ankle surgery following the 2015 season, expects to be ready in advance of training camp, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    Green dealt with some ankle issues last season, but the situation was addressed by the procedure. The Steelers put the tight end through a physical before inking him to a four-year, $20 million deal, so evidently there's no real injury concerns on their part. In any case, Green fills a big need for the Steelers at the tight end position following the retirement of Heath Miller, who caught 60 passes for the team in 2015. While Miller -- a long-time fixture in the Pittsburgh offense -- isn't an easy act to follow, Green is viewed as a player with untapped potential, after having worked behind Antonio Gates in San Diego over the past four seasons.

    (Updated 03/10/2016)
    04/27/16DBMike MitchellShoulderPROBABLEMitchell confirmed Friday that he's had surgery on his left shoulder and left hand this offseason, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

    Mitchell has been afflicted by injury throughout his two seasons with the Steelers, but no DNPs dot his game log during that stretch. In 2015, he racked up a career-high 80 tackles (58 solo), while contributing three interceptions, two forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries. It's unclear if he'll be ready for the start of the offseason program in April, but his availability for the 2016 season doesn't appear to be in peril.

    (Updated 02/19/2016)
    04/27/16KShaun SuishamKneeQUESTIONABLESuisham (knee) will have to fend off competition for the Steelers' kicking job, Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

    Susiham suffered a torn ACL in his non-kicking knee in August, causing him to miss the entire 2015 season. Rookie replacement Chris Boswell filled in more than capably, converting 36 of his 39 field-goal attempts and 27 of his 28 extra-point attempts between the regular season and playoffs. Suisham was excellent from 2012 to 2014, so he should at least have the opportunity to win back his job. Even if Boswell wins the battle, Suisham might find a landing spot with a different team.

    (Updated 02/16/2016)
    03/14/16WRMartavis 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
    04/27/16WRKelvin BenjaminKneePROBABLEBenjamin (knee) expects to be a full participant in training camp this season, The Associated Press reports.

    Benjamin is still working his way back from the torn ACL he suffered in training camp last year, but seems poised to be 100 percent by the time camp rolls around this year. Although he's still limited in some of his offseason workouts, Benjamin expects to be a full participant this summer, which would enable the Panthers to fully incorporate their No. 1 wideout back into their offense.

    (Updated 04/25/2016)
    04/27/16DBBene' BenwikereLegPROBABLEBenwikere suffered a lower leg fracture during Sunday's game against the Falcons, ruling him out for the remainder of this season.

    Benwikere's injury raises a significant concern for the Panthers' secondary, as he not only started Carolina's past four games at outside cornerback, but he's also proven to be an excellent nickelback. With such versatility, the second-year Benwikere registered 59 tackles, nine passes defended and one sack this season. With veteran Charles Tillman (knee) sidelined recently, the Panthers may be in the market for further help to their secondary this week.

    (Updated 12/14/2015)
    04/27/16WRCorey BrownConcussionPROBABLEBrown left the Super Bowl with a concussion and will not return, according to CBS' broadcast of the game.

    Brown suffered his injury in the third quarter and was ruled out for good early in the fourth. He finished with four catches for 80 yards on seven targets, highlighted by an impressive 42-yard reception over two defenders. Brown's absence leaves the team with just three wide receivers -- Ted Ginn, Devin Funchess and Jerricho Cotchery.

    (Updated 02/07/2016)
    04/27/16LBThomas 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)
    04/27/16WRStephen HillKneeQUESTIONABLEThe Panthers have re-signed Hill (knee) to a one-year deal.

    Hill, who would have become a restricted free agent otherwise, will now look to make his mark in the Carolina passing offense in 2016, but first he'll need to re-prove his health after missing last season after having suffered a torn ACL in training camp.

    (Updated 03/07/2016)
    04/27/16LBLuke KuechlyShoulderPROBABLEKuechly is on pace for a return after getting rid of the sling that aided in the immediate recovery from surgery on the partially torn labrum in his left shoulder, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports. "It's going to be a gradual process," Kuechly said. "Once everybody gets back I'll be able to do some stuff, but they are going to alter and modify what I can do. We have time so we might as well use the time."

    Kuechly suffered the ailment in the regular season finale but missed no time thereafter, whether it was practice or in game, and he proceeded to make history, returning an interception for a touchdown in back-to-back playoff games. In addition to the game-breaking plays against the Seahawks and Cardinals, he totaled 29 tackles, one sack, and one fumble recovery during the Panthers' three-game postseason run. As he proceeds through rehabilitation, Kuechly noted that he's avoiding weight-bearing exercises in favor of more cardio, namely "bike stuff and lower body stuff."

    (Updated 04/03/2016)
 
 
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