Pittsburgh Steelers

Stadium: Heinz Field | Coach: Mike Tomlin
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense7th110.0 (14th)262.6 (5th)
Defense12th100.0 (13th)242.6 (16th)
Injuries
DatePosPlayerInjuryNFL StatusFantasy News
02/15/17WRDeMarcus AyersAbdomenQUESTIONABLEAyers underwent core-muscle surgery on Tuesday according to DKPittsburghSports.com, reporter Mark Kaboly.

The procedure, which was performed on both sides of his legs, is more commonly known as sports-hernia surgery, and has an estimated recovery time of two months. After spending most of the 2016 season on the practice squad, Ayers will compete for a spot on the 53-man roster next season.

(Updated 02/08/2017)
01/27/17LBKevin AndersonUndisclosedQUESTIONABLEAnderson spent the year on injured reserve due to an undisclosed injury.

Anderson signed with the Steelers as an undrafted rookie in the offseason. He was waived with an injury designation in July and placed on IR after clearing waivers. He'll look to make the team as a depth player in 2017.

(Updated 01/26/2017)
01/27/17WRSammie CoatesHandQUESTIONABLECoates (hand) revealed he has undergone groin surgery this offseason, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Coates' well-documented hand surgery has been the focus of his offseason activity thus far, but it appears he's been dealing with a lower-body ailment as well. It isn't clear when he went under the knife, but this latest procedure only complicates the receiver's timeline for a return. At this point, Coates appears truly questionable to be ready for the start of team workouts in April.

(Updated 02/13/2017)
01/27/17WRCanaan SeverinUndisclosedQUESTIONABLESeverin spent the 2016 season on injured reserve with an undisclosed injury.

Severin was waived by the Steelers with an injury designation in August and was placed on IR after he cleared waivers. He'll look to stay healthy and catch on with Pittsburgh as a depth receiver in 2017.

(Updated 01/26/2017)
01/26/17DBSenquez GolsonFootQUESTIONABLEThe Steelers are apprehensive about Golson's (foot) status for the 2017 season, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Golson hasn't appeared in a single game since being picked by the Steelers in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft. He had Lisfranc surgery on his foot in August and ended the 2016 season on injured reserve. He'll continue to work on rehabbing his injury in the hopes of making his debut at some point during the 2017 campaign.

(Updated 02/16/2017)
01/26/17DLCameron HeywardPectoralQUESTIONABLEHeyward (pectoral) is facing a six-month recovery for his injury, Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Heyward, arguably the Steelers' best defensive player up front, was placed on injured reserve Saturday. His six-month recovery time places his expected return near the beginning of 2017's training camp. In the meantime, look for Ricardo Mathews to take over for Heyward at defensive end in Pittsburgh 3-4 scheme.

(Updated 11/22/2016)
01/26/17LBSteven JohnsonAnkleQUESTIONABLEJohnson (ankle) signed a one-year contract with the Steelers on Wednesday, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Johnson ended his 2016 campaign on injured reserve with an ankle injury. He'll be looking to secure a depth linebacker position in 2017.

(Updated 02/15/2017)
01/26/17DBShamarko ThomasConcussionQUESTIONABLEThomas (concussion) was placed on injured reserve Sunday.

Thomas will be shut down after missing the past three games with a concussion. The Steelers promoted CB Al-Hajj Shabazz from the practice squad to take his place on the active roster.

(Updated 12/25/2016)
01/26/17WRMarkus WheatonShoulderQUESTIONABLEWheaton (shoulder) received $5 million guaranteed on the two-year, $11 million deal he signed with Chicago, Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

It's a surprisingly strong contract for a player who caught just four passes in three games during an injury-plagued 2016 season -- a year that many expected to serve as his breakout campaign. Wheaton did turn 79 targets into 44 catches for 749 yards (9.5 YPT) and five touchdowns the previous season while mostly serving as Pittsburgh's No. 3 wideout behind Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant. Wheaton never quite emerged as a consistent second option behind Brown when given the chance, but the speedy 26-year-old might still have a bit of untapped upside. He'll be paid like a high-end No. 3 receiver -- as will fellow free-agent acquisition Kendall Wright, who signed a one-year, $4 million contract Saturday. With Cameron Meredith and injury-plagued Kevin White (fibula) projecting as the starters, Wheaton may end up battling Wright for the No. 3 role. Wheaton said he expects to be ready for the start of the team's offseason program in April.

(Updated 03/12/2017)
01/23/17RBLe'Veon BellGroinQUESTIONABLESteelers general manager Kevin Colbert said the team does not have a rehab timetable for Bell (groin), The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Gerry Dulac reports. "Our goal is to have [Bell] 100 percent for the 2017 season," Colbert said.

Bell had surgery March 13 to repair the core muscle injury that left him sidelined for most of the AFC championship game. He also received the Steelers' franchise tag earlier this offseason, with the two sides hoping to reach a long-term agreement while Bell recovers from his surgery. There's still plenty of time before the July 15 deadline, and Bell's rehab process isn't expected to interfere with his Week 1 availability. While the current injury shouldn't have too much impact on negotiations, the Steelers can't ignore that their star running back has missed 20 out of a possible 70 games since entering the league in 2013.

(Updated 03/26/2017)
01/23/17TELadarius GreenConcussionQUESTIONABLEGreen (concussion) is aiming to return in time for the offseason program, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports. "I expect to come back," Green said recently.

Green's debut with the Steelers didn't take place until Week 10 last season due to an elongated recovery from offseason ankle surgery. Boasting three catches for 30 yards after two games, he came to life over the next four outings, recording one 100-yard performance and averaging a whopping 18.3 YPC on his 15 receptions. However, yet another concussion kept him on the sideline for the final five contests, including the entirety of Pittsburgh's three-game postseason push. Considering his recent comments, Green is confident that he'll be a participant in the offseason program, but his progression through the NFL's protocol for head injuries will determine his upcoming workload.

(Updated 03/18/2017)
07/29/16WRMartavis BryantSuspensionSUSPENDBryant (suspension) could be reinstated by the NFL soon, ESPN.com reports.

Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary of Bryant's season-long suspension for repeated violations of the NFL's substance abuse policy. He applied for reinstatement in January, and while there's no reason to think his request will be denied, the NFL often takes a few weeks to finalize these matters while ensuring the player has met all the agreed upon terms. The Steelers have stood by Bryant throughout this process, hoping he can re-emerge as an ideal No. 2 receiver next to the smaller Antonio Brown. The 25-year-old has 76 receptions for 1,314 yards (17.3 YPR) and 14 touchdowns in only 21 career regular-season games, with 10 of his catches (13.2 percent) going for 40 or more yards. Bryant reportedly put on 15 pounds while working out in Nevada during the 2016 season. It sounds like it's mostly good weight, but if not, he'll have plenty of time to shed some pounds before training camp.

(Updated 03/14/2017)
 

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