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
05/13/17WRDez StewartUndisclosedQUESTIONABLEStewart (undisclosed) was released from the Steelers' injured reserve list after reaching an injury settlement with the team.

Stewart signed a reserve/future contract back in January but was waived/injured during the first week of May. After clearing waivers, he reverted to the Steelers' injured reserve but is now set to hit the free-agent market after reaching an injury settlement.

(Updated 05/12/2017)
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 CoatesHandQUESTIONABLESecond-round selection JuJu Smith-Schuster will join a Pittsburgh receiving corps that already included Coates (hand, groin), Martavis Bryant, Eli Rogers, DeMarcus Ayers, Cobi Hamilton and Darrius Heyward-Bey, in addition to superstar Antonio Brown, Chris Adamski of The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

With Bryant reinstated from his year-long suspension, Coates was already looking at a slide down the depth chart to the No. 4 or 5 spot. The addition of Smith-Schuster leaves Coates in an even more tenuous position, possibly needing to compete with Ayers, Hamilton, Heyward-Bey, Justin Hunter and a few others for what likely would be one or two roster spots. The 2015 third-round selection displayed his big-play ability early last season when he caught six passes of 40-plus yards in the first five games -- but he only hauled in two of 18 targets the rest of the year while dealing with a hand injury that exacerbated his pre-existing struggles with drops. Bryant, when available, has provided a similar deep threat without the maddening inconsistency.

(Updated 04/30/2017)
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) wants to sign with a new team and play this season, ESPN.com's Jeremy Fowler reports.

Signed to a four-year, $20 million contract last offseason, Green was released by the Steelers on Thursday after failing a physical. He's apparently still dealing with symptoms from last season's concussion, which was at least the third significant head injury of his pro career. Green also dealt with ankle injuries each of the past three seasons, with the most recent one requiring major surgery last offseason and leading to an eight-game absence to start the 2016 campaign. He should draw interest from quite a few teams if he's eventually able to pass a physical, as his career marks of 14.6 yards per catch and 9.0 yards per target are top-notch for a tight end. Green only has eight touchdowns in 53 games through five seasons, but he's shown a penchant for scoring from distance that's rare at his position, with seven of those TDs spanning 19 or more yards. The Steelers, meanwhile, are left with Jesse James and Xavier Grimble at the top of the depth chart at tight end.

(Updated 05/21/2017)
 

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