|Offense||7th||110.0 (14th)||262.6 (5th)|
|Defense||12th||100.0 (13th)||242.6 (16th)|
|26||Bell, Le'Veon||RB||6-1||225||2/18/1992||4||Michigan State|
|4||Berry, Jordan||P||6-5||195||3/18/1991||2||Eastern Kentucky|
|84||Brown, Antonio||WR||5-10||181||7/10/1988||7||Central Michigan|
|25||Burns, Artie||CB||6-0||197||5/1/1995||R||Miami (Fla.)|
|56||Chickillo, Anthony||OLB||6-3||255||12/10/1992||2||Miami (Fla.)|
|67||Finney, B.J.||G||6-4||318||10/26/1991||1||Kansas State|
|54||Fort, L.J.||LB||6-0||232||1/3/1990||2||Northern Iowa|
|24||Gilbert, Justin||DB||6-0||202||11/7/1991||3||Oklahoma State|
|79||Hargrave, Javon||NT||6-1||305||2/7/1993||R||South Carolina State|
|92||Harrison, James||OLB||6-0||242||5/4/1978||14||Kent State|
|81||James, Jesse||TE||6-7||261||6/4/1994||2||Penn State|
|82||Johnson, David||TE||6-2||260||8/26/1987||8||Arkansas State|
|62||Maxey, Johnny||DT||6-5||283||10/19/1993||R||Mars Hill|
|18||Mettenberger, Zach||QB||6-5||224||7/16/1991||3||Louisiana State|
|69||Mihalik, Brian||T||6-9||302||8/21/1992||1||Boston College|
|23||Mitchell, Mike||FS||6-1||221||6/10/1987||8||Ohio U.|
|55||Moats, Arthur||OLB||6-0||246||3/14/1988||7||James Madison|
|45||Nix-Jones, Roosevelt||FB||5-11||248||3/30/1992||2||Kent State|
|7||Roethlisberger, Ben||QB||6-5||240||3/2/1982||13||Miami (Ohio)|
|20||Shabazz, Al-Hajj||DB||6-0||200||8/2/1992||1||West Chester|
|50||Shazier, Ryan||ILB||6-1||230||9/6/1992||3||Ohio State|
|94||Timmons, Lawrence||ILB||6-1||234||5/14/1986||10||Florida State|
|91||Tuitt, Stephon||DE||6-6||303||5/23/1993||3||Notre Dame|
|96||Walton, L.T.||DE||6-5||305||3/31/1992||2||Central Michigan|
|60||Warren, Greg||LS||6-3||252||10/18/1981||12||North Carolina|
|98||Williams, Vince||ILB||6-1||233||12/27/1989||4||Florida State|
|28||Allen, Cortez (IR)||DB||6-1||197||10/29/1988||5||The Citadel|
|Anderson, Kevin (IR)||LB||6-4||244||4/5/1993||R||Stanford|
|Blanchflower, Rob (IR)||TE||6-4||256||6/8/1990||1||Massachusetts|
|27||Golson, Senquez (IR)||CB||5-9||176||7/7/1993||2||Mississippi|
|68||Harris, Ryan (IR)||T||6-5||302||3/11/1985||9||Notre Dame|
|65||Hawkins, Jerald (IR)||T||6-6||305||10/16/1993||R||Louisiana State|
|97||Heyward, Cameron (IR)||DE||6-5||295||5/6/1989||6||Ohio State|
|39||Johnson, Brandon (IR)||RB||6-2||228||4/2/1993||R||Penn State|
|51||Johnson, Steven (IR)||LB||6-1||237||3/28/1988||5||Kansas|
|64||Manhart, Cole (IR)||G||6-4||298||9/25/1992||1||Nebraska-Kearney|
|McCord, Tyriq (IR)||LB||6-3||236||11/6/1993||R||Miami (Fla.)|
|15||Nelson, David (IR)||WR||6-5||215||11/7/1986||6||Florida|
|Rome, Jay (IR)||TE||6-6||254||12/12/1992||R||Georgia|
|83||Severin, Canaan (IR)||WR||6-2||205||3/16/1993||R||Virginia|
|29||Thomas, Shamarko (IR)||SS||5-9||205||2/23/1991||4||Syracuse|
|61||Ume-Ezeoke, Valerian (IR)||C||6-3||295||2/14/1993||1||New Mexico State|
|72||Wallace, Cody (IR)||C||6-4||296||11/26/1984||7||Texas A&M|
|11||Wheaton, Markus (IR)||WR||5-11||189||2/7/1991||4||Oregon State|
|Dixon, Brandon||DB||5-11||203||4/26/1990||2||Northwest Missouri State|
|Johnson, Gus||RB||5-10||215||8/10/1993||1||Stephen F. Austin St.|
|Riddick, Shaquille||LB||6-6||260||3/12/1993||2||West Virginia|
|Tucker, Marcus||WR||5-10||190||6/24/1992||R||Northern Michigan|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
This move is a necessity now that left tackle Ryan Clady is likely lost for the season due to a torn ACL that he sustained in practice on Wednesday.
This move brings Harris back to the organization he started his NFL career with as he played with the Broncos, which drafted him in the third round, from 2007-2010.
Harris was with the Chiefs a year ago and started 15 of the 16 games he appeared in.
Pittsburgh's defense forced two turnovers and held Kansas City to 106 yards of offense in the first half, led by Shazier's fourth interception in as many games. He'll look to keep the streak going against Tom Brady, who threw only two interceptions during the regular season, but was picked off twice in New England's playoff win this week.
Brown hauled in a game-long 52-yard bomb in the first quarter, and also secured a game-clinching seven-yard reception for a first down on the first play following the two-minute warning. With the Chiefs out of timeouts, the Steelers were able to take a knee on the following three plays, clinching their trip to Foxboro for the conference championship. Brown will naturally be a key component of next week's gameplan, and he figures to see plenty of Patriots CB Malcolm Butler, against who he's had success in the past. The Pro Bowler now has 11 receptions on 20 targets for 232 yards and two touchdowns over the first pair of playoff games.
Jones finishes this regular season with 41 tackles (29 solo), including the one sack. He also had two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and an interception. Pittsburgh will next face the Dolphins in the playoffs for the first time since the 1984 AFC championship game.
Chikillo sat out Sunday's game against Kansas City due to his ankle injury and he was limited in practice to start this week. Now that he's practicing in full it would be a surprise to see him held out against the Patriots in the AFC championship game on Sunday.
Tackle Marcus Gilbert and safety Mike Mitchell had tweaks made to their contracts that won't affect their income for the 2015 season. However, the money they were slated to make from their salaries and roster bonuses are being applied as signing bonuses to free up cap space for the upcoming league year.
The restructured signing bonuses will be prorated and affect their cap number for future seasons.
The restructured deals were likely done to help free up money to re-sign linebacker Jason Worilds, linebacker Arthur Moats and cornerback Brice McCain.
Pittsburgh's defense held Miami to 159 total yards in the first half to take a 20-6 lead, before Cockrell left to be evaluated for a concussion. He later returned to second-half action, recording three of his eight tackles.
Mathews was held out of Sunday's win over the Chiefs due to his ankle injury but he appears to be recovered now. He'll likely be able to play in Sunday's AFC championship game, barring any further setbacks.
Playing predominantly on special teams, Fort finished the 2016 season with four tackles (three solo).
Wheaton only played in three games this season, as he never returned from the shoulder aliment he suffered after Week 5's win over the Jets. He'll now be out of commission for at least three months, but could return in time for offseason workouts in April and May. Wheaton is an unrestricted free agent, so it's uncertain where he'll wind up next season, but this injury could deter teams from taking a chance on the wideout.
After recording four sacks in his rookie season, Dupree totaled 4.5 sacks in 2016, despite playing in just seven games. He also recorded 24 tackles (19 solo). He missed Pittsburgh's Week 6 game against Miami, who they'll face in the playoffs for the fourth time in franchise history.
Riddick suffered a torn oblique Aug. 22 and was previously considered questionable for Week 1. However, his full-fledged participation on Wednesday and complete absence from the injury report suggests he's back to full strength and ready to play in the Cardinals' regular season opener Sunday against the Patriots.
Harrison's availability comes as no surprise after logging two full practices earlier in the week. He'll provide depth in the Steelers' pass-rushing attack per usual, while Jarvis Jones and Arthur Moats are slated to start at outside linebacker.
Going without a touch is not unusual for Johnson. He played in all 16 games this season, recording just seven catches on 11 targets for 80 yards. An unrestricted free agent, his role is unlikely to change regardless of whether he returns to Pittsburgh or move on to another team next season.
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.
Gilbert was originally dealing with a shoulder issue earlier in the week, but he's ultimately been scratched from the Steelers' lineup for the wild card round. Expect Sammie Coates and Fitzgerald Toussaint to perform kick-return duties.
The fumble recovery off a James Harrison strip sack inside Pittsburgh's red zone preserved a 20-6 halftime lead from which Miami never recovered. This season, Tuitt was on the field for 73 percent of all defensive snaps (more than any other Steelers' defensive lineman), despite spending the last two games of the regular season on the sideline nursing a sprained knee. He recorded 37 tackles (28 solo), including four sacks this season, which was a bit of a step backwards after totaling 54 tackles (39 solo), including 6.5 sacks in 2015.
Mettenberger was released by the Chargers on Tuesday, but it took all of just one day for him to find a new home in Pittsburgh. The 25-year-old will likely have most of the team's final preseason game Thursday to make a case for the backup quarterback gig. Mettenberger will only have a few days to prove his worth over the likes of Bruce Gradkowski and Landry Jones as Saturday's 53-man roster deadline looms large.
Mitchell is a consistent and reliable defensive presence, playing in every game since joining the Steelers three years ago. He finishes his 2016 campaign with 78 tackles (55 solo), with an interception and a fumble recovery.
Moffitt was a third-round draft pick in 2011 and played two years for Seattle. He was traded to Denver and retired early in the 2013 season.
He was arrested in 2014 on assault and drug charges, which were later dropped.
To make room, the Eagles released undrafted rookie free agent Cole Manhart.
Moats played in all 16 regular season games for the fourth consecutive season, finishing with 21 tackles (nine solo), including 3.5 sacks.
The other players on their injury report submitted Friday are probable. They are wide receivers Martavis Bryant (illness) and Markus Wheaton (groin), linebacker James Harrison (illness), guard Ramon Foster (ankle) and tackle Marcus Gilbert (ankle).
The veteran wideout finished the season on IR and did not play a single snap for the Steelers prior to his release. It's unclear at this point if a team will take a flier on the oft-injured Nelson given that he's played in all of 18 games over the past three seasons, but his 6-foot-5 frame could be intriguing enough for a team to give him a shot in training camp.
The rookie linebacker played in all 16 regular season games, totaling 20 tackles (16 solo). He recorded a career-best nine tackles against Miami, who he'll face in the wild-card game, earlier this season.
Targeted twice, Nix had his first receptions this season, matching his 2015 total. He still has no rushing attempts in his two NFL seasons, a trend that should continue when Pittsburgh hosts Miami in the Wild Card round.
The Steelers jumped out to an early lead, then leaned heavily on Le'Veon Bell, whose 165 rushing yards were the most by a Pittsburgh player in a postseason game, breaking the mark of 158 set by Franco Harris in Super Bowl IX against the Vikings (January 12, 1975). Thus, they didn't need to call on Williams until the final minutes of the game. Bell ran for 144 yards in a 43-14 win over the Chiefs earlier this season, so Williams may not see much action in next week's playoff game either. Serving as Bell's primary back-up this season, Williams totaled 343 yards and four touchdowns on 98 carries, and caught 18 passes for 118 yards and another two scores.
Johnson spent last season on the Dallas practice squad and was waived by the Chargers this past weekend. The Falcons are fairly secure at running back with Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman leading the way, but Johnson will be able to provide some insurance at the position.
Gilliam caught a fake field goal touchdown during the NFC Championship Game for Seattle.
The game is currently pick'em between Seattle and New England.
Wallace's designation will almost certainly end his season, during which he did not step on the field.
Though Bell also missed practice Wednesday, Fowler relays that coach Mike Tomlin indicated that the running back's absence won't affect either his preparation or status for Sunday's AFC Championship game against the Patriots.
Hilton missed the first three days of practice with a non-football injury but returned to the field on Sunday. He'll now look to compete for a spot on the 53-man roster as a reserve cornerback.
Grimble missed Week 17 against Cleveland due to a rib injury, but his absence from the passing game against Miami was more likely the result of the offense running on two-of-three plays (66 percent). Playing 12 games in his rookie season, Grimble totaled 11 receptions on 21 targets for 118 yards and two touchdowns.
This was another solid effort by the rookie safety, helping to lead Pittsburgh to their seventh straight victory after a 4-5 start. Davis finished the season with 70 tackles (55 solo), including 1.5 sacks and two interceptions.
Prior to Sunday, James had never totaled more than 59 yards in a game and, in 27 regular and post season games, had averaged just 15.6 yards. The Steelers will need another big game from him when they head to New England next week, where they have not won since 2008.
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.
Shabazz was added to the roster prior to last week's game against the Colts, but he was taken off it this week to open up a spot for linebacker Brennan Scarlett.
Hamilton was targeted four times, the last being a lob pass from Landry Jones for a score to win in overtime. He finishes the regular season with 17 catches for 234 yards and two touchdowns, the first coming in Week 6 against Miami, who the Steelers will host in the Wild Card playoff game.
Williams finished the regular season with 47 tackles (37 solo). He has been the model of consistency over his four-year career, averaging 47 tackles per season, but he stepped-up his game slightly, recording two sacks after having just a half sack in his previous three seasons.
With Green, who suffered his latest concussion back on Dec. 18, still sidelined, Jesse James is once again in line to continue to head the Steelers' tight end corps Sunday.
Warren joined the Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 2005 and has snapped in 149 regular-season games and 10 postseason games for the team. He appeared in every game for the Steelers in 2014.
Financial terms were not disclosed.
Golson's Lisfranc surgery has been very problematic for him. Originally, Golson was targeting a Week 6 return, but it appears that his uncooperative foot will keep him sidelined for much longer.
The Steelers' defense has allowed an average of just 14 points in two playoff wins, but will face a Patriots' offense that scored 34 points in their win over the Texans. New England, which averaged 27.5 points per game this season, has won four of their last five games against the Steelers, including a 27-16 win in Week 7, and Pittsburgh has never beaten Tom Brady at home; their one win in New England came in 2008 against Matt Cassel.
Big Ben primarily got out of the way and let Le'Veon Bell and his defense handle most of the heavy lifting. That's not to say he didn't have an impact in the victory, however, as Roethlisberger made several impressive throws, including a 52-yard bomb to Antonio Brown and a 26-yard strike to Jesse James down to the Chiefs' five-yard line. His one mistake came when he got a tad greedy on the play following the latter completion, as he reportedly audibled out of a run and subsequently had his pass batted by Frank Zombo at the line and intercepted by Eric Berry. Roethlisberger was mistake-free otherwise, and will likely need a similarly pristine performance in next week's conference championship for the Steelers to have a realistic chance of upending the Patriots on the road. Roethlisberger has now completed 33 of 49 passes for 421 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions over two postseason games.
Boswell appears to be recovered from the illness that forced him to sit out Wednesday's practice session. His illness isn't expected to impact him at all come Sunday's AFC championship game against the Patriots.
Jones made his second start of the season as Pittsburgh rested several key regulars on the offensive side of the ball and connected for scores with three different receivers, including a 26-yard strike to Cobi Hamilton that won the game in overtime. Despite this performance, Jones will merely serve as a backup to Ben Roethlisberger as the team begins its postseason run.
Mihalik was signed by Detroit just two days ago. Mihalik has yet to make his NFL debut.
Pouncey sustained a dislocated thumb in last week's loss to the Ravens that required surgery on Tuesday. However, he remarkably won't miss any time and will instantly slot back in as the Steelers' starting center.
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.
The linebacker hurt his ankle in Sunday's loss to the Cowboys but the team has yet to comment on the specifics of the injury. Johnson has only logged snaps on special teams this season, so the injury should not effect the Steelers' defensive game plan.
The ankle injury that forced Ricardo Mathews from the game resulted in increased defensive snaps for Walton, allowing him to have a personal-best three tackles against Cleveland. He finished with eight tackles (six solo) in 10 games this season.
Coates, who finished up the regular season with 21 catches (on 49 targets) for 435 yards and two TDs in 14 games, displayed some big play ability out of the gate in 2016, but his production has essentially dried up since Week 5, when the wideout logged a 6/132/2 stat line.
Among those waived are: wide receivers Kadron Boone and B.J. Cunningham; tight ends Emil Igwenagu and Blake Annen; offensive lineman Michael Bamiro, Karim Barton and Donald Hawkins; linebacker Jake Knott; defensive backs Daytawion Lowe and Davon Morgan; defensive linemen Joe Kruger, Frances Mays and Alejandro Villanueva; and kicker Carey Spear.
The team still has to make one more cut before Tuesday.
Playing in just his second game of the season, Maxey saw a slight increase in snaps when Ricardo Mathews sustained an ankle injury that forced him out of the game. The tackle was the first of his NFL career.
Feiler is expected to add depth along one of the best offensive lines in the league. Feiler has yet to make his NFL debut.
McCullers had the best game of his three-year career, finishing the season with 17 tackles (10 solo), including the one sack. Pittsburgh hosts Miami, against whom they lost 3015 in Week 6, in the Wild Card round next week.
After averaging over 73 yards in his past three games, Rogers was unable to break free for any significant yardage against a tough Kansas City defense. He's now caught 20 passes on 24 targets in the past four games.
Bryant's agent, Thomas Santanello, confirmed as much Tuesday, yet he added the wideout intends to do so in the next two weeks. Even after he files the requisite paperwork, there's no guarantee that Bryant's suspension will be lifted at the earliest possible date (or mid-March). More than likely, the NFL will take their time to ensure he's completed everything asked of him during his second suspension for a violation of the policy on substances of abuse.
Ayers played in the Steelers' previous two playoff games, and he isn't known to be nursing an injury, so his deactivation Sunday is somewhat surprising. However, he's buried on the depth chart and wouldn't have been worth fantasy consideration anyway.
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