Pittsburgh Steelers

Stadium: Heinz Field | Coach: Mike Tomlin
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense7th110.0 (14th)262.6 (5th)
Defense12th100.0 (13th)242.6 (16th)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
 Adams, Keion LB6-22456/8/1995RWestern Michigan
 Adams, Nelson DT6-32892/16/1994RMississippi State
 Allen, Brian DB6-321510/21/1993RUtah
 Alualu, Tyson DE6-33045/12/19878California
15Ayers, DeMarcus WR5-101907/7/19941Houston
26Bell, Le'Veon RB6-12252/18/19925Michigan State
4Berry, Jordan P6-51953/18/19913Eastern Kentucky
9Boswell, Chris K6-21853/16/19913Rice
84Brown, Antonio WR5-101817/10/19888Central Michigan
 Brown, Christian DT6-2305//RWest Virginia
10Bryant, Martavis WR6-421112/20/19913Clemson
25Burns, Artie CB6-01975/1/19952Miami (Fla.)
56Chickillo, Anthony OLB6-325512/10/19923Miami (Fla.)
14Coates, Sammie WR6-12123/31/19933Auburn
31Cockrell, Ross CB6-01918/6/19914Duke
 Conner, James RB6-22355/5/1995RPittsburgh
 Cooper, Ethan G6-2322//RIndiana
37Dangerfield, Jordan SS5-1019912/25/19902Towson
 Davis, Knile RB5-1022710/5/19915Arkansas
28Davis, Sean SS6-120210/23/19932Maryland
66DeCastro, David G6-53161/11/19906Stanford
 Dixon, Brandon DB5-112034/26/19902Northwest Missouri State
 Dobbs, Joshua QB6-32161/26/1995RTennessee
 Ducre, Greg DB5-101831/22/19922Washington
 Dupree, Bud OLB6-42692/12/19933Kentucky
 Feiler, Matt T6-63307/7/19921Bloomsburg
67Finney, B.J. G6-431810/26/19912Kansas State
 Fort, L.J. LB6-02321/3/19903Northern Iowa
73Foster, Ramon G6-53281/7/19869Tennessee
 Friend, Kyle C6-23054/3/19941Temple
 Galambos, Matt LB6-22403/21/1995RPittsburgh
22Gay, William CB5-101871/1/198511Louisville
77Gilbert, Marcus T6-63302/15/19887Florida
21Golden, Robert SS5-112029/13/19906Arizona
27Golson, Senquez CB5-91767/7/19933Mississippi
89Green, Ladarius (FA) TE6-62405/29/19906Louisiana-Lafayette
85Grimble, Xavier TE6-42619/22/19922USC
 Hagen, Jacob DB6-22053/16/19921Liberty
 Hamilton, Cobi WR6-219711/13/19902Arkansas
79Hargrave, Javon NT6-13052/7/19932South Carolina State
92Harrison, James OLB6-02425/4/197815Kent State
65Hawkins, Jerald T6-630510/16/19932Louisiana State
97Heyward, Cameron DE6-52955/6/19897Ohio State
88Heyward-Bey, Darrius WR6-22102/26/19879Maryland
 Hilton, Mike DB5-91843/9/19941Mississippi
 Holba, Colin LS6-42487/8/1994RLouisville
 Hooks, Lavon DT6-33121/23/1992RMississippi
 Houston, Bart QB6-4216//RWisconsin
74Hubbard, Chris T6-42954/23/19914Alabama-Birmingham
 Hughes, A.J. P6-019812/7/1993RVirginia Tech
 Huguenin, Farrington LB6-42685/8/1992RKentucky
 Hunter, Justin WR6-42035/20/19915Tennessee
81James, Jesse TE6-72616/4/19943Penn State
82Johnson, David TE6-22608/26/19879Arkansas State
51Johnson, Steven LB6-12373/28/19886Kansas
3Jones, Landry QB6-42254/4/19895Oklahoma
 Kallon, Francis DE6-53022/2/1994RGeorgia Tech
 Kelsey, Keith LB6-02333/17/1995RLouisville
44Matakevich, Tyler OLB6-123512/22/19922Temple
90Mathews, Ricardo (FA) DE6-33007/30/19878Cincinnati
 Matthews, Mike C6-23001/27/1994RTexas A&M
62Maxey, Johnny DT6-530310/19/19931Mars Hill
93McCullers-Sanders, Dan NT6-73528/11/19924Tennessee
69Mihalik, Brian T6-93028/21/19922Boston College
 Milton, Keavon T6-43206/23/19902Louisiana-Monroe
23Mitchell, Mike FS6-12216/10/19879Ohio U.
55Moats, Arthur OLB6-02463/14/19888James Madison
45Nix-Jones, Roosevelt FB5-112483/30/19923Kent State
 Odom, Phazahn TE6-82386/8/1994RFordham
 Orndoff, Scott TE6-525312/16/1993RPittsburgh
 Philon, Roy DE6-32913/26/19911Louisville
53Pouncey, Maurkice C6-43047/24/19898Florida
 Rodgers, Jake T6-63209/10/19911Eastern Washington
7Roethlisberger, Ben QB6-52403/2/198214Miami (Ohio)
17Rogers, Eli WR5-1018712/23/19923Louisville
 Sensabaugh, Coty DB5-1118711/15/19886Clemson
83Severin, Canaan WR6-22053/16/19932Virginia
50Shazier, Ryan ILB6-12309/6/19924Ohio State
 Shell, Rushel RB6-02169/7/1993RWest Virginia
 Smith-Schuster, JuJu WR6-222011/22/1996RUSC
 Sutton, Cam CB5-111822/27/1995RTennessee
29Thomas, Shamarko (FA) SS5-92052/23/19915Syracuse
33Toussaint, Fitzgerald RB5-92045/4/19904Michigan
 Tucker, Marcus WR5-101906/24/19921Northern Michigan
91Tuitt, Stephon DE6-63035/23/19934Notre Dame
78Villanueva, Alejandro T6-93209/22/19883Army
72Wallace, Cody (FA) C6-429611/26/19848Texas A&M
96Walton, L.T. DE6-53053/31/19923Central Michigan
60Warren, Greg (FA) LS6-325210/18/198113North Carolina
 Watson, Terrell RB6-12408/22/19931Azusa Pacific
 Watt, T.J. LB6-523511/11/1994RWisconsin
 Webb, Terrish DB5-111709/7/1995RPittsburgh
 Williams, Trey RB5-720012/11/19922Texas A&M
34Williams, DeAngelo (FA) RB5-92074/25/198312Memphis
98Williams, Vince ILB6-123312/27/19895Florida State
Injured Players
28Allen, Cortez (IR) DB6-119710/29/19885The Citadel
39Johnson, Brandon (IR) RB6-22284/2/1993RPenn State
 McCord, Tyriq (IR) LB6-323611/6/1993RMiami (Fla.)
 Rome, Jay (IR) TE6-625412/12/1992RGeorgia
 Stewart, Dez (IR) WR6-22004/18/19931Ohio Dominican
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
Pittsburgh6-5317.26-4305.525.22039
 
 
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Position Listing
James Conner
News
The Steelers selected Conner in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 105th overall.

The Pittsburgh product never had to leave town, and the Steelers get a fine off-the-bench power runner behind starter Le'Veon Bell. It's possible that they could even groom Conner (6-foot-1, 233 pounds) for some fullback looks to get both players on the field at once. Conner overcome Hodgkins lymphoma and a torn MCL from 2015 to return to the field in 2016, and he came back with a leaner build and improved pass-catching skills. Conner doesn't look like a standout talent and won't have much opportunity to produce behind Bell, but he's probably talented enough to produce if Bell should miss any time. Conner finished his Pittsburgh career with 3,733 yards (5.6 YPC) and 52 touchdowns in 39 career games.

Lavon Hooks
News
Hooks signed a contract with the Steelers on Monday.

Hooks, an undrafted player out of Ole Miss entering his third season in the league, participated in the Steelers' training camp last summer but didn't make it past the final roster cuts. He likely won't compete for anything more than a depth role along the defensive line.

Ryan Shazier
News
Shazier's fifth-year option, worth $8.7 million, was picked up by the Steelers on Monday, Ray Fittipaldo of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Shazier has been a consistent playmaker for the Steelers since being selected in the first round of the 2014 draft. He recorded 87 tackles, including 3.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, and nine passes defensed, including three interceptions, while playing in 13 games in 2016. His fifth-year option will keep him under contract with Pittsburgh through the 2018 season.

Mike Matthews
No Updates
Antonio Brown
News
Brown signed a new five-year contract with the Steelers on Monday.

Brown's deal will keep him with the Steelers through the 2021 campaign and includes a four-year extension worth $68 million, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. The timing of the agreement comes as Brown was set to enter the final year of his old contract in 2017. Now secured in Pittsburgh for the long haul, the 28-year-old will aim to remain among the league's elite wide receivers and build on his four straight seasons of at least 105 catches, 1,280 yards, and eight touchdowns this year.

Trey Williams
News
Williams signed with the Steelers on Tuesday, Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

The 24-year-old has had stints with the Patriots, Colts, and Cowboys, but has never been able to find his footing in the league. He'll now hope to secure a reserve spot on the Steelers roster as they head into the offseason.

Anthony Chickillo
News
Chickillo signed a one-year contract with the Steelers on Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Chickillo's resigning helps Pittsburgh fortify it's linebacker depth. The 24-year old linebacker played in 30.2 percent of the team's defensive snaps in 2016 and recorded 29 tackles, including 2.5 sacks, on the season. He'll look to see a slightly increased role in 2017.

Marcus Gilbert
No Updates
Ross Cockrell
News
Cockrell, a restricted free agent, signed his contract tender with the Steelers on Monday, Ray Fittipaldo of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

The deal is for one year and will earn Cockrell roughly $1.97 million. The three-year veteran has started 26 games for the Steelers across the past two seasons and will look to defend his spot on the first-team unit throughout the summer considering 2015 second-rounder Senquez Golson is finally back to full health.

Ricardo Mathews
News
Mathews (ankle) participated fully in Wednesday's practice session.

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.

L.J. Fort
News
Fort failed to record a tackle in the Steelers' 30-12 wild-card win against the Dolphins on Sunday.

Playing predominantly on special teams, Fort finished the 2016 season with four tackles (three solo).

Brandon Johnson
Injury
Bud Dupree
News
Dupree collected seven tackles (five solo), including a sack in the Steelers' 27-24 overtime win against Cleveland on Sunday.

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.

James Harrison
News
Harrison signed a two-year, $3.5 million contract with the Steelers on Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Harrison will turn 39 in May, but the veteran pass rusher hasn't shown many signs of slowing down. He had 50 tackles, including 5.0 sacks, two forced fumbles, and an interception in 2016. He may see a slightly reduced role on defense to keep him fresh, but will likely still be one of the team's starting outside linebackers.

David Johnson
News
Johnson signed a two-year contract with the Steelers on Thursday.

As a backup tight end in Pittsburgh last season, Johnson played in all 16 games and made five starts. He finished the regular season with seven receptions for 80 yards. He'll figure to be a backup once again in 2017 and shouldn't be expected to have much fantasy value.

Jordan Berry
No Updates
Rushel Shell
No Updates
Scott Orndoff
No Updates
Cortez Allen
News
Allen 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.

Injury
Brian Allen
News
The Steelers selected Allen in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 173rd overall.

This looks like a nice pick for Pittsburgh. A huge corner at 6-foot-3, 215 pounds with 34-inch arms, Allen ran a 4.48-second 40 at the Combine while logging a superb 6.64-second three-cone drill. If he can't stick at corner, Allen should make a worthwhile safety project for Pittsburgh.

Farrington Huguenin
No Updates
Stephon Tuitt
News
Tuitt had surgery on his hand and is not practicing during OTAs, Ed Bouchette of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazzette reports.

Tuitt's hand injury isn't expected to limit him once the regular season rolls around. While he won't practice with the team during OTAs, he's expected to be back during training camp.

Injury
Hand - Questionable for the start of training camp
David DeCastro
No Updates
Coty Sensabaugh
News
Sensabaugh (ankle) signed a two-year contract with the Steelers on Monday.

Sensabaugh averaged about 42 tackles while making 27 starts for the Titans over his first four seasons, but then split time between the Rams and Giants last year. In joining the Steelers, the 28-year-old Sensabaugh figures to compete for the team's nickel cornerback job.

Mike Mitchell
News
Mitchell recorded eight tackles (seven solo) and a fumble recovery in the Steelers' 27-24 overtime win against Cleveland on Sunday.

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.

Ethan Cooper
No Updates
Colin Holba
No Updates
Arthur Moats
News
Moats had one tackle in Pittsburgh's 30-12 wild-card win against Miami on Sunday.

Moats played in all 16 regular season games for the fourth consecutive season, finishing with 21 tackles (nine solo), including 3.5 sacks.

Ramon Foster
No Updates
Tyler Matakevich
News
Matakevich had two tackles (both solo) in Pittsburgh's 27-24 overtime win against Cleveland on Sunday.

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.

Cam Sutton
News
The Steelers selected Sutton in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 94th overall.

Sutton didn't show good athleticism at the Combine, running a 4.52-second 40-yard dash and posting a 34-inch vertical at 5-foot-11, 188 pounds, but he was a standout corner at Tennessee and should provide useful depth.

Roosevelt Nix-Jones
News
Nix caught two passes for five yards in the Steelers' overtime win against the Browns on Sunday.

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.

DeAngelo Williams
News
Williams could still re-sign with the Steelers if he decides to play another season, ESPN.com reports.

The 33-year-old unrestricted free agent hasn't commented on whether he plans to continue playing, but he also hasn't hinted toward any intention of retiring. Coming off an injury-plagued season in which he averaged only 3.5 yards per carry in nine games, Williams doesn't seem to be drawing much attention from other teams. The Steelers recently signed Knile Davis to boost their backfield depth, but the new addition doesn't necessarily preclude Williams from returning, as Davis owns a career YPC of just 3.2 and has done his best work as a kick returner. Should he ultimately return to Pittsburgh for another season, Williams would mostly have value as a handcuff for Le'Veon Bell owners. However, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette believes Williams is unlikely to re-sign.

Jay Rome
Injury
Keavon Milton
No Updates
Keion Adams
No Updates
Canaan Severin
News
Severin signed with the Steelers on Wednesday, Teresa Varley of Steelers.com reports.

Severin, who was released by the Steelers earlier in the month, will be brought back for the time being after spending his rookie season on injured reserve. He'll be a long shot to make the team's final roster, as he's currently positioned well outside of Pittsburgh's top six options at receiver.

Cody Wallace
Injury
Knee - Questionable for the start of training camp
No Updates
Le'Veon Bell
News
Steelers 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.

Injury
Groin - Questionable for the start of training camp
Mike Hilton
News
Hilton (undisclosed) passed his physical on Sunday and is no longer on the PUP list, Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union reports.

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.

Phazahn Odom
No Updates
Fitzgerald Toussaint
News
Toussaint signed a one-year exclusive rights contract with the Steelers on Tuesday, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN reports.

Toussaint played in just 4.2 percent of Pittsburgh's offensive snaps in 2016, as Le'Veon Bell and Deangelo Williams handled the vast majority of the running back duties. Toussaint did see significant time on special teams, occasionally seeing return opportunities on kickoffs. He'll look to continue his role on special teams and possibly earn some added reps on offense in 2017.

T.J. Watt
News
The Steelers selected Watt in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 30th overall.

He's not his brother J.J., but the younger Watt obviously carries very good athletic pedigree in his own right, even if it's at another position. That the Steelers picked him would seem to indicate they view him as an outside linebacker in their 3-4. He posted 11.5 sacks and 15.5 tackles for loss in a dominant Wisconsin defense last year, and he cemented his status as a first-round pick by testing well with a 4.69-second 40, 37-inch vertical, 128-inch broad jump and elite agility drills at the Combine.

Justin Hunter
News
Hunter has signed with the Steelers, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

A 2013 second-round selection, Hunter never emerged as a consistent threat in Tennessee, ultimately getting released at the end of last preseason. He then caught on with a receiver-needy Buffalo squad, yet caught only 10 passes for 189 yards and four touchdowns in 12 games. Hunter's size (6-foot-4, 203 pounds) could make him an occasional deep-ball/red-zone target, but he'll probably have to fight for a roster spot as a depth receiver in Pittsburgh.

Joshua Dobbs
News
The Steelers selected Dobbs in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 135th overall.

Dobbs (6-foot-3, 216 pounds) is a great athlete and verified genius with lots of starting experience, and he has the tools to make for an interesting developmental project behind Ben Roethlisberger. While his downfield accuracy was quite strong by the end of his Tennessee career, Dobbs never showed the natural ability to read defenses that you'd like to see in a quarterback. If his experiment at quarterback doesn't go well, Dobbs has the athleticism to transition to receiver.

Nelson Adams
No Updates
Darrius Heyward-Bey
News
Heyward-Bey (illness) failed to catch either of his two targets in Sunday's 36-17 AFC championship game loss to the Patriots.

The veteran speedster was targeted deep on the two passes he saw -- including one in the end zone -- but Ben Roethlisberger misfired on both occasions. In relatively desperate need of offense after Le'Veon Bell exited early with a groin injury and with Tom Brady and his receivers hitting on all cylinders, the Steelers still curiously opted to primarily rely on the young and inexperienced trio of Eli Rogers, Cobi Hamilton and Sammie Coates alongside Antonio Brown as the principal wideout options. Heyward-Bey appeared to only receive a handful of snaps despite his play-making ability, a strangely fitting end to a disappointing 2016 campaign. The former first-round pick tallied the second-lowest reception (six) and yardage (114) totals of his career while appearing in a career-low 10 games. Although he has two seasons remaining on his current contract at a modest yearly cap hit of approximately $1.3 million, Heyward-Bey's status for next season likely hinges on the continued development of Rogers, Hamilton, Coates and DeMarcus Ayers, as well as the potential return of Martavis Bryant (suspension).

Knile Davis
News
Davis signed with the Steelers on Monday.

Davis joins Pittsburgh after a season in which he was traded from the Chiefs to the Packers, then rejoined Kansas City after being waived by both Green Bay and the Jets. A third-round pick in 2013, Davis has long drawn intrigue for his combination of size and speed, but his career average of 3.2 yards per rush on 250 carries tells the real story of his ability. Although DeAngelo Williams' status as a free agent leaves an opening behind Le'Veon Bell (groin) in the Steelers' high-powered offense, Davis' lack of recent production is something fantasy owners shouldn't overlook.

Xavier Grimble
News
Grimble could see an uptick in snaps and targets as a result of Ladarius Green (concussion) being released, PennLive.com's Lauren Kirschman reports

Jesse James was the obvious beneficiary when Green was unavailable last season, making 13 starts in 16 games and catching 39 of 60 targets for 338 yards (8.7 per catch) and three touchdowns. While his blocking ability makes him a clear favorite to reprise the starting role, James can't provide the kind of downfield threat presented by Green, who produced 16.9 yards per catch on his 19 receptions last season. Grimble wasn't exactly a big-play threat last year -- averaging 10.7 yards on 11 catches -- but he does have the potential to fill a niche that's closer to what the Steelers hoped to get out of Green. It's thus possible Grimble will replace James in obvious passing situations, which could even out the distribution of targets between the two. Such a situation would prevent both players from achieving fantasy relevance in a Pittsburgh offense that figures to heavily rely on its wide receivers and Le'Veon Bell in the passing game.

JuJu Smith-Schuster
News
The Steelers selected Smith-Schuster in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 62nd overall.

Smith-Schuster was a bit smaller (6-foot-1, 215 pounds) and slower (4.54-second 40) than expected at the Combine, but his prospect profile is still highly encouraging due to his exceptional production at USC. A strong, innately skilled pass catcher, Smith-Schuster was especially remarkable in 2015, when he turned 138 targets into 1,454 yards and 10 touchdowns despite not turning 19 until late November that year. If Martavis Bryant faces any further complications, Smith-Schuster has the talent to lay claim to the WR2 role in Pittsburgh.

Sean Davis
News
Davis had his shoulder operated on during the offseason, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN reports.

It's unclear when Davis had surgery or what the exact issue was, but he's expected to return in time for training camp. When he's back, he'll likely return to his role as a starting safety alongside Mike Mitchell.

Injury
Shoulder - Questionable for the start of training camp
Matt Galambos
No Updates
Tyson Alualu
News
The Steelers have signed Alualu, the team's official site reports.

Alualu, who the Jaguars made the 10th pick overall in the 2010 NFL draft, bolsters the Steelers' defensive line depth, with his ability to play both tackle and end an asset in that regard. In 14 games last season, the 6-foot-3, 304-pound Alualu -- who turns 30 in May -- recorded 37 tackles and 2.5 sacks.

Jesse James
News
James is slated to be the clear-cut No. 1 option at tight end for the Steelers in 2017 after they released veteran Ladarius Green (concussion) on Thursday, ESPN's Adam Caplan reports.

James is cemented atop the depth chart at tight end in Pittsburgh at this point, while the Steelers' front office was forced to let Green walk following a failed physical. Green only appeared in six games last season, so James became comfortable with the first-team offense during his sophomore campaign as he racked up 39 catches for 338 yards and three touchdowns on 60 targets. He'll be backed up by second-year TE Xavier Grimble, who now figures to be in line for an increase in volume after seeing just 21 balls thrown his way as a rookie.

Javon Hargrave
News
Hargrave (concussion) wasn't listed on the Steelers' injury report Wednesday.

Hargrave was forced to sit out a bit in Week 17 to be tested for a concussion but in the end he was cleared and it won't force him to miss any time going forward. He'll be expected to start in Sunday's game against Miami.

Cameron Heyward
News
Heyward (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.

Injury
Pectoral - Questionable for the start of training camp
Robert Golden
News
Golden (ankle) was a full participant at practice Wednesday.

Golden sat out the Steelers' past two games due to his ankle injury but he appears to be recovered now and will likely be able to return for the divisional round game against the Chiefs on Sunday.

Cobi Hamilton
News
Hamilton will return to the Steelers on a one-year contract in 2017, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports.

Hamilton is set to rejoin the Steelers after beginning the season as a free agent. He finished the regular season with 17 receptions for 234 yards and two touchdowns and added another score in the AFC Championship loss to the Patriots. Although he made the most of his limited opportunities, Hamilton is far from a lock to have a significant role in the upcoming season as he'll have to battle Darrius Heyward-Bey, Eli Rogers, and Sammie Coates for targets behind Antonio Brown. There's also the potential added competition should the Steelers add a wide receiver in the draft.

Vince Williams
News
Williams totaled two tackles (both solo) in the Steelers' 30-12 playoff win against the Dolphins on Sunday.

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.

Francis Kallon
No Updates
Greg Ducre
News
The Chargers listed running back Ryan Mathews and wide receiver Keenan Allen as inactive for Week 17’s game against the Chiefs.

Mathews is nursing an ankle injury, while Allen is suffering from an ankle and shoulder injury.

Other players listed as inactive included Mike Scifres, Damion Square, Greg Ducre, Ryan Carrethers and Cordarro Law .

Christian Brown
No Updates
Jake Rodgers
News
Rodgers was released by the Panthers on Tuesday, Max Henson of Panthers.com reports.

The Panthers' roster now sits at 86 after Tuesday's round of cuts. Rodgers was one of two offensive tackles released Tuesday as the Panthers also cut Jordan Rigsbee. Carolina added a potential starter at tackle in last week's draft by spending a second round selection on Western Michigan's Taylor Moton.

Marcus Tucker
No Updates
Ladarius Green
News
Green (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.

Injury
Concussion - Questionable for the start of training camp
Greg Warren
No Updates
B.J. Finney
No Updates
William Gay
News
Gay recorded five tackles (four solo) in the Steelers' overtime win against the Browns on Sunday.

The 2016 season was almost an exact repeat of 2015 for Gay, who again finished with exactly 58 tackles, including one sack, and one interception.

Terrell Watson
News
Watson signed a contract with the Steelers on Thursday.

In one game with the Eagles last season, Watson had 28 rushing yards and a touchdown on nine carries. He'll look to catch on as a depth running back and special teams player with Pittsburgh in 2017.

Senquez Golson
News
Golson (foot) has been "cleared 100 percent" to participate in team activities, Creg Stephenson of AL.com reports.

Despite entering the league as a second-round pick in 2015, injuries have prevented Golson from appearing in any NFL games to this point. With his latest ailment -- a Lisfranc injury suffered in training camp last summer -- behind him, the Ole Miss product can now focus on working his way up the depth chart.

Tyriq McCord
Injury
Artie Burns
News
Burns collected two tackles (both solo) and a fumble recovery in Pittsburgh's 18-16 playoff win over Kansas City.

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.

A.J. Hughes
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Bart Houston
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Ben Roethlisberger
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Roethlisberger tweeted Friday that he's informed the Steelers of his intention to return for the 2017 season.

Roethlisberger was always anticipated to continue playing, despite stating in January that he was unsure over his future after the Steelers were eliminated from the playoffs. Although he recently turned 35 years old and has a lengthy history of playing through pain, Roethlisberger remains one of the league's very best quarterbacks, evidenced by his 3,819 passing yards and 29 touchdowns versus 13 interceptions last season. Roethlisberger missed one game along the way due to meniscus surgery and was rested for Pittsburgh's regular-season finale, but in entering the 2017 campaign fully healthy, he'll look to pick up where he left off as the leader of arguably the league's most electric offense.

Chris Boswell
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Boswell made his lone field-goal (23 yards) and missed his only extra-point attempt in Pittsburgh's 36-17 AFC championship loss to New England.

Just one week removed from setting an NFL playoff record with six field-goals, Boswell was a non-factor, going the entire second half of the game without an opportunity to put points on the board.

Jordan Dangerfield
News
Dangerfield recorded one tackle in the Steelers' 30-12 wild-card win against the Dolphins on Sunday.

The rookie safety played mostly on special teams, and finished the regular season with 16 tackles (five solo).

Landry Jones
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Jones signed a two-year contract with the Steelers on Thursday, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Jones has proven to be a quality backup for Pittsburgh the past few years, starting two games in place of Ben Roethlisberger in 2015 and 2016. Jones can a decent short-term fantasy option in the event that Roethlisberger is forced to miss any games due to injury in 2017.

Chris Hubbard
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Brian Mihalik
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Maurkice Pouncey
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Shamarko Thomas
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Thomas (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.

Injury
Concussion - Questionable for the start of training camp
Steven Johnson
News
Johnson (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.

Injury
Ankle - Questionable for the start of training camp
L.T. Walton
News
Walton had three tackles (all solo) in the Steelers' 27-24 overtime win on Sunday.

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.

Sammie Coates
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Second-round selection JuJu Smith-Schuster will join a Pittsburgh receiving corps that already had 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-Revew 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.

Injury
Hand - Questionable for the start of training camp
Jerald Hawkins
Injury
Shoulder - Questionable for the start of training camp
No Updates
Keith Kelsey
No Updates
Kyle Friend
No Updates
Alejandro Villanueva
No Updates
Terrish Webb
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Jacob Hagen
No Updates
Johnny Maxey
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Maxey recorded one tackle (solo) in Pittsburgh's 27-24 overtime win against Cleveland on Sunday.

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.

Brandon Dixon
News
Buccaneers running backs Doug Martin (ankle) and Charles Sims (ankle) headline the Week 9 inactives for Sunday in Cleveland. Also injured and out are linebacker Brandon Magee (knee) and tackle Anthony Collins (foot).

The healthy scratches are cornerback Brandon Dixon and guard Kadeem Edwards.

Matt Feiler
No Updates
Dan McCullers-Sanders
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McCullers totaled five tackles (three solo), including a sack in the Steelers' 27-24 overtime win against Cleveland on Sunday.

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.

Eli Rogers
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Rogers totaled 66 yards on seven receptions in the Steelers' 36-17 loss to the Patriots on Sunday.

Rogers led all Pittsburgh receivers with 10 targets, but also lost a fumble after a five-yard catch, leading to a New England touchdown. Still, he should enter camp next season as the favorite to start opposite Antonio Brown.

Roy Philon
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Philon (ankle) signed a contract with the Steelers on Monday.

Philon was in Pittsburgh for training camp last summer but was waived after sustaining an unspecified ankle injury. However, he avoided placement on injured reserve after reaching an injury settlement with the team. Given the abundance of defensive lineman still under contract with the Steelers in 2017, Philon likely won't compete for anything more than a reserve role this summer.

Martavis Bryant
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Bryant practiced with his teammates Tuesday for the first time in 16 months, ESPN.com's Jeremy Fowler reports.

Bryant apparently made enough progress on the terms of his conditional reinstatement to gain clearance for the beginning of OTAs. He still needs to complete his league-administered plan before being cleared for a regular-season game, but it sounds as if he has everything in place to succeed, fully understanding that this is his last chance to make it work in the NFL. Bryant said he's now been sober for a full year, and he used that time to fill out a once-wiry frame while training and attending a rehab facility in Nevada. He's all the way up to a muscular 225 pounds as he rejoins a receiving corps that includes Antonio Brown, Eli Rogers, Sammie Coates and second-round rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster. While there's significant competition for targets at the position, there should still be plenty of room for Bryant to thrive, as Pittsburgh will need a lot out of its wideouts following the release of tight end Ladarius Green (concussion). Bryant is already getting some first-team reps alongside Brown.

Dez Stewart
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Stewart (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.

Injury
Undisclosed - Questionable for the start of training camp
DeMarcus Ayers
News
Ayers 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.

Injury
Abdomen - Questionable for the start of training camp
 

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