Vance McDonald

#89 TE / Pittsburgh Steelers / EXP: 5YRS Height: 6-4 Weight: 267 lb Age: 27 College: Rice Bye 9

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  • McDonald (shoulder) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Patriots after not practicing all week. The absence of McDonald ensures that fellow tight end Jesse James should be busy Sunday, but James will nonetheless be hard-pressed to approach his Week 14 production, after catching 10 of his 12 targets for 97 yards in the Steelers' 39-38 win over the Ravens -- a game that saw QB Ben Roethlisberger pass for 506 yards.

  • McDonald didn't practice Wednesday due to a shoulder issue. In his return from a three-game absence due to an ankle injury in Sunday's 39-38 win over the Ravens, McDonald hauled in four of his six targets for 52 yards while playing 35 of a possible 89 offensive snaps. That said, Jesse James was the more productive Pittsburgh tight end in the shootout, catching 10 of his 12 targets for 97 yards. As long as James is in the mix, McDonald is only worth a look in deeper fantasy formats if he can shake off the shoulder issue in time for the Week 15 matchup with the Patriots.

  • Steelers' Vance McDonald: Four catches in win
    By RotoWire Staff

    McDonald caught four of six targets for 52 yards in Pittsburgh's 39-38 win over Baltimore on Sunday. This was his best game since joining the Steelers, and the tandem of McDonald and Jesse James combined for 14 receptions and 149 yards against a Ravens defense that had previously held opposing tight ends to an average of five catches for 47 yards per game. They face another difficult challenge in Week 15 against the Patriots, who they have not beat since 2011.

  • McDonald (ankle) practiced fully Wednesday. The full practice puts McDonald in line to play Sunday against the Ravens after the ankle injury sidelined him for each of the Steelers' past three games. Over his last three appearances, McDonald has averaged 30 offensive snaps per game, but he's mostly been deployed as a blocker rather than a go-to option for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the passing game.

  • Steelers' Vance McDonald: Out Monday
    By RotoWire Staff

    The Steelers have ruled out McDonald (ankle) for Monday's game against the Bengals, Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. McDonald was unable to practice throughout the week, rendering the decision to keep him sidelined Monday unsurprising. The absence will mark his third straight while he continues to recover from an ankle injury. Xavier Grimble will presumably once again back up Jesse James at tight end as a result.

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