McDonald (shoulder) caught his lone target for five yards in Sunday's 24-17 win over the Chargers.
McDonald was dealing with a shoulder stinger during practice this week, but he was able to suit up and did not suffer a setback Sunday. The veteran tight end, however, turned in his lowest fantasy output this year due to run-heavy gameplan. Coach Mike Tomlin was clearly trying to protect rookie third-stringer, Devlin Hodges, which hurt his entire receiving unit outside of dump offs to James Conner. With an upcoming bye week, the Steelers could get Mason Rudolph (concussion) back in time for their Week 8 matchup with Miami, which would certainly boost McDonald's fantasy value back to its past norm and in turn ease up the workload for Nick Vannett.
McDonald (shoulder) will play Sunday night against the Chargers, Chris Adamski of TribLive.com reports.
The tight end returned to a full practice Friday after logging back-to-back absences Wednesday and Thursday, as he managed a shoulder issue. While McDonald is slated to start and serve as the Steelers' top pass-catching option at his position, how he'll produce Week 6 is tough to predict, with Devlin Hodges starting at QB in place of Mason Rudolph (concussion).
McDonald (shoulder) didn't participate in Thursday's practice, Brian Batko of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
While no reports have surfaced suggesting McDonald suffered a setback coming out of the Week 5 loss to the Ravens, the balky shoulder may be an issue he'll have to manage throughout the season. A non-participant for the first two practices of Week 6, McDonald will still need to log at least a limited session Friday for fantasy managers to have some level of confidence he'll be ready to play Sunday against the Chargers.
McDonald (shoulder) didn't practice Wednesday.
McDonald headed into Week 5's game against the Ravens listed as questionable, but he was a starter this past Sunday and played 35 of a possible 58 snaps on offense, en route to catching all three of his targets for 34 yards. We'll revisit the tight end's status Thursday to get a better read as to whether McDonald's Wednesday absence was maintenance-related or indicative of a setback.
McDonald caught all three of his targets for 34 yards during Sunday's 26-23 loss to Baltimore.
After missing Week 4, McDonald returned Sunday to his familiar role as a steady underneath target. The Rice product has a wide frame for red-zone targets, illustrated in Week 2's two-score performance, but is otherwise not going to put up a ton of yards as he's averaging just 9.4 yards per catch this season. The Chargers await in Week 6 and it'll be tough sledding if Mason Rudolph (concussion) is out, despite Devlin Hodges' solid relief work.
McDonald (shoulder) is active for Sunday's game against the Ravens, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
McDonald carried a questionable tag into the weekend, but he likely assuaged most of the concern the Steelers had about his health by putting in a full practice Friday. Before sitting out the Steelers' Monday night win over the Bengals in Week 4, McDonald tallied 10 receptions for 88 yards and two touchdowns in the preceding three games.
The Steelers list McDonald (shoulder) as questionable for Sunday's game against the Ravens, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.
After sitting out the Steelers' win over the Bengals on Monday Night Football, McDonald didn't practice Wednesday or Thursday before returning to work Friday. Though he took every rep in the Steelers' final session of Week 5, it wasn't enough for McDonald to avoid an injury tag heading into Sunday. McDonald will be one of two key options in the passing game to enter the weekend with a designation, as top wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster (toe) also carries the questionable tag.
McDonald (shoulder) remained sidelined at Thursday's practice, Dale Lolley of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.
The same applies to JuJu Smith-Schuster (toe) and James Conner (ankle), though according to Brian Batko of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, that key duo appears on track to be able to give it a go Sunday against the Ravens, while McDonald's outlook on that front isn't quite as bright.
McDonald (shoulder) didn't practice Wednesday.
Coach Mike Tomlin previously noted that McDonald has a chance to play Sunday against the Ravens, but the tight end will need to get some practice reps in, either Thursday or Friday, for that to be a possibility. In McDonald's absence this past Monday against the Bengals, Nick Vannett served as the Steelers' top tight end.
Coach Mike Tomlin said McDonald (shoulder) has a chance to play Sunday against the Ravens, Missi Matthews of the Steelers' official site reports.
McDonald injured his shoulder Week 3 and hasn't practiced or played in the interim, so his listing on Wednesday's practice report will give a good indication of his potential to return this weekend. In his absence Monday versus the Bengals, newcomer Nick Vannett played 75 percent of the offensive snaps while rookie Zach Gentry came in at 42 percent of those plays.
McDonald (shoulder) is listed as inactive Monday versus the Bengals, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Last Wednesday, coach Mike Tomlin expressed optimism in McDonald's ability to play through a shoulder injury, but he proceeded to miss every Week 4 practice and was deemed "doubtful" for this contest. McDonald's trend arrived at the logical conclusion, which will allow newcomer Nick Vannett and Zach Gentry to man tight end.
McDonald (shoulder) was downgraded to doubtful for Monday's contest against the Bengals.
McDonald's status has only gotten worse throughout the week, with a third consecutive absence at practice drawing a doubtful tag for Monday's prime-time affair. Newly acquired Nick Vannett figures to see a bump in playing time should McDonald ultimately miss the contest, while Zach Gentry could also see an uptick in snaps as the only other healthy tight end.
McDonald (shoulder) remained sidelined for Friday's practice, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.
Per Missi Matthews of the Steelers' official site, coach Mike Tomlin expressed optimism earlier this week about having McDonald available for Monday night's game against the Bengals, with a degree of added clarity on that front due upon the release of the team's final Week 4 injury report Saturday. If McDonald is limited or out Monday night, additional opportunities at tight end would be available for newcomer Nick Vannett and rookie Zach Gentry.
McDonald (shoulder) didn't participate in Thursday's practice, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.
Though McDonald is a spectator for the Steelers' first practice of Week 4, coach Mike Tomlin expressed optimism two days earlier that the tight end would be ready to play when Monday's game against the Bengals arrives. Tomlin did acknowledge the possibility that McDonald may be limited if active this week, however, making the 29-year-old somewhat of a risky fantasy option. Next up behind McDonald on the Steelers' depth chart are the newly acquired Nick Vannett and fifth-round rookie Zach Gentry.
Coach Mike Tomlin said that he's "optimistic" about the availability of McDonald (shoulder) for Monday's game against the Bengals, Missi Matthews of the Steelers' official site reports.
The Steelers' acquisition of Nick Vannett on Tuesday looked like a bit of a red flag with regard to McDonald's Week 4 status, but with news that fellow tight end Xavier Grimble (undisclosed) is also banged up, it makes sense that the Steelers are adding depth at the position. Per Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, McDonald was sporting a sling Tuesday, so the tight end isn't a lock to be available Monday, in spite of Tomlin's initial optimism. Thursday's practice report should provide useful context with regard to McDonald's chances of suiting up this week.
McDonald was spotted Tuesday with his injured shoulder in a sling, Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
McDonald played only 15 offensive snaps in the Week 3 loss to the 49ers before the shoulder injury ended his day early. The fact that he's donning a sling in addition to the Steelers' decision to add another tight end (Alize Mack) to their practice squad implies some level of concern that McDonald won't be able to play Monday night against the Bengals. Xavier Grimble is the next man up on the depth chart if McDonald can't go.
McDonald exited Sunday's game against the 49ers after suffering a shoulder injury, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.
Prior to his exit, McDonald had caught one of his two targets for 10 yards. Next up for the team's tight end looks are Xavier Grimble and Zach Gentry.
McDonald (back) practiced fully Thursday.
McDonald is thus on track to see his first action first back in San Francisco (on Sunday) since the 49ers traded him to the Steelers prior to the start of the 2017 campaign. McDonald is coming off a Week 2 effort that saw him haul in all seven of his targets for 38 yards and two TDs in a loss to the Seahawks. In the weeks ahead, he's in line to remain one of QB Mason Rudolph's top passing targets, along with Pittsburgh's top wideout, JuJu Smith-Schuster.
McDonald (back) was limited at practice Wednesday.
McDonald was on the field for 91 percent of the Steelers' snaps on offense in Week 2's loss to the Seahawks, en route to hauling in all seven of his targets for 38 yards and two TDs. His limited practice session puts McDonald on the list of players to track in advance of Sunday's game against the 49ers, but as long as the tight end is able to go this weekend, he should remain one of QB Mason Rudolph's top passing targets in Week 3.
McDonald caught all seven of his targets for 38 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 28-26 loss to Seattle.
Both of McDonald's touchdowns came from backup quarterback Mason Rudolph, who played the entire second half after Ben Roethlisberger exited with an elbow injury. The first one came from eight yards out and the second was a three-yarder. McDonald's instant chemistry with Rudolph means the tight end's fantasy stock shouldn't be impacted too much regardless of the duration of Roethlisberger's absence.
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