Switzer (back) finished the 2019 season on injured reserve.
Switzer's season was cut short due to a back injury after he hauled in eight passes on 11 targets for 27 yards . He also totaled 195 return yards. Switzer is a mediocre receiver who may no longer be needed in 2020 for his return skills with the addition of Diontae Johnson. Switzer has one year remaining on his contract.
Pittsburgh announced Thursday that Switzer (back) has been designated to return from injured reserve.
Since Switzer was first placed on injured reserve in Week 11, he won't be eligible to play for at least two more weeks. As such, he won't be available for Sunday's regular-season finale against the Ravens, and he would also remain out for a potential wild-card game the following week, should the Steelers make the playoffs.
The Steelers placed Switzer (back) on injured reserve Thursday, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.
Switzer suffered a back injury during Sunday's win over the Rams, the severity of which will cause him to spend the rest of the season on injured reserve. In his absence, James Washington and Diontae Johnson stand to see work fielding kicks and punts, respectively.
Switzer (back) is ruled out for Thursday's matchup against the Browns, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.
Switzer was listed as a DNP all week, so he'll miss the first game of his career. The third-year pro makes most of his impact as a returner, so James Washington and Diontae Johnson are in line to field kicks and punts, respectively. Switzer's absence hurts the Steelers' wideout depth as well, so they may bring up a practice-squad receiver.
Switzer (back) didn't participate in Tuesday's practice, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.
This was the team's first official practice of the week, and Switzer was held out due to the back injury he suffered during this past Sunday's win over the Rams. The wideout is trending toward missing his first career game unless he can practice in some capacity Wednesday. If Switzer's indeed ruled out for Thursday's matchup against the Browns, the Steelers may promote Terry Wright or Tevin Jones from the practice squad for depth.
Switzer (back) was listed as a non-participant on Monday's practice estimate.
Switzer dealt with a back injury last week but was able to suit up for this past Sunday's win over the Rams. However, it appears he aggravated the issue, as the 25-year-old left the game early and didn't return. He'll need to get on the practice field in some capacity to have a shot at suiting up Thursday against the Browns, but his initial practice report has him trending the wrong direction in a short week. The Steelers have four other healthy wideouts, so they'll likely need to bring another player aboard if Switzer is ruled out.
Switzer (back) is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Rams, Dale Lolley of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.
Switzer was managing the back injury heading into Sunday and was forced out in the fourth quarter of the game. As long as he's out, look for James Washington to take over kick return duties and Diontae Johnson to field punts.
Switzer (back) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.
Switzer sat out of Wednesday's practice, but that appears to have been a precautionary move. The third-year pro is slated to suit up Sunday against the Rams, and he should resume duties as the team's main punt and kick returner.
Switzer (back) didn't participate in Wednesday's practice, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.
Switzer has suited up in all eight games this year, and he's now in jeopardy of missing his first game since entering the league in 2017. He works predominately as a return man, so James Washington and Diontae Johnson are on reserve to return kicks and punts, respectively, if Switzer can't play Sunday against the Rams.
Switzer was only present for five snaps on special teams in Sunday's loss to the 49ers.
Switzer didn't see any snaps on offense Sunday after seeing 46 snaps in Week 1 and 13 snaps in Week 2. It's unclear why Switzer's role has decreased so harshly, although it seems likely that the absence of Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) is at least partially to blame.
Switzer hauled in one of four targets for zero yards in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks.
After a respectable season opener of six catches for 29 yards, Switzer regressed harshly. Part of his struggles were definitely due to Mason Rudolph taking over for Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) halfway through the game. He'll now have a full week to build chemistry with Rudolph, who will be the Steelers' starter the rest of the way.
Switzer had six receptions for 29 yards in Pittsburgh's 33-3 loss to New England on Sunday.
On a night when the Steelers couldn't do much of anything on offense Switzer showed he can be a contributor. Although his total receiving yardage wasn't much, he hauled in all six of his targets, a notable accomplishment considering Ben Roethlisberger completed just 57 percent of his passes. He also looked good on special teams, averaging 21.5 yards on kick returns. Still, it is difficult for fantasy owners to insert Switzer in their starting lineups in Week 2 against Seattle.
Switzer caught his only target for a five-yard gain in Saturday's preseason win over the Chiefs.
Despite moving past the quad injury that bothered him at the start of training camp, Switzer has caught just one pass on 37 snaps in two exhibition contests, getting most of his playing time with the second-string offense. Mark Kaboly of the Athletic believes Switzer remains on track for a roster spot, with a good chance to see more snaps on the starting offense when Ben Roethlisberger makes his lone preseason appearance Thursday in Carolina. There's potential for Switzer or Eli Rogers to see regular slot work if the Steelers are comfortable moving JuJu Smith-Schuster outside on a regular basis. There's also the matter of Switzer being listed No. 1 on the preseason depth chart for both kick and punt returns, though he hasn't seen any work in that area through two weeks.
Switzer exited Wednesday's practice with a quadriceps injury, Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
The severity of the injury isn't clear, but Switzer can't afford an extended absence with his roster status on shaky ground heading into the regular season. Switzer helped himself by impressing the coaching staff during offseason work, but he'll still face stiff competition for targets out of the slot from Eli Rogers in training camp and the preseason. There could be a path for both players to make the roster if the other depth options behind JuJu Smith-Schuster, Donte Moncrief (finger), James Washington and third-round rookie Diontae Johnson fail to turn heads.
Switzer was impressive during spring practices while competing with Eli Rogers for slot work, Mark Kaboly of The Athletic reports.
The competition between Rogers and Switzer could lead to a role with regular targets if the Steelers primarily use JuJu Smith-Schuster outside. That calculation likely depends on a number of factors, including the team's confidence in Donte Moncrief, James Washington and/or Diontae Johnson -- a trio competing for snaps outside. In any case, Switzer has a good shot to earn a spot on the 53-man roster, with his ability to return punts and kickoffs potentially creating a role even if he ultimately loses out to Rogers.
Switzer (ankle) is taking part in voluntary workouts this spring, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.
There don't appear to be any lasting effects from the ankle surgery Switzer reportedly underwent in January, which bodes well for his ability to simply focus on his craft during his first full offseason in Pittsburgh. While Switzer currently seems to have an uphill battle towards gaining a fantasy-relevant receiving role on a roster that also includes JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Washington, Donte Moncrief and Eli Rogers, the North Carolina product is the leading favorite to handle return duties on punts and kickoffs in 2019.
Switzer is scheduled to undergo surgery on his right ankle later this week, Dale Lolley of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.
Switzer apparently injured his ankle in the week of practice prior to Pittsburgh's Dec. 16 victory over New England. While the receiver didn't miss any time as a result, it now seems Switzer simply delayed the procedure until the offseason. While it's not clear how long it may take him to recover, there hasn't been any news to suggest Switzer is in danger of missing the openings days of OTAs in late April.
Switzer caught one of his three targets for two yards during Sunday's 16-13 win over Cincinnati.
The second-year receiver played in all 16 games again this season, finishing with 36 catches (on 44 targets) for 253 yards and one touchdown. This was a huge jump from last season, when Switzer totaled 41 yards on six receptions. He also ran six times for 21 yards and added 862 yards to finish among the top 10 in the league in kickoff and punt returns. Switzer has two years remaining on his current contract with Pittsburgh.
Switzer caught all three of his targets for 18 yards during Sunday's 31-28 loss to New Orleans.
Thirty-four of Ben Roethlisberger's 50 passes went to Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster, curbing the production of just about everyone else on the team. Switzer may see an uptick in Week 17 against a porous Cincinnati pass defense ranked 30th in the league, but probably not enough to merit consideration in fantasy lineups. In the last game against the Bengals seven different Steelers caught a pass -- eight if you include a one-yard loss Ben Roethlisberger caught from himself on a pass tipped by defensive end Carlos Dunlap -- but only Brown and Schuster have any fantasy value.
Switzer caught both his targets for nine yards and ran once for three yards during Sunday's 17-10 win over New England.
Dinged the past few weeks (concussion, ankle) Switzer was deemed fit for duty but only had three offensive touches, and none in the second half. Week 16 presents an attractive matchup against the Saints -- who allow the most fantasy points per game to wide receivers (29.9) -- but the Steelers have too many options that are better than Switzer.
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