Washington (shoulder) won't suit up against the Chargers on Sunday and is considered week-to-week, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
According to Chris Adamski of TribLive.com, Washington was spotted without his shoulder in a sling Wednesday, but the second-year wideout's injury is evidently severe enough to force at least one missed game. The Steelers will benefit from a bye week after Sunday's tilt, which opens up the possibility that Washington might not miss any time beyond the Chargers game. In any case, Johnny Holton, Ryan Switzer and Donte Moncrief could all see increased opportunities as long as Washington remains sidelined.
Washington (shoulder) is expected to miss a few weeks, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Coach Mike Tomlin had a more optimistic outlook about the receiver's health Tuesday, saying he viewed Washington as questionable for Sunday's game against the Chargers. However, with Washington reportedly facing a multi-game absence, the Steelers may need to choose between Johnny Holton, Ryan Switzer and Donte Moncrief for a regular spot in three-wide sets alongside JuJu Smith-Schuster and Diontae Johnson. It'll be a major surprise if Washington practices Wednesday.
Coach Mike Tomlin said that he's viewing Washington (shoulder) as questionable for Sunday's game against the Chargers, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Washington played 33 of the Steelers' 60 offensive snaps (55 percent) in the 26-23 overtime loss to the Ravens in Week 5, finishing with a season-high three receptions for 52 yards before the shoulder injury forced him from the contest. The wideout's status for Week 6 won't be officially established until the Steelers see what he's able to do in practice Wednesday through Friday, but Tomlin's early expectation is that Washington will carry a designation into Sunday. If Washington is sidelined this weekend, Johnny Holton would be the next man up to see increased reps alongside JuJu Smith-Schuster and Diontae Johnson in three-receiver sets.
Washington was forced out of Sunday's game against the Ravens with a shoulder injury.
Prior to his exit from the contest, Washington caught three of his six targets for 52 yards. In his absence, added targets are available for Diontae Johnson and Johnny Holton.
Washington failed to catch his lone target in Monday night's 27-3 win over Cincinnati.
Mason Rudolph seems to favor rookie Diontae Johnson over Washington -- and even JuJu Smith-Schuster -- when he isn't dumping short passes to his running backs. Washington has caught just six of 15 targets in four games and should not be in fantasy lineups heading into Pittsburgh's Week 5 game against Baltimore.
Washington caught two of four targets for 14 yards in Sunday's 24-20 loss to San Francisco.
For a third straight game Washington managed just two receptions. Fantasy owners hoping he might benefit from having Mason Rudolph -- his quarterback from Oklahoma State -- under center were disappointed in Week 3 as Washington was outperformed by rookie Diontae Johnson (3-52-1). Washington will look to rebound on Monday night against Cincinnati's beleaguered defense.
Washington had two catches for 23 yards in Pittsburgh's 28-26 loss to Seattle on Sunday.
Washington received just three targets -- half of what he saw in Week 1 -- and only one after Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) was out of the game. The Roethlisberger injury, as well as the one sustained by James Conner (knee) could limit Pittsburgh's already struggling offense against an undefeated San Francisco in Week 3. If Big Ben or Armadillo can't suit up fantasy owners may want to avoid using most Steelers, including Washington.
Washington caught two of six targets for 51 yards in Pittsburgh's 33-3 loss to New England on Sunday.
In the position battle between Washington and Donte Moncrief, Washington was the least worst in the season opener. His lone highlight was a 45-yard catch on the drive that led to Pittsburgh's only points of the game, and he'll need to show more consistency against Seattle in Week 2.
Washington caught one of two targets for 41 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 18-6 preseason win over Tennessee.
Washington has looked good through the first three preseason games but is still building chemistry with Ben Roethlisberger. As a result, he remains slightly behind Donte Moncrief to start the season but still has fantasy value, which could increase as the year progresses.
Washington brought in four of five targets for 78 yards in the Steelers' 17-7 preseason win over the Chiefs on Saturday.
For the second time in as many exhibitions, Washington led the Steelers in both receptions and receiving yards. The second-year wideout appears primed for a major step forward if his work this summer is any indication, and he could even be gaining on veteran Donte Moncrief for the No. 2 wideout job. Coach Mike Tomlin likely won't make a final decision on slotting for the wide receiver depth chart until just prior to the regular season, but Washington could continue making a strong case for himself in the next preseason outing against the Titans.
Washington brought in four of five targets for 84 yards and a touchdown in the Steelers' 30-28 preseason win over the Buccaneers on Friday.
Washington paced the Steelers in receptions and receiving yardage while seeing extensive playing time. The second-year wideout's touchdown reception came on the third drive, when he snared a perfect back-shoulder throw from Mason Rudolph. Washington also posted 43- and 22-yard catches during the contest, making it a stellar all-around effort on a night when JuJu Smith-Schuster was inactive for precautionary reasons.
Washington said Thursday that he's dropped roughly 15 pounds since the end of the 2018 season, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.
Washington self-reported that he played at 225 pounds during his rookie year, a weight you'd expect would make a 5-foot-11 player more of a running back. He now says he's down to 209, below the 213 pounds he was measured at during the 2018 NFL Combine. It's not uncommon for players to show significant changes in physique during their first years of experiencing a pro-caliber training program, but Washington's case is particularly notable given his stout frame. The No. 60 overall pick in last year's draft is angling to fend off Donte Moncrief for the No. 2 receiving role behind JuJu Smith-Schuster ahead of the 2019 campaign.
Washington likely will compete with Donte Moncrief for playing time, ESPN.com's Jeremy Fowler reports.
The Steelers added Moncrief and re-signed Eli Rogers shortly after they traded Antonio Brown, leaving them with five viable options for playing time at wide receiver once Ryan Switzer and lead dog JuJu Smith-Schuster are accounted for. Switzer and Rogers have both operated as slot specialists, while Smith-Schuster arguably does his best work inside but also is dangerous out wide. That leaves Washington and Moncrief as the pure outside receivers, potentially competing for one regular job unless the Steelers are set on keeping Smith-Schuster in the slot. Coming off a disappointing rookie season, Washington has a nice opportunity with Brown out of the picture, but the new situation still appears rather competitive -- and it could become even messier after the draft. Given the prolific track record of the Pittsburgh passing game, it's easy enough to make a case for both Washington and Moncrief as high-upside assets in the middle or late rounds of fantasy drafts.
Washington caught all three of his targets for 64 yards during Sunday's 16-13 win over Cincinnati.
The rookie benefited from Antonio Brown (knee) being inactive, falling one-yard shy of matching his single-game high from Week 15. Washington finishes the 2018 season with 16 catches (on 38 targets) for 217 yards and one touchdown in 14 games. He has three years remaining on his current contract but is one of several receivers -- Ryan Switzer, Eli Rogers and Justin Hunter are also in that group -- fighting for targets behind Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster. Switzer has two years left while the other two are both free agents heading in to next season.
With Antonio Brown (knee) inactive Sunday against the Bengals, look for Washington's profile in the Steelers' Week 17 offense to expand.
While Washington can't be expected to duplicate Brown's level of play, he figures to see enough work opposite JuJu Smith-Schuster on Sunday to merit Week 17 lineup consideration.
Washington failed to catch either of his two targets during Sunday's 31-28 loss to New Orleans.
This was the sixth of 13 games in which Washington was held without a reception and he has caught just 13 of 35 targets for an abysmal 37 percent catch rate. The Steelers needing a win and help to get in to the postseason, but there are much better receiving options than Washington in Week 17, despite facing a Cincinnati defense that ranks 30th in the league against the pass.
Washington is expected to step into a starting role if JuJu Smith-Schuster (groin) can't play in Sunday's game at New Orleans, Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
The rookie second-round pick has caught just 13 of his 33 targets, but he took a step forward in last week's 17-10 win over the Patriots, nabbing three of four looks for 65 yards. Teammate Antonio Brown expects Smith-Schuster, who is listed as questionable, to give it a go, but an absence from Friday's practice suggests the second-year pro is truly questionable for the contest. Even if he does settle into a much larger role, Washington may have trouble dealing with a red-hot Saints defense that held each of its last six opponents to 17 points or fewer.
Washington brought in three of four targets for 65 yards in the Steelers' 17-10 win over the Patriots on Sunday.
The rookie's receiving yardage total was not only tops on the afternoon for the Steelers, it also served as a career high. Just under half of Washington's production came on a 32-yard grab early in the third quarter down the right sideline, a spectacular catch that Washington made despite tight coverage by the Patriots' Jason McCourty. The solid production Sunday notwithstanding, Washington may have a tough time matching it over the final two weeks of the season, considering that Eli Rogers returned from his stint on the PUP list Sunday and was already the recipient of four targets in his first game.
Washington caught two of four targets for 11 yards during Sunday's 24-21 loss to Oakland.
With 14 seconds to play Washington had just one catch for six yards. He then caught a five-yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger and lateraled to James Washington, who gained an additional 43 yards to set up a field-goal that would send the game to overtime. However, Chris Boswell lost his footing on the 40-yard attempt as time expired, handing the Steelers a third straight loss. Pittsburgh holds a half game lead over Baltimore for first place in the AFC North heading into Week 15 against New England.
Washington will be part of the Steelers' game plan during Sunday's game against the Raiders, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.
Washington was a healthy scratch for Sunday's game against the Chargers and has struggled to produce to begin his rookie season -- he has only eight catches for 77 yards and one touchdown across 10 games. The second-round pick was reportedly sought out by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on Wednesday, who told Washington that he's "still confident" in him. With Justin Hunter (shoulder) having been placed on injured reserve and Ryan Switzer in the concussion protocol, Washington could serve as Pittsburgh's No. 3 wideout during Sunday's tilt against the Raiders. The rookie will work to capitalize on his increased opportunity.
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