Pittsburgh Steelers

Stadium: Heinz Field | Coach: Mike Tomlin
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense7th110.0 (14th)262.6 (5th)
Defense12th100.0 (13th)242.6 (16th)
Injuries
DatePosPlayerInjuryNFL StatusFantasy News
07/27/17WRJustin HunterSuspensionSUSPENDHunter 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.

(Updated 03/15/2017)
07/27/17QBLandry JonesSuspensionSUSPENDJones 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.

(Updated 03/10/2017)
05/25/17RBJames ConnerHamstringQUESTIONABLEConner (hamstring) didn't practice much during the offseason program, PennLive.com's Jacob Klinger reports.

Conner pulled a hamstring during rookie minicamp in mid-May and still wasn't back to full strength when mandatory minicamp wrapped up in mid-June. With Le'Veon Bell (groin) also unavailable throughout the offseason, uninspiring veterans Fitzgerald Toussaint and Knile Davis likely handled most of the first- and second-team reps. Assuming he's healthy for training camp, Conner is still the favorite to serve as Bell's primary backup, with his status as a third-round selection (No. 105) ensuring of him a roster spot at the very least.

(Updated 06/20/2017)
05/24/17DBSean DavisShoulderQUESTIONABLEDavis underwent shoulder surgery during the offseason, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.

It's unclear when Davis went under the knife, but he's expected to return in time for training camp. Once he's healthy, Davis will likely line up as a starting safety alongside Mike Mitchell.

(Updated 05/24/2017)
05/24/17DLStephon TuittHandQUESTIONABLETuitt underwent surgery on his hand and isn't practicing during OTAs, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazzette reports.

Tuitt's hand injury isn't expected to limit him by the time the training camp arrives. The Steelers may just be exercising caution in opting to hold him out of OTAs.

(Updated 05/24/2017)
05/13/17WRDez StewartUndisclosedQUESTIONABLEStewart (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.

(Updated 05/12/2017)
02/15/17WRDeMarcus AyersAbdomenQUESTIONABLEAyers 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.

(Updated 02/08/2017)
01/27/17WRSammie CoatesHandQUESTIONABLECoates (hand/groin) underwent arthroscopic knee surgery last week and will therefore miss the start of training camp, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.

Coates' knee scope shouldn't affect his availability for Week 1 of the regular season, but he may not return to practice until closer to mid-August. He also underwent hand and groin surgery much earlier in the offseason after an underwhelming 2016 campaign in which he hauled in 21 passes for 435 yards and two scores on 49 targets in 14 games. Coates' return to full health will be essential for his chances at winning either the No. 4 or No. 5 spot on the depth chart at wide receiver, while rookie Juju Smith-Schuster, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Cobi Hamilton and Justin Hunter all provide competition as well.

(Updated 07/26/2017)
01/26/17DLCameron HeywardPectoralQUESTIONABLEHeyward (chest) is on track to be ready for the regular season, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Heyward suffered a pectoral injury in November of last season that was expected to require a six-month recovery timeline. The team is opting to exercise caution with the veteran, as it has avoided placing him in full offensive and defensive drills in the offseason program. Although the Steelers are not showing a sense of urgency to implement him fully into their organized team activities, he's on track for a healthy start to the 2017 season. The 28-year-old tallied three sacks in seven games prior to the injury last season.

(Updated 06/07/2017)
01/26/17LBSteven JohnsonAnkleQUESTIONABLEJohnson (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.

(Updated 02/15/2017)
01/26/17DBShamarko ThomasConcussionQUESTIONABLEThomas (concussion) signed a contract with the Jets on Thursday, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.

Thomas saw his 2016 season end prematurely due to a concussion after playing in just eight games. In his four years with the Steelers, Thomas was never able to improve upon the 29 tackles of his rookie campaign, totaling just 24 tackles over his last three seasons with Pittsburgh. Now with the Jets, Thomas will need to earn a spot as a depth safety and special teams player.

(Updated 06/01/2017)
01/26/17WRMarkus WheatonShoulderQUESTIONABLEWheaton (shoulder) has an opportunity to start this season, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.

The Bears added several veteran wideouts this offseason in order to try and replace Alshon Jeffery. While Kevin White and Cameron Meredith (thumb) are slated to be the starters, injury history has haunted the Bears' receiving corps the past few years, which could lead to Wheaton's opportunity. He'll be competing with Victor Cruz and Kendall Wright for reps, but Wheaton's superior ability on the outside compared to the other two wideouts could set the 26-year-old apart from the crowd. However, he'll first have to make a full recovery from shoulder surgery.

(Updated 06/22/2017)
01/23/17TELadarius GreenConcussionQUESTIONABLEGreen (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.

(Updated 05/21/2017)
 

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