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  • Pittsburgh Injuries
    DatePosPlayerInjuryNFL StatusFantasy News
    06/13/17DLTyson AlualuCalfQUESTIONABLEAlualu was limited at practice Tuesday due to a calf injury, Chris Adamski of The Tribune-Review reports.

    Alualu missed all of OTAs with the calf injury, so his limited participation is a welcome sign for Steelers' fans. Barring a major setback, it appears the injury will have no effect on his availability during the regular season.

    (Updated 06/13/2017)
    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)
    01/23/17RBLe'Veon BellGroinQUESTIONABLEBell (groin) and the Steelers were unable to agree to a long-term contract prior to Monday's 4:00 p.m. EDT deadline, meaning he'll play this season under the $12.1 million franchise tag, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

    Bell will be the NFL's highest-paid running back this year, but considering he hasn't signed his tender yet, he's not required to report for the start of training camp next week. Whether he does so remains to be seen, but without an extension in place, he'll become a free agent following the upcoming campaign. While that provides the 25-year-old with plenty of incentive to continue racking up huge numbers, it also puts some pressure on Bell to remain healthy. In the wake of a couple of knee injuries through his first four seasons, Bell underwent surgery in March to address a groin issue, but is expected to be ready to roll for Week 1.

    (Updated 07/17/2017)
    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)
    Cincinnati Injuries
    DatePosPlayerInjuryNFL StatusFantasy News
    06/15/17WRCody CoreLegQUESTIONABLECore was carted off the field Wednesday with an apparent left leg injury, Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com reports.

    According to Jim Owczarski of the Enquirer, Core did not suffer any ligament damage. The 23-year-old figures to be just out of the regular rotation of receivers on the depth chart heading into the year. He tallied 17 receptions for 200 yards for the team during his rookie campaign last season. Expect an update on his status when the team provides more clarity on the situation.

    (Updated 06/14/2017)
    06/14/17RBBrandon WilsonKneeQUESTIONABLEWilson is dealing with a knee injury and has yet to participate fully in a practice since the start of rookie minicamp, Jim Owczarski of Cincinnati.com reports.

    When and how the injury occurred is unknown at this time. Wilson has been able to dress for practice, so a return to a heavier workload figures to be around the corner. The sixth-round pick will enter training camp competing for a spot on the final roster.

    (Updated 06/14/2017)
    04/28/17WRChris BrownFootQUESTIONABLE (Updated 12/31/1969)
    04/28/17WRJohn RossShoulder - LabrumQUESTIONABLECoach Marvin Lewis said Tuesday that Ross (shoulder) is expected to get into a game at some point during the preseason, Jay Morrison of Cox Media Group reports.

    This is an encouraging update for the rookie, who has been limited throughout the offseason while recovering from shoulder surgery to repair his labrum. As it stands, Ross will likely be able to play during preseason, but the team has yet to announce whether or not he'll be ready for the first exhibition game. Regardless, Ross will be on track to be ready for the start of the season if he continues at this rate.

    (Updated 07/25/2017)
    02/10/17DBGeorge IlokaShoulderQUESTIONABLEIloka underwent a minor procedure on his shoulder Thursday but is expected to be ready for the Bengals' offseason workout program, Jim Owczarski of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

    Iloka's shoulder scope was reportedly an outpatient procedure, so there is little concern from the Bengals that he'll miss much time. The rangy safety had a strong season by IDP standards in the defensive backfield as he racked up 74 tackles and picked off three passes.

    (Updated 02/09/2017)
    01/25/17RBGiovani BernardKnee - ACLQUESTIONABLEBernard (knee) may be cleared to join his teammates when the Bengals open training camp Friday, Jim Owczarski of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

    Eight months removed from tearing his ACL, Bernard appears to be progressing very well in his recovery. Whether he'll receive clearance for full activity remains to be seen, and being cleared for work in camp is merely a step toward an eventual return to game action. It's believed that the addition of Joe Mixon in April's draft will leave Bernard positioned to work mostly in third-down situations once he's ready to play again.

    (Updated 07/24/2017)
    01/25/17DBChykie BrownAnkleQUESTIONABLEBrown (ankle) was placed on injured reserve Monday.

    Brown injured his ankle Sunday against Baltimore and went in for an MRI on Monday. Obviously, Brown didn't get the results he was hoping for. His season is over.

    (Updated 11/28/2016)
    01/25/17TETyler EifertBackQUESTIONABLEEifert (back) should be ready to participate when the Bengals begin training camp Friday, Jim Owczarski of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

    It will be interesting to see if Eifert is able to participate without restrictions, however, as he was limited in Organized Team Activities during the offseason following surgery in December. In a Cincinnati offense with plenty of weapons for quarterback Andy Dalton, Eifert should be one of the more heavily targeted pass catchers in the red zone, where he's been targeted 27 times over his last 21 games dating back to the start of the 2015 campaign.

    (Updated 07/24/2017)
    01/02/17TETyler KroftKneeQUESTIONABLEKroft (knee, ankle) finished the 2016 season with 10 catches for 92 yards on 12 targets in 14 games.

    A 2015 third-round selection, Kroft entered his second NFL training camp as the favorite to fill in for an injured Tyler Eifert early in the season. Kroft then suffered a knee injury that cost him most of camp and the entire preseason, allowing C.J. Uzomah to emerge as the top pass-catching tight end in Eifert's absence. Despite starting 11 games and playing 39 percent of the team's offensive snaps, Kroft was never much of a factor in the Cincinnati passing game. He may have to compete with Uzomah for the No. 2 job in training camp.

    (Updated 03/14/2017)
 
 

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