Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 8/25/16 9:42am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) will play in the preseason game against the New Orleans Saints Friday, Aug. 26, according to head coach Mike Tomlin.
Huddle Up: Bell will miss the first three games of the season because of his suspension, so he will need some playing time during the preseason. The suspension does hurt his value, but he should still be considered a No. 1 running back in most leagues and will be selected in one of the first two or three rounds of drafts.
Ladarius Green - TEPosted 8/25/16 3:17pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Ladarius Green (ankle) still hopes to be ready for Week 1, but acknowledged that the rehabilitation process is 'very slow.'
Huddle Up: If Green is sidelined for Week 1, then Jesse James would make for a nice, cheap tight end play in daily formats. Ben Roethlisberger frequented Heath Miller's catching radius and has always been fond of dumping the ball off to his tight ends. James is also a handcuff consideration for those who draft Green as their TE1.
Ladarius Green - TEPosted 8/20/16 1:57pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Ladarius Green (concussion, ankle) said he has no idea where rumors of his headaches spawned.
Huddle Up: Green is still on the PUP list because of an ankle injury, but maybe his recurring headaches aren't as severe as originally believed. Either way, his status will need to be monitored leading up to the regular season, especially since he'll need to be taken off the PUP list before the season starts if he wants to play. If he is not ready, then Jesse James becomes a nice sleeper option as he should become the starting tight end in Pittsburgh.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 8/19/16 12:04pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell's suspension has been reduced to three games, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Bell will now be eligible to play in Week 4, which will help his fantasy value. He should be considered a No. 1 running back in all fantasy leagues and will be selected in one of the first two or three rounds.
Ladarius Green - TEPosted 8/18/16 1:55pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Jesse James would start if TE Ladarius Green (concussion, ankle) is not ready by the start of the season. James has developed a nice red-zone rapport with QB Ben Roethlisberger, according to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com.
Huddle Up: James is becoming a pretty sneaky option at the tight end position. He can be had for nothing and could start at least half of the regular season depending on Green's status. As of now, James can probably even be claimed off waivers in most leagues while he's still under the radar.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 8/16/16 12:27pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger, RB Le'Veon Bell, RB DeAngelo Williams and WR Antonio Brown won't play in the second preseason game Thursday, Aug. 18.
Huddle Up: Bell, Brown and Big Ben are all amidst the first pack in fantasy at their respective positions. D-Will is an RB3 as he'll take a backseat when Bell returns from his impending suspension.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 8/16/16 2:33pm ET
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell says no hearing date has been scheduled for the appeal of his four-game suspension.
Huddle Up: More watching and waiting is ahead for Bell owners and Steelers Country, but it remains a longshot that the fantasy stud will see much -- if any -- of a reduction.
Bruce Gradkowski - QBPosted 8/15/16 5:56pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Bruce Gradkowski (hamstring) has a sizable hamstring tear, according to a source. He may be out for an extended period of time. QBs Landry Jones and Dustin Vaughan are the primary backups behind QB Ben Roethlisberger.
Huddle Up: Barring a acquisition, it looks like Jones will serve as the Steelers' No. 2 QB, and that means a strong possibility of receiving some starts as Big Ben only has been able to play a full season in two of the last seven years.
Markus Wheaton - WRPosted 8/15/16 7:33pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Markus Wheaton (undisclosed) was able to participate in practice Monday, Aug. 15. Wheaton has missed most of training camp because of a soft tissue injury.
Huddle Up: Wheaton is expected to start opposite Antonio Brown this season. Sammie Coates has received a lot of buzz this summer but he struggled in the Steelers first preseason game. Wheaton currently has an ADP of Round 11.
Sammie Coates - WRPosted 8/13/16 12:03am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Sammie Coates had three catches for 18 yards but dropped a pass and fumbled twice in a 30-17 preseason loss to the Detroit Lions Friday, Aug. 12.
Huddle Up: It was a disastrous night for Coates. He's reportedly been having a strong camp but Coates' first preseason game was one to forget. The Steelers are hoping Coates will step up this season with Martavis Bryant suspended for the year. Coates will try to bounce back in the Steelers second preseason game.
Ladarius Green - TEPosted 8/11/16 8:58am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Ladarius Green (ankle) remains on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list nearly two weeks after the open of training camp. He is still recovering from ankle surgery in January and has yet to practice with his new team. He will miss at least the first preseason game Friday, Aug. 12, against the Detroit Lions. Expectations are so low at this point, QB Ben Roethlisberger did not mention Green when talking about the team's tight end situation Tuesday, Aug. 9.
Huddle Up: Green has a ton of potential and could be a giant addition to the Pittsburgh offense. However, he needs to get on the field and build rapport with his new quarterback. If Green isn't ready for Week 1, it would likely be Jesse James, Xavier Grimble or David Johnson forced to step up. Green is still a viable middle-round fantasy pick for brave owners, but he needs to get healthy in a hurry. He is a TE2, ideally, or a gamble as your starter.
Ladarius Green - TEPosted 8/11/16 2:36pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Ladarius Green (head, ankle) is not participating in practice because of recurring headaches and not because of his surgically repaired ankle, according to a member of the organization. Green suffered two concussions in two weeks last September.
Huddle Up: Yikes. Scary news to be certain when concussion histories and recurring headaches are part of the discussion, and we might need to pump the brakes on the TE1 hype until we see Green get on the field and participate in some games.
Ladarius Green - TEPosted 8/11/16 5:54pm ET
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers TE Ladarius Green (concussion) may be considering retirement if his recurring headaches persist, according to a source. There is also speculation that the Steelers could waive Green.
Huddle Up: As stated earlier, a serious and concerning issue for Green and the Steelers, and we'll have to hope that the issues will go away on their own.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 8/10/16 1:53pm ET
Detroit Lions CB Darius Slay was 'dominated' by Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown in a joint practice session Tuesday, Aug. 9. Slay was surprised to see Brown run three consecutive deep routes against him and said he needs to do a better job against the deep ball.
Huddle Up: Nothing for the Lions' new $48.15 million CB to be ashamed of. However, he just now might have a better personal understanding of why Brown tops just about every list of best NFL WRs and top fantasy wideouts.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 8/10/16 3:00pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger, RB Le'Veon Bell, RB DeAngelo Williams, WR Antonio Brown and C Maurkice Pouncey will not play in the preseason game against the Detroit Lions on Friday, Aug. 12.
Huddle Up: Wise move for the Steelers, who who will have enough suspensions and injury issues to worry about come the regular season.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 8/6/16 6:39pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is 'running and cutting without thinking about his surgically repaired knee', according to ESPN reporter Jeremy Fowler. 'I feel I can protect myself. Even jump-cutting, if I decide I want to jump over somebody, jump in the end zone, whatever it may be, I feel I'll be able to do all that. My leg feels great. I felt I got all my speed back. I wasn't even thinking about my knee at all (Friday, Aug. 5),' Bell said.
Huddle Up: Bell's health is no longer a concern but he's facing a four-game suspension to start the year. Bell still has an ADP in the late first round, despite the fact that he's likely to miss the first month of the season.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 8/5/16 8:46am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown will not be negotiated with for a long-term contract this offseason. General manager Kevin Colbert said the Steelers are sticking to their philosophy of not negotiating with a player who has more than one year left on their contract.
Sammie Coates - WRPosted 8/4/16 8:54am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Sammie Coates has been a regular with the first-team offense alongside WR Antonio Brown through four training-camp practices. He's being careful not to assume he's a seamless replacement for WR Martavis Bryant.
Huddle Up: Coates flashed notable potential at times last year in his rookie season, including in the playoffs, and will be an intriguing breakout candidate for 2016. With Bryant out of the mix, someone will have to step up and it appears Coates will be getting the opportunity to do just that. He could offer excellent value in the late-rounds of fantasy drafts.
Sammie Coates - WRPosted 7/31/16 1:07pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Sammie Coates made several spectacular catches in practice Saturday, July 30, including a 40-yard touchdown and a one-handed grab.
Huddle Up: The 2015 third-round pick was barely heard from as a rookie with one regular-season catch for 11 yards, but that's makes his sleeper status even more intriguing this year given Martavis Bryant's yearlong suspension.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 7/28/16 2:04pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell has vowed not to miss any games due to suspension for reportedly missing several drug tests, but no sources with knowledge of the situation believe he has a strong chance to win the appeal. As such, RB DeAngelo Williams would be in line to carry the load until Bell returns.
Huddle Up: Players and teams have had some success appealing their league penalties, but getting drug appeals rescinded haven't been too successful.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 7/28/16 7:59pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell's appeal for his four-game suspension is tentatively set for mid-August, according to head coach Mike Tomlin.
Huddle Up: Hopefully things will be settled before your leagues draft, but bank on Bell serving all -- or close to -- his full quarter-season suspension at this point.
Ladarius Green - TEPosted 7/28/16 7:59pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Ladarius Green (ankle) was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Thursday, July 28.
Huddle Up: Hardly a shocker considering the former Charger had offseason ankle surgery, and the Steelers will be patient with the tight end who's poised to take over the starting gig with Heath Miller's offseason retirement.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 7/27/16 2:52pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown will report to training camp Thursday, July 28, despite displeasure with this contract. Brown is hopeful his contract situation will be addressed before the start of the season. He has $6.25 million and $8.71 million salaries the next two seasons.
Huddle Up: No reason to worry about one of the NFL elite receivers. This is not a distraction.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 7/24/16 1:09pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is unlikely to have a successful appeal for his pending four-game suspension due to the NFL's stringent policies. The results of the appeal are expected before the regular season starts. Additionally, Bell missed several drug tests resulting in the suspension, as opposed to the originally reported one missed test, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Once in the top-overall-pick conversation, Bell needs to be downgraded on draft boards yet again. However, if you have -- or can get -- backup DeAngelo Williams, you can afford to draft Bell early and ride Williams early.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 7/22/16 1:31pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is facing a four-game suspension for a violation of the NFL's drug policy because of a missed test, according to sources. The appeals process is underway, and no announcement has been made. No date for Bell's appeal has been set, but it's expected to be heard before the start of the regular season. If it's not overturned, he would miss the first four games of the season.
Huddle Up: Yikes, another season, another potential blow for Bell, who already has missed 13 games over his first three seasons due to injuries and suspensions. This obviously would knock Bell out of RB1 territory, and cause backup DeAngelo Wulliams' fantasy stock to soar. Most definitely stay tuned ...
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 7/17/16 10:46pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell said he believes there will be times that he and RB DeAngelo Williams will be on the field at the same time. 'There are definitely going to be packages where me and 'D-Lo' are going to be out there at the same time,' Bell said. 'I'm ready for that.'
Huddle Up: Just another reason why Williams' value exceeds his elite-handcuff status. He's a must-own for Bell owners.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 7/10/16 2:10am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) said he is on schedule to be ready for training camp and that his leg is stronger than ever before.
Huddle Up: That's exactly what Bell is supposed to say at this juncture, especially when he's looking for a big fat payday. We'll wait to see Bell on the field in August before buying fully into the "stronger than ever" bit.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 7/5/16 1:02pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell released a rap song in which he references needing '15 a year' and refers to himself as the top back in the NFL.
Huddle Up: Bell certainly has looked the part -- particularly in his 2,215-total-yard, 11-TD season of 2014 -- but the Steelers are likely going to have to see Bell play another full season after missing a combined 13 games over his first three campaigns due to health issues.
Darrius Heyward-Bey - WRPosted 7/1/16 8:24pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Darrius Heyward-Bey could remain high on the Steelers' depth chart this season, mainly due to his speed. Heyward-Bey has reached up to 25 miles per hour while running this offseason.
Huddle Up: DHB, who averaged a healthy 16.4 yards per reception (including the postseason) last year, is definitely an end-of-the-draft flyer who could pay off big time with the high-powered Steelers looking to replace the suspended Martavis Bryant this season.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 6/28/16 4:04pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) is optimistic to be ready by the third preseason game.
Huddle Up: It seems a little optimistic considering the RB wasn't injured until Week 8 last year, but let's see where we are come early August.
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