Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 4/23/15 11:20pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) said his knee is close to being 100 percent after injuring it in the regular-season finale.
Huddle Up: Although Bell missed the wild-card playoff loss to the Ravens, he suffered no real ligament damage. Oh, and don't forget that he'll also have an extra 3 weeks to recover with his season-opening personal-conduct suspension.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 4/22/15 3:20pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown said he is not participating in voluntary workouts because he is spending time with his newborn child. Brown said he will report to offseason workouts at some point and is looking forward to joining his teammates.
Huddle Up: It's not as if Brown is missing much; so long as he shows up in shape for training camp, he'll remain one of the top fantasy targets in the game.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 4/20/15 11:43am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown is seeking a new contract and could hold out from minicamps and training camp, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Tis the season for veterans to find a way out of minicamps. Brown is too valuable not to get paid--especially given what the Steelers have invested in Ben Roethlisberger. And so long as Brown is back catching passes from Big Ben by training camp, all is good.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 4/9/15 1:14pm ET
Updating an ongoing story, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell was suspended three games and fined an additional game check Thursday, April 9 after violating the league's substance abuse policy, according to league sources. He has appealed.
Huddle Up: Bell might be able to get the suspension knocked down to two games, but those fantasy GMs willing to use a high first-round pick on the RB might have to make do without their top pick for almost a fifth of the regular season if the penalty stands. That also means that newly signed DeAngelo Williams is the early favorite to open the season as the Steelers' starting RB. Start adjusting your draft board accordingly.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 4/7/15 7:48pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is expected to be suspended for the first two games of next season, according to sources. Bell is being suspended following an arrest last August for marijuana possession. Bell will be involved in a first-offender's program in which he will spend 15 months on probation. Bell faces a two-game suspension based on the terms of the NFL's new substance abuse policy.
Huddle Up: This will keep the Steelers' stud from going with the overall No. 1 pick in many drafts this summer, but rest assured he won't fall too far with visions of his 2,215-yard, 11-TD 2014 showing still fresh.
Darrius Heyward-Bey - WRPosted 3/26/15 5:07pm ET
Free-agent WR Darrius Heyward-Bey has re-signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Heyward-Bey signed a one-year deal with the team, but financial terms were not immediately disclosed.
Huddle Up: A somewhat surprising move on the surface after DHB had all of three catches for 33 years a year ago, but he was a solid contributor on special teams and will be there fighting for a back-end roster spot once again this summer.
James Harrison - LBPosted 3/22/15 4:12pm ET
Free-agent LB James Harrison (Steelers) signed a two-year deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday, March 22. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Harrison, who will turn 37 in May, had 47 total tackles and 5.5 sacks in 11 games for the Steelers last season and will reprise his role as a veteran leader/situational pass-rusher after also considering signing with Tennessee where former DC Dick LeBeau has signed on as an assistant.
Dri Archer - RBPosted 3/19/15 6:13pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Dri Archer will have a role on offense that will take advantage of his speed, but people have to be patient with his development, according to offensive coordinator Todd Haley. Archer could also be used as a kick returner next season.
Huddle Up: Archer, a 2014 third-round pick, deeply disappointed last season with only 17 touches and 63 yards as a late-round fantasy flyer and it's tough to envision where too many extra offensive touches are going to come from with the Steelers adding RB DeAngelo Williams and still possessing a solid top three at WR.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 3/2/15 6:31pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell could be suspended up to four games, according to the NFL's new substance-abuse policy. A two-game suspension is standard for a DUI resulting from the use of alcohol. However, Bell's DUI came from marijuana use, so he could be suspended for a longer period of time.
Huddle Up: Interesting to see how this one plays out, as it will be setting a precedent for future similar cases. Plan on Bell missing two games; if he misses a month, it will be that much more difficult to make him a top fantasy pick.
Lance Moore - WRPosted 3/2/15 6:31pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Lance Moore was released Monday, March 2.
Huddle Up: Moore was a bit contributor in Pittsburgh; his days as a fantasy helper may be behind him.
Darrius Heyward-Bey - WRPosted 3/1/15 5:14pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers impending free-agent WR Darrius Heyward-Bey will not re-sign with the Steelers this offseason.
Huddle Up: The 2009 No. 1 pick of the Raiders caught only three passes for 33 yards last season in Pittsburgh and it looks as if he'll have try to fight for another bottom-of-the-depth chart position with his fourth team in four years if his career is to continue.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 2/11/15 8:13pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is expected to be suspended for the first two games of the 2015 season as a result of his August arrest on marijuana charges, according to sources. Bell will spend 15 months on probation as part of the first-offender's program and will have his driver's license suspended for 60 days. RBs Josh D. Harris and Ben Tate took over when Bell missed the team's playoff loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
Huddle Up: Will an immediate two-game ding bump Bell out of the first round? That's a little more than 15% of most fantasy seasons. Look for Pittsburgh to find a better short-term fix than the Harris/Tate combo. And didn't LeGarrette Blount get arrested with Bell? Will his move to the Patriots allow him to miss out on the suspension? Asking for a friend...
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 2/10/15 11:58pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger's contract talks regarding an extension have begun on a preliminary basis, according to general manager Kevin Colbert.
Huddle Up: Big Ben, who will turn 33 in less than a month, is entering the final year of an eight-year, $102 million deal he signed in 2008 but the Steelers appear to be looking to lock up the QB for the rest of his career after he won the first passing title in franchise history last season while hitting career highs in passing yards (4,952) and completion percentage (67.1).
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 2/6/15 1:39pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell will spend 15 months on probation in a first-offender's program after his arrest last August for marijuana. He will also have his driver's license suspended for 60 days. Bell can petition the court to have his arrest record expunged if he finishes the probation program without incident. Defense attorney Robert Del Greco Jr. said that Bell will likely face up to a two-game NFL suspension.
Huddle Up: Hmmmm -- something to definitely keep an eye on as a 2-game ban could be enough to knock Bell out of the No. 1 overall slot in fantasy drafts next summer.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 1/29/15 4:03pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell has been able to work out despite ending the season with an injured knee. 'The knee is close to 100 percent,' Bell said. 'I'm probably about 85-90 percent, been able to run on it a little bit. So I'm getting back to work out a little.'
Huddle Up: With the whole offseason still to come, Bell will be fine and will be a worthy selection as the No. 1 overall pick in fantasy drafts next summer.
Martavis Bryant - WRPosted 1/10/15 12:30am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant, who had 26 catches, 549 yards and eight touchdowns in his rookie season, is eager to improve upon his numbers in his sophomore season in 2015. Bryant plans to work out with WR Antonio Brown this offseason in Miami. His eight touchdowns put him tied for fourth in the league among rookies.
Huddle Up: All that, and Bryant didn't play until Week 6. At 6-4, he's the red-zone target the Steelers need and serves as the perfect complement to Brown.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 1/10/15 10:30am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (knee) will not need surgery on his knee this offseason and should be able to have a normal offseason, according to his agent.
Huddle Up: Big Ben noted that this is the healthiest he's been heading into an offseason in several years, which certainly bodes well for a fast start when the 2015 campaign kicks off.
Todd Haley - OCPosted 1/8/15 4:37pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley recently signed a two-year contract extension that will run through the 2016 season.
Huddle Up: The Steelers ranked seventh in the league in scoring (27.3 ppg) and second in total yardage (411 ypg) in setting single-season franchise records behind the ultra-productive Ben Roethlisberger, Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown, and the franchise isn't about to mess to success. Hard to believe that Haley was on the hot seat only a year ago.
Mike Tomlin - HCPosted 1/7/15 3:26pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Matt Spaeth (elbow) likely will undergo surgery on his elbow this offseason, according to head coach Mike Tomlin.
Huddle Up: Spaeth should be ready to resume his backup duties to Heath Miller well in advance of training camp.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 1/6/15 2:04pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell's knee injury isn't expected to affect his offseason work. Head coach Mike Tomlin said Bell could have played this weekend if the team had advanced.
Huddle Up: Bell, who rolled up 2,215 yards from scrimmage and scored 11 TDs in his second season, will be the No. 1 overall pick in many re-draft leagues next summer.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 1/6/15 6:35pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger could have minor offseason surgery on his knee to get it cleaned up, according to head coach Mike Tomlin. Roethlisberger said he didn't suffer a concussion in the team's wild-card playoff loss to the Baltimore Ravens, and his hand is also fine.
Huddle Up: In going 408-of-608 for 4,952 yards, 32 TDs and 9 interceptions in 2014, Big Ben had his finest season and finished fifth among fantasy QBs with 378 points. With his pass-catching corps, he'll remain a solid QB1 prospect entering next season.
Troy Polamalu - SPosted 1/3/15 12:48am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers SS Troy Polamalu (knee) is expected to start at strong safety in the wild-card playoff game, but it is not known if he will lose some playing time to SS Will Allen.
Huddle Up: The 33-year-old Polamalu missed the final two regular-season contests and had 61 total tackles and no interceptions in 12 games this season.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 1/2/15 2:40pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) has been ruled out for the team's Wild Card game against the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday, Jan. 3. The Steelers are 0-3 and have averaged 14 points per game when Bell has not been in the lineup over the last two seasons.
Huddle Up: As feared, the AFC's yards from scrimmage leader will be a Saturday-night spectator, leaving the Steelers' RB duties to rookies Josh Harris and Dri Archer and the newly-signed Ben Tate.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 1/1/15 4:25pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) did not participate in practice Thursday, Jan. 1.
Huddle Up: That's two straight missed practices for Bell, but it's not completely unexpected as the final status decision on the RB might go all the way up to game time Saturday night.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 12/31/14 4:41pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) said he is feeling great, and is not walking with any discernible limp Wednesday, Dec. 31. Bell said he is taking it day by day.
Huddle Up: Bell suffered a hyperextended knee in the regular season finale. While the injury looked pretty bad when it happened this is positive news with regards to his availability for the Steelers' playoff game this weekend.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 12/31/14 4:41pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (illness) is a little hoarse Wednesday, Dec. 31, but his stomach is feeling much better after a bout with illness.
Huddle Up: We'll resist the temptation to make a pony joke; the news here is that Big Ben won't be feeling the urge to trot off the field intermittently to visit the restroom, and that's a positive for the Steelers' offense.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 12/30/14 2:13am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) didn't suffer ligament damage to his knee, an MRI exam confirmed Monday, Dec. 29, according to a source. However, it'll prove difficult for Bell to play in the wild card playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens, depending on how he feels.
Huddle Up: Sounds like a hyperextended knee for Bell, which long-term is excellent news. The more immediate concern is his availability for the Steelers' playoff game against Baltimore this weekend, and at present Pittsburgh remains optimistic as to his chances of playing.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 12/30/14 1:08pm ET
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) is likely out for the Wild Card Round playoff game Saturday, Jan. 3, in the opinion of Jason La Canfora.
Huddle Up: It's certainly going to be tough for Bell to play on a short week, and a combo of Josh Harris, Dri Archer and, possibly, Ben Tate (if he's signed) could be in the offing Saturday night against the Ravens.
Ben Tate - RBPosted 12/30/14 4:17pm ET
The Pittsburgh Steelers signed RB Ben Tate (Vikings) Tuesday, Dec. 30. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Tate, who only averaged 3.1 yards per carry on 119 combined attempts with the Browns and Vikings this season, could be the Steelers' main back Saturday night in the wild-card matchup with the stingy Ravens' run defense.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 12/29/14 9:24am ET
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) does not appear to have any structural damage in his knee, according to head coach Mike Tomlin.
Huddle Up: Big sigh of relief from the Steelers, as well as the fantasy community worried that next season's top pick might already be dealing with a question mark. We'll learn quickly how healthy he really is, as the Steelers host Baltimore Saturday evening in the first round of the playoffs.
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