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.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 12/26/14 11:22am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (knee) is not on the injury report after having his leg whipped in Week 16.
Huddle Up: As if there were any doubt Big Ben would play this week; at least this takes any of the potential hand-wringing of "will he or won't he" off the table.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 12/22/14 10:24am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (knee) suffered a knee injury in Week 16 but it isn't considered to be serious.
Huddle Up: With the AFC North title on the line next week against the Bengals, look for Big Ben to be on the field.
Heath Miller - TEPosted 12/19/14 3:52pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Heath Miller (non-injury) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 19, and is listed as probable for Week 16.
Huddle Up: Miller, who has 13 receptions for 151 yards and a TD over the last 3 games, will be out there as usual Sunday.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 12/16/14 12:59am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger and offensive coordinator Todd Haley are working very well together this season. With the game on the line late in the fourth quarter in Week 15 against the Atlanta Falcons, Haley gave Roethlisberger the freedom to decide between two different plays. The fact that Haley didn't insist on a run with a yard to gain shows how well the relationship between the coordinator and QB is going. Roethlisberger was 12-for-14 for 191 yards on plays in which the Falcons rushed at least five defenders, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger has already had a career year with 4,415 passing yards and should eclipse his marks for completions (9 short at 366), TD passes (3 short at 29) and passer rating (.7 off at 103.4). Yeah, we'd say that's "clicking."
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 12/14/14 8:50pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell has 2,043 total yards this season, eclipsing the team record of 2,034 previously held by former RB Barry Foster.
Huddle Up: Bell is arguably the best all-around running back in the NFL right now. He's the favorite to be the first overall selection in next year's fantasy drafts.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 12/3/14 6:13pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (wrist) said there is no broken bone in his right hand, despite rumors that speculated otherwise.
Huddle Up: Big Ben should be fine, but be wary of the tough matchup against a Cincy D that's allowing the fifth-fewest fantasy points to opposing QBs.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 12/2/14 4:35pm ET
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is the only player with at least 1,000 rushing yards and 600 receiving yards this year, but head coach Mike Tomlin isn't concerned about overworking the team's running back the way QB Ben Roethlisberger is. 'I'm not overly concerned about that,' Tomlin said. 'He's a highly conditioned guy, he's a mentally tough guy. Personally I think he's built for it. He's excited about having an opportunity to do that for us.'
Huddle Up: Only DeMarco Murray (288) and LeSean McCoy (243) have more rushing attempts, and only Matt Forte (78) has more receptions that his 65. But, hey, if the Steelers aren't concerned about the RB's workload, there's no way his fantasy owners should be -- especially since he's made it this far without issue. Keep saddling Bell up and riding him through the fantasy playoffs.
Martavis Bryant - WRPosted 11/28/14 5:54pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant (illness) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 28, and is listed as probable for Week 13.
Huddle Up: The rookie, who's coming off his first game without a TD in the last 5 weeks, will be out there Sunday against a shaky Saints defense.
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