Martavis Bryant - WRPosted 2/9/16 7:25pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant is working out in Los Angeles this offseason, and he's talking to a counselor via phone once a week. Bryant was suspended four games last season for multiple failed drug tests.
Huddle Up: Bryant struggled down the stretch in the regular season, but the Steelers are hoping his troubles are behind him and that his strong playoff performance -- 14 receptions-183 yards-TD and 3-84-1 rushing -- will be what carries over to next season.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 2/7/16 12:32pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) said he has not been cleared to run at this time. Bell suffered a torn medial collateral ligament during the season.
Huddle Up: Time is still very much on Bell's side, and we'll most definitely monitor his progress throughout the offseason.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 1/29/16 9:34am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell won't receive a 'break-bank offer' this offseason, according to beat writer Ed Bouchette.
Huddle Up: The Steelers may have trouble fitting a Bell extension under the cap this season, but they have stated he's in their long-range plans. However, a back with both injuries and suspensions on his permanent record may not be viewed as the best bet for a long-term financial commitment so don't be surprised if the Steelers slow-play this one a little bit.
Martavis Bryant - WRPosted 1/29/16 9:55pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant has the chance to become a better player but needs to avoid any off-field problems this offseason, according to team president Art Rooney II. Rooney said the team hopes Bryant's four-game suspension to start the season will have an impact on him.
Huddle Up: Bryant isn't the first young player -- he just turned 24 in December -- to deal with off-field maturity issues, but his on-field performance in the playoffs (14 catches-183-one TD; 3-84 and a TD rushing) has to make the Steelers confident heading into the offseason.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 1/29/16 10:07pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger has not shown any decline in his play and is expected to play several more seasons, according to team president Art Rooney II. Rooney said the team is not looking to start grooming their next starting quarterback at this point.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger missed a start -- five of them in fact -- this past season for the first time in three years but hit career highs with 408 completions, 4,952 yards and 32 TDs in his last full season in 2014. Definitely no worries yet, as better health across the offensive board next season in the Steel City should put the team in Super Bowl contention.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 1/28/16 10:18pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is entering a contract year, and team president Art Rooney said he would like Bell's football future to be in Pittsburgh.
Huddle Up: There's no doubting Bell's talent, but his future earnings are very much linked to his health as he's missed a combined 13 games over his first three seasons.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 1/19/16 3:49pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (shoulder) said he will not need surgery on his right shoulder in the offseason. He will take some time off in the next few weeks to let the injury heal. 'From what I've been told by Doc (James) Bradley, no surgery,' Roethlisberger said. 'The ligaments will scar up and heal on their own. The only thing he could foresee possibly down the road is cleaning out the arthritis and scars. I don't foresee any surgeries anytime soon.' He also said he took a pain-killing shot Friday, Jan. 15, and probably wouldn't have gotten through the divisional round without it.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger played above and beyond expectations Sunday, completing 64.8 percent of his passes and throwing for 339 yards in the loss to the Broncos, and the soon-to-be-34-year-old QB will rest up and hope for a healthier 2016 after missing a career-most five starts this past season.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 1/17/16 12:33pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger's (shoulder) arm isn't expected to be at full strength, but he'll have the whole playbook available Sunday, Jan. 17, in the divisional round against the Denver Broncos.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger is a true warrior and isn't missing this game, but definitely don't expect anything close to his usual numbers given his injury, the absence of top target Antonio Brown and the road matchup against the Denver D.
Michael Vick - QBPosted 1/17/16 3:32pm ET
The Pittsburgh Steelers have declared WR Antonio Brown, OT Byron Stingily, RB DeAngelo Williams, CB Doran Grant, DE L.T. Walton, QB Michael Vick, FB Will Johnson inactive for Week 19.
Huddle Up: The Steelers must have some confidence in Big Ben's health as they'll go with only Landry Jones as a backup after most speculation had Pittsburgh keeping all three QBs active for the game.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 1/17/16 10:32pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger completed 24-of-37 passes for 339 yards in a 23-16 loss to the Denver Broncos in the divisional round of the playoffs Sunday, Jan. 17.
Huddle Up: Despite the concerns over his injured shoulder and the absence of top target Antonio Brown, Big Ben topped 300 yards for the ninth time in 13 games this season and is still the only QB to go over 300 yards -- doing it twice -- against the Broncos' top-ranked passing D.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 1/15/16 9:43am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown has been ruled out of the divisional-round playoff game Sunday, Jan. 17 in Denver with a concussion.
Huddle Up: As feared, the league's leading pass-catcher was unable to clear the concussion protocol after his late-game injury last Saturday and will miss his first game since 2012. It's another massive blow for the Steelers who have dealt with far too many of them this season (Ben Roethlisberger, Le'Veon Bell). Obviously, look for the team to rely more on Markus Wheaton and Martavis Bryant on Sunday, but there's simply no way to replace an elite talent like Brown. And, by the way, Adam Jones most definitely now owes Brown and the Steelers an apology for his obviously ludicrous fake-injury claim.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 1/15/16 2:09pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (shoulder) is listed as questionable for the divisional game against the Denver Broncos on Sunday, Jan. 17.
Huddle Up: Reports say Big Ben put in a full practice Friday and threw "briefly," but there will some definite questions as to how he'll effective be until we see him throw Sunday afternoon. Throw in a road game without all-world WR Antonio Brown against the rugged Broncos defense, and it's not exactly looking promising for Roethlisberger's fantasy prospects.
DeAngelo Williams - RBPosted 1/15/16 2:09pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams (foot) has been ruled out for the divisional game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, Jan. 17.
Huddle Up: As expected, Williams will be unable to give it a go for the second straight week, leaving the Pittsburgh ground game on the shoulders of Fitzgerald Toussaint and Jordan Todman, who did combine to total 183 total yards, including 123 rushing on 28 carries, in last week's wild-card win over the Bengals.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 1/14/16 11:38am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown (concussion) has reportedly told at least one teammate that he has felt concussion symptoms, but he is hopeful they'll subside in time to pass concussion protocol for the AFC Divisional Round playoff game against the Denver Broncos.
Huddle Up: Adam Jones isn't the only one who thinks that when push comes to shove Brown will be on the field for the Steelers' playoff game in Denver.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 1/14/16 5:44pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (shoulder) put in a limited practice Thursday, Jan. 14.
Huddle Up: Big Ben isn't expected to try to throw or full practice until Friday, but even that remains a wait-and-see proposition.
DeAngelo Williams - RBPosted 1/13/16 12:37am ET
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams (ankle) doesn't need to practice this week in order to play this weekend, according to head coach Mike Tomlin.
Huddle Up: Practice or not, it's not looking good for Williams, who out of state visiting a foot specialist earlier this week. See if there's any better news as we get closer to game day.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 1/12/16 9:18am ET
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (shoulder) has a separated right shoulder. He is still expected to try and play in the AFC Divisional Round playoff game against the Denver Broncos this weekend, but it depends on extent of damage.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger played shortly after suffering the injury so he can clearly play through the pain. But Landry Jones needs to be ready because the Broncos will bring plenty of pressure on Big Ben and the goal will certainly be to hit him frequently.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 1/12/16 9:18am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown (concussion) does not appear to have a good chance to play in the divisional round playoff game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, Jan. 17, according to a source.
Huddle Up: While Brown remains in the league's concussion protocol, early reports were that he was expected to play. Guess we'll have to wait until later in the week to see if Brown clears the protocol; otherwise, look for Martavis Bryant, Markus Wheaton and Darius Hayward-Bey to be pushed into bigger roles in Pittsburgh's passing game.
DeAngelo Williams - RBPosted 1/12/16 9:18am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams' (ankle) chances of playing against the Denver Broncos this weekend aren't looking good, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Williams saw a foot specialist and must not have received very good news given these reports. Looks like the Steelers will be forced to Fitzgerald Toussaint and Jordan Todman once again.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 1/12/16 1:54pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger said Tuesday, Jan. 12 that he a sprained AC joint and torn ligaments in his right shoulder and isn't sure if he'll be able to play against the Denver Broncos in the divisional round Sunday, Jan. 17. 'It didn't hurt when I reached back to throw,' Roethlisberger said of his heroic late-game drive. 'But it was pushing forward to throw and then the end of the throw. So I definitely felt like I was shortening up my motion up a little bit, which is why we threw some screens, and couldn't really get the ball down the field. … I think it just more affected how I could throw it.' He's unsure how much he'll do in practice this week.
Huddle Up: See how his practice week goes, but it still wouldn't be surprising if the warrior veteran QB starts on Sunday. His effectiveness, though, particularly on deeper passes, likely will be an issue.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 1/10/16 2:35pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is scheduled to undergo an MRI on his injured shoulder Sunday, Jan. 10. The initial belief is that Rothlisberger is dealing with a sprained AC joint.
Huddle Up: Big Ben is as tough as they come -- witness him returning to lead the Steelers' game-winning drive Saturday in Cincy -- but he clearly did not have a full range of throwing motion, and right now it definitely looks like it will be touch and go leading up to next Sunday's divisional-round game in Denver.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 1/10/16 2:40pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown suffered a concussion on a late-game hit from Cincinnati Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict in their wild-card matchup Saturday, Jan. 9.
Huddle Up: The NFL's receiving leader took a wicked hit to the helmet, and has landed in the concussion protocol. He'll have an extra day to recover with the Steelers not in action until Sunday afternoon in the divisional round, and we'll closely monitor his progress throughout the week.
DeAngelo Williams - RBPosted 1/8/16 12:38pm ET
Updating previous reports, Pittsburgh Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams (ankle) has been ruled out for the wild-card game Saturday, Jan. 9.
Huddle Up: A big loss for the Steelers as Williams has stood out replacing Le'Veon Bell, reaching double-digit fantasy points in nine of his 10 starts this season. Expect Fitzgerald Toussaint to start and get most of the work Saturday in Cincy with Jordan Todman also mixed in.
Martavis Bryant - WRPosted 1/8/16 3:54pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant (neck) fully participated in practice Friday, Jan. 8, and is listed as probable for the wild-card game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday, Jan. 9.
Huddle Up: Bryant has been a full participant all week and should definitely play Saturday night in Cincy. He'll also be looking to break out of a funk, which has seen catch only two passes for six yards over the last two games.
Martavis Bryant - WRPosted 1/7/16 9:47am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant (neck) put in a full practice Wednesday, Jan. 6.
Huddle Up: After being called out by teammates for needing to play through the pain at this critical time of year, did you expect anything less from Bryant? He'll be back in the mix for the Steelers for Wild Card Weekend, and his presence will be even more important with the Steelers' ground game banged up.
DeAngelo Williams - RBPosted 1/7/16 4:26pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Fitzgerald Toussaint is preparing as if he'll start in the wild-card game this weekend against the Cincinnati Bengals with RB DeAngelo Williams (foot) still in a walking boot and unable to practice again Thursday, Jan. 7. Toussaint had 18 carries for just 42 yards in the regular season, but his teammates have confidence that he can get the job done if Williams can't play. 'I take pride in my work ethic,' said Toussaint. 'I go out there every day and put it all on the line. I will be ready if my number is called. I hope DeAngelo is good, but I have to be ready to take on that task.'
Huddle Up: It's shades of last season's wild-card round for the Steelers, who were without their top RB (Le'Veon Bell) due to a Week 17 injury. See if there is any better Williams news Friday, but if not prepare for the second-year undrafted Toussaint to get the call Saturday night against Cincy.
Jordan Todman - RBPosted 1/5/16 9:12am ET
The Pittsburgh Steelers intend to use RBs Fitzgerald Toussaint, Jordan Todman and FB Will Johnson to fill the void in the AFC Wild Card Game against the Cincinnati Bengals Saturday, Jan. 9, if RB DeAngelo Williams (ankle) is not available.
Huddle Up: This appears to be a big step down, but the system allowed Williams to put up Le'Veon Bell numbers when he filled in for the injured starter so don't discount this group just yet. Toussaint would appear to be the most viable fantasy option, but all this really does is put even more emphasis on Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and the Pittsburgh passing game.
DeAngelo Williams - RBPosted 1/5/16 9:12am ET
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams (ankle) has a chance, albeit a small one, to play in the AFC Wild Card Game Saturday, Jan. 9, against the Cincinnati Bengals, a team source said Monday, Jan. 4. The team does not intend to sign a veteran running back for the postseason.
Huddle Up: Most of the medical news on Williams was positive in that it wasn't a long-term injury, but getting him ready to go for Saturday may be a tall order. Jordan Todman and Fitzgerald Toussaint are slated to fill in if necessary.
Martavis Bryant - WRPosted 1/5/16 4:39pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant needs to toughen up, according to QB Ben Roethlisberger. 'You've got to get tough, you've got to make tough plays and you've got to make tough catches and you have to find ways to do everything you can to help this team,' Roethlisberger said in regards to Bryant. Bryant did leave last week's game early with a neck strain.
Huddle Up: Bryant finished the regular-season with a whimper, catching only two passes for six yards over the last two games, and he'll need to step up with fellow WR Antonio Brown figuring to attract plenty of defensive attention in Saturday night's wild-card clash.
DeAngelo Williams - RBPosted 1/5/16 4:39pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams (foot) is in a walking boot and remains day-to-day, according to head coach Mike Tomlin. Williams' injury could have kept him out for several weeks during the regular season, but it's an injury he'll try to play through during the playoffs.
Huddle Up: It's going to be tough -- especially on a short week -- as the Steelers might have to play the wild-card round without their top regular-season rusher for the second-straight season. See what -- if anything -- Williams is able to do in practice.
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