Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 4/26/16 10:31pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) posted a video on Twitter showing himself dunking a basketball.
Huddle Up: Bell's keeper and dynasty-league owners surely took notice as should re-draft league owners who own top-three picks.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 4/21/16 10:19am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell tweeted that he was part of the initial round of random drug tests Wednesday, April 20.
Huddle Up: The league's offseason drug testing window opened Wednesday, and random or not Bell--suspended for a drug-related offense last season--had his number called. Given his record he may already be in the league's system and subject to more testing; otherwise he's cleared that hurdle for the season and can get down to the business of playing football... or whatever else he wants to do.
Bruce Gradkowski - QBPosted 4/19/16 10:05am ET
Free-agent QB Bruce Gradkowski (Steelers) is still an option for the Pittsburgh Steelers, but the team wants to see him throw before they sign him. Gradkowski missed the entire 2015 season because of a shoulder injury.
Huddle Up: Gradkowski is a proven short-term stopgap if Ben Roethlisberger goes down... but he needs to demonstrate he himself is healthy before reclaiming that role.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 4/5/16 3:47pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger has lost at least 15 pounds this offseason with a cardio regimen in an attempt to avoid joint pain and injuries.
Huddle Up: Big Ben is getting up there -- he turned 34 last month -- and improved fitness will only be a plus after he missed five starts and failed to play a full season last year for the first time since 2012.
Markus Wheaton - WRPosted 3/22/16 6:22pm ET
The Pittsburgh Steelers' No. 2 wide receiver job is up for grabs between WRs Markus Wheaton, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Sammie Coates this year, according to head coach Mike Tomlin. Wheaton seems like the favorite for the spot, but Tomlin also sees Coates as a potential breakout candidate in 2016.
Huddle Up: Wheaton's target and reception totals took slight dips from the previous season but he did finish 2015 with career highs in yards (749) and TD grabs (five). He's certainly the wideout to target for those looking to take fantasy advantage of the absences of WR Martavis Bryant (suspension) and TE Heath Miller (retirement) next season.
Sammie Coates - WRPosted 3/21/16 12:20am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Sammie Coates will be one of the next men up in light of WR Martavis Bryant's year-long suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. There is no urgency to sign or draft another wide receiver, according to general manager Kevin Colbert, who said they feel good about Coates.
Huddle Up: If the 2015 third-round pick blossoms, it essentially will be out of nowhere as he had all of one catch for 11 yards in seven games during the regular season. Given the Steelers' offense, though, and their penchant for developing little-known wideouts of late, definitely don't count Coates out.
Jordan Todman - RBPosted 3/18/16 7:27pm ET
Free-agent RB Jordan Todman (Steelers) agreed to terms with the Indianapolis Colts Friday, March 18. Terms of the contract were not immediately disclosed.
Huddle Up: Todman is a career journeyman who joins recently-signed Robert Turbin on the depth chart behind soon-to-be-33-year-old starter Frank Gore.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 3/17/16 10:39am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) is taking a conservative approach with his rehabilitation process. Bell hasn't done much more than jogging just four months after tearing his medial collateral ligament. Bell said the only thing he hasn't been cleared for is cutting and sprinting. There is still no timetable for Bell's return, but Bell's goal is to be 100% when he plays. 'I feel like I am going to be a better player at the end of this and that's what I want,' Bell said.
Huddle Up: The modified timetable for returning from an ACL injury suggests that Bell should be ready for the start of the 2016 season, but fantasy owners will need to monitor his progress in August to feel good about using potentially the first overall pick on Bell.
Martavis Bryant - WRPosted 3/15/16 10:17am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant has accepted his one-year suspension from the NFL and will begin serving it immediately, according to a source. The suspension will span an entire calendar year under NFL rules governing suspended players. Bryant had originally planned to appeal the suspension. He was suspended last year for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. This second offense included missing several scheduled drug tests, having a diluted specimen and a failed drug test for marijuana.
Huddle Up: Dynasty owners need to put Bryant on hiatus and hope he doesn't follow the path of Justin Blackmon (and Josh Gordon?) right out of the league. The Steelers have Markus Wheaton and Sammie Coates to compete for Bryant's snaps and some fantasy upside in the high-powered Pittsburgh offense, though the more simple solution for Pittsburgh might be to devote larger shares to Antonio Bryant and Le'Veon Bell.
Martavis Bryant - WRPosted 3/13/16 2:47pm ET
Updating previous reports, Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant plans to check into rehab and undergo evaluation for depression, according to one of his agents, Brian Fettner. Fettner confirmed Bryant is appealing his suspension, though getting it overturned is seen as a long shot. It stems from multiple missed drug tests, Fettner said, while also acknowledging Bryant has a problem with marijuana. 'We're all stunned, me included,' Fettner said. 'We clearly miscalculated the issue. His isn't a party issue. It's a coping issue and a depression issue, and he's got to take care of it.'
Huddle Up: Here's hoping one of the game's most dynamic talents -- a career 17.3-yard-per-reception average and 14 TD receptions in 21 career games -- can get his off-field life straightened out.
Martavis Bryant - WRPosted 3/12/16 5:02pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is expected to have one less target to throw to in 2016 with WR Martavis Bryant facing a year-long suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.
Huddle Up: Martavis has entered rehab and his issues go beyond merely immature partying. The loss of Bryant hurts the Steelers passing game but may actually keep Antonio Bryant on his insane pace of catches from last year.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 3/1/16 5:39pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) has been cleared to begin running Tuesday, March 1.
Huddle Up: Good sign for Bell and the Steelers are hopeful -- every team is regarding major injuries at this point -- that he'll be ready for the start of the regular season, and have capable backup DeAngelo Williams waiting in the wings if he isn't.
Jesse James - TEPosted 2/21/16 10:55pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Jesse James could have a bigger role next season in light of TE Heath Miller's retirement. James is ready for the challenge. 'I feel really comfortable with everything. I know the team has confidence in me to get the job done,' James said. 'It is my time to step up and handle business and make sure they are comfortable with me to be able to fill in and take over.'
Huddle Up: James, a fifth-round pick out of Penn State, caught eight passes for 56 yards and a TD as a rookie last season and will certainly be in line for more work. Expect, however, the Steelers to add a tight end through free agency and/or the draft as well.
Heath Miller - TEPosted 2/19/16 2:27pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Heath Miller has announced his retirement Friday, Feb. 19.
Huddle Up: The 33-year-old Miller has called it quits after 11 NFL seasons -- logging at least 40 receptions and 500 yards in each of the last nine as a dependable security blanket for Ben Roethlisberger. With only blocking tight end Matt Spaeth and 2015 fifth-round pick Jesse James of note remaining on the Steelers' TE depth chart, the position suddenly is a much-greater position of need this offseason.
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.
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