Description: Pittsburgh running back Le'Veon Bell (concussion) was a full participant in Thursday's practice and says he is fine, according to Scott Brown of espn.com.
Insight: Bell was knocked unconscious and suffered a concussion on Thanksgiving when he was hit in the head while attempting to dive into the end zone against the Ravens. However, he has passed all tests to this point and should be able to play Sunday against Miami.
Description: According to Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL.com, Pittsburgh running back Le'Veon Bell (concussion) was a full participant at Wednesday's practice.
Insight: Bell was knocked unconscious and suffered a concussion on Thanksgiving when he was hit in the head while attempting to dive into the end zone against the Ravens. However, he's expected to start in Week 14 against the Dolphins.
Description: Steelers rookie running back Le'Veon Bell suffered an apparent head injury late of the fourth quarter of Thursday night's game against Baltimore.
Insight: Fantasy owners were robbed of a touchdown on the play in question when Bell's helmet flew off as he was falling over the goal line. A new rule signals the end of the play at the moment the helmet comes off costing fantasy owners a score.
Description: Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (foot) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice, according to Scott Petrak of chroniclet.com.
Insight: Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that Sanders would be limited in practice this week, so his full participation Wednesday is a sign that his foot injury is even less serious than the team thought. Sanders is only a fantasy option in PPR leagues.
Description: Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders said his foot injury isn't serious, according to ESPN.com.
Insight: Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Sanders will be limited in practice this week but he is "encouraged" about his status for Sunday's game against the Browns. Sanders is only a fantasy option in PPR leagues.
Description: Steelers receiver Antonio Brown had his second straight 100-yard game Sunday against the Lions.
Insight: Brown also had his second two-TD game of the year and finished with seven receptions for 147 yards on 13 targets. The 5-foot-10 receiver leads the NFL with 74 catches and is on pace for 118 receptions, 1,523 yards and eight scores.
Description: The Steelers have parted ways with running back Isaac Redman.
Insight: Redman began the year as the starter but inconsistency quickly landed him on the bench. Le'Veon Bell has since taken over as the starter with Felix Jones getting some work in on third downs. Redman could make sense for the Buccaneers with Doug Martin likely out for the season (torn labrum).
Description: Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer has a partially torn ACL, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.
Insight: Hoyer came down awkwardly on his right leg after running for a first down in the first quarter of Thursday's game. He'll get a second opinion, but his season appears to be over. It's too bad as he had just led the Browns to two consecutive victories and was playing at a very high level.
Description: Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer will not return to Thursday's game due to a right knee injury, reports Alex Flanagan of NFL Network.
Insight: Hoyer came down awkwardly on his right leg after running for a first down in the first quarter. The team is fearful he tore ligaments in his right knee and will send him for an MRI. A serious knee injury would be devastating for the career backup, who went 2-0 in his first two starts with Cleveland and looked like a potentially viable starting quarterback.
Description: Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer left Thursday's game against the Bills in the first quarter with a right knee injury.
Insight: Hoyer came down awkwardly on his right leg after running for a first down. He was helped to the bench and then walked to the locker room under his own power after being checked out. It's back to Brandon Weeden for Cleveland.
Description: Pittsburgh rookie Markus Wheaton had surgery to repair a broken pinkie and is questionable to play in Week 6, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. The Steelers have a bye in Week 5.
Insight: Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Wednesday that they will not evaluate Wheaton until he has his stitches removed. The rookie's snap count has risen every week and he had a season-high 36 snaps in Week 4 against the Vikings, but he is still fourth on the receiver depth chart and has only been targeted six times.
Description: Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger has accumulated 789 passing yards over the last two games.
Insight: The Steelers defense has really struggled the last two weeks, forcing the offense to play catch-up. After throwing for 383 yards, one TD and one INT Sunday against the Vikings, Roethlisberger is averaging 308 passing yards per game with a 5-5 TD-INT ratio.
Description: Steelers receiver Antonio Brown saw 13 targets from Ben Roethlisberger Sunday against the Vikings and caught 12 of them. However, he only had 88 yards receiving.
Insight: Fantasy owners in PPR leagues likely feel much different about Brown's day than those who play with standard settings. Nevertheless, Brown has been targeted 26 times over the last two games and is a must-start WR2 in all formats.
Description: Steelers rookie running back Le'Veon Bell touched the ball 20 times, had 84 yards from scrimmage and scored two touchdowns in his NFL debut Sunday versus the Steelers.
Insight: Bell missed the first three games with a sprained foot, but the Steelers threw the second-round pick right into the mix in his first game. Pittsburgh's other running backs combined for four carries for 10 yards. Bell should be a workhorse going forward, which makes him a reliable RB2.
Description: Steelers rookie running back Le'Veon Bell (foot), who was a full participant in Friday's practice, is active for the Week 4 game versus Minnesota.
Insight: The Pittsburgh offense is struggling, particularly the running game and look to be determined to see if Bell is the answer. We're not sure if he is, but he's got a better chance to turn around the ground attack than anyone else on the Steelers' current roster.
Description: Steelers rookie running back Le'Veon Bell (foot) was a full participant in Friday's practice and appears to be in line with his first NFL start.
Insight: The Pittsburgh offense is struggling, particularly the running game and the look to be determined to see if Bell is the answer. We're not sure if he is, but he's got a better chance to turn around the ground attack than anyone else on the Steelers' current roster.
Description: The Steelers have not given the official word, but Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports rookie running back Le'Veon Bell (foot) will start Sunday against the Vikings.
Insight: Bell is expected to make his NFL debut Sunday after missing the first three games with a sprained foot, and the team isn't wasting any time getting him involved after an 0-3 start. If he's officially announced as the starter, bump him up to a mid-level flex play.
Description: Steelers rookie running back Le'Veon Bell says his foot is 100 percent, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Insight: Bell is expect to make his NFL debut Sunday against the Vikings after missing the first three games with a sprained foot. The rookie should eventually take over as the lead back but he's a risky flex option Sunday given his uncertain role and Pittsburgh's ineptitude on offense.
Description: Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that rookie running back Le'Veon Bell (foot) will play in Week 4, according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Insight: That doesn't mean Bell will start, but given Pittsburgh's offensive issues the Steelers might want to get Bell as many touches as he can handle right off the bat. He's a low-end flex option for Week 4, but he could emerge as a solid option.
Description: Brian Hoyer overcame three interceptions to lead the Browns to victory Sunday in his first start of the 2013 season.
Insight: He tossed three touchdown passes, all to tight end Jordan Cameron. The 321 yards Hoyer racked up through the air were a career-high. It seems likely that he'll start again next week, regardless of Brandon Weeden's availability.
Description: Cleveland QB Brian Hoyer could overtake Brandon Weeden for the starting job if he plays well Sunday against the Vikings. SOURCE: Ian Rapoport, NFL.com
Insight: The Browns shook things up by changing their running back situation earlier this week and now it looks like they're about to do the same thing at quarterback. Hoyer probably won't be a fantasy option as he's only thrown for 616 yards and two touchdowns in 15 career games. His combined quarterback rating in those games is just 72.2.
Description: Steelers rookie running back Le'Veon Bell (foot) will not play Week 3, according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Insight: Bell put in a limited practice Wednesday and fully participated Thursday and Friday, so he might be able to play next week. The Steelers will go with Felix Jones, Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer again Sunday night against the Bears, and fantasy owners can ignore this running back situation until Bell returns to action.
Description: Pittsburgh tight end Heath Miller practiced fully for the third straight day on Friday and he could play Sunday night against Chicago.
Insight: Miller had been having a career year in 2012 before a torn ACL ended his season in Week 16. Now almost nine months removed from surgery, it looks like his knee is finally healthy again. Expect him to play a role in Sunday's game against the Bears, though he may be on a play limit.
Description: Steelers rookie running back Le'Veon Bell (foot) was a participant in practice again on Friday.
Insight: Bell returned to a limited practice Wednesday but admitted that his foot sprain was still in the "healing process." However, his full participation in practice Thursday and Friday is a sign that he might be ready to play by Week 4.
Description: Steelers rookie running back Le'Veon Bell (foot) surprisingly put in a full practice session Thursday, according to Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Insight: Bell returned to a limited practice Wednesday but admitted that his foot sprain was still in the "healing process." However, his full participation in practice is a sign that he might be ready to play by Week 4.
Description: Steelers rookie running back Le'Veon Bell (foot) put in a limited practice Wednesday but says he is "still in the healing process." SOURCE: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Insight: "I don't want to rush it ... For now, I'm making sure I'm confident enough to go out there and make all the proper cuts, that I can completely stop when I need to with a burst and jump," Bell said. We expect the rookie to be out until after the Steelers' Week 5 bye.
Description: Pittsburgh tight end Heath Miller practiced fully on Wednesday and he may be given the green light to play Sunday night against Chicago. SOURCE: Mark Kaboly, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Insight: Miller had been having a career year in 2012 before a torn ACL ended his season in Week 16. Now almost nine months removed from surgery, it looks like his knee is finally healthy again. Expect him to play a significant role in Sunday's game against the Bears, especially if the Steelers get behind and are forced to air it out in the second half.
Description: Pittsburgh wideout Antonio Brown and OC Todd Haley apparently had a first-half confrontation Monday night, according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Insight: Brown was upset over seeing just three first-half targets. He finished with nine targets, tied with Jerricho Cotchery and one behind Emmanuel Sanders. Given that Brown is the most talented receiver of the trio, we wouldn't expect this even ratio to continue. The squeaky wheel gets the grease.
Description: Steelers rookie running back Le'Veon Bell will "ramp up" activity this week, according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Insight: That still doesn't mean he'll be ready to go in Week 3, but does mean the sight of the inept Steelers offense on Monday night has the coaching staff worried. We still think Bell's more likely return is Week 5.
Description: Steelers tight end Heath Miller is practicing on a limited basis, but is not expected to play in Week 2.
Insight: Miller tore his ACL at the tail end of last season and is expected to make his 2013 debut around Week 6. The 30-year-old generated a new career-high in receiving yards last season (816 yards in 15 games).
Description: According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Steelers rookie running back Le'Veon Bell's foot injury is now being classified as a Lisfranc injury and he could be out for at least another month.
Insight: Bell said last week he hoped to play in Week 2 against the Bengals, but it looks like he'll be out well into October.
Description: Bob Labriola of Steelers Digest predicts Le'Veon Bell (foot) will miss Monday's game against the Titans and won't return until after the Week 5 bye.
Insight: We were optimistic after coach Mike Tomlin said that a lack of practice time and not necessarily the foot sprain was what kept Bell out of Week 1, but Bell hasn't even returned to individual drills yet, much less team practices.
Description: Steelers running back Isaac Redman will start Monday against the Bengals despite his terrible performance in Week 1, according to ESPN.com.
Insight: Redman fumbled twice and only had nine yards on eight carries Sunday against the Titans. Time and time again, he has failed to impress when he gets an opportunity, so we don't expect much Monday. Le'Veon Bell (foot) will eventually return to the starting job.
Description: The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed center Fernando Velasco to help the offensive line which lost Maurkice Pouncey on Sunday.
Insight: Pouncey tore his right ACL and MCL and will miss the remainder of the season. A three-time Pro Bowler, Pouncey's loss is going to hurt the fantasy production of everyone on the Steelers' offense.
Description: Steelers running back Isaac Redman accounted for just 16 yards from scrimmage on 10 touches Sunday.
Insight: Redman had eight carries for nine yards and two catches for seven. The running back failed to impress as a starter last season so we shouldn't expect him to break out now. Le'Veon Bell could be back as soon as Week 2 from his foot injury.
Description: Pittsburgh center Maurkice Pouncey tore his right ACL and MCL Sunday in a loss to Tenneessee. SOURCE: Scott Brown, ESPN
Insight: Obviously, he's done for the season. It's a huge blow to the Steelers offensive line, which wasn't that strong to begin with. After managing just one touchdown on Sunday, it looks like the Steelers could be in for a long season.
Description: Steelers tailback LaRod Stephens-Howling left Sunday's opener with a knee injury and will not return.
Insight: Stephens-Howling was just starting to get going after replacing an ineffective Isaac Redman and Felix Jones. He had rushed for 19 yards on six carries and caught a pair of ballas for another 11 yards. The Steelers are generating zero offense today.
Description: Steelers tight end Heath Miller is officially listed as doubtful, but is not expected to play for a couple of weeks at best.
Insight: Miller tore his ACL at the tail end of last season and is practicing on a limited basis. The 30-year-old generated a new career-high in receiving yards last season (816 yards in 15 appearances).
Description: According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin made it a point to say that a lack of practice time and not necessarily the injury is preventing running back Le'Veon Bell (foot) from playing in Week 1.
Insight: Bell has been ruled out for the season opener against the Titans with a foot sprain but he could return as early as Week 2. The injury is not nearly as serious as the team initially feared. Isaac Redman will start Week 1, but Tomlin said veterans Felix Jones and LaRod Stephens-Howling will get work as well.
Description: Contrary to some earlier reports, Steelers running back Isaac Redman will be the starter while Le'Veon Bell (foot) is out, not the newly-acquired Felix Jones, according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Insight: Jones logged 402 yards on 111 attempts last season with Dallas. With Bell likely to return by Week 3, Jones' opportunity to play in Pittsburgh will be limited and fantasy owners should not be jumping on his bandwagon.
Description: Contrary to some earlier reports, Steelers running back Isaac Redman will be the starter while Le'Veon Bell (foot) is out, not the newly-acquired Felix Jones, according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Insight: Bouchette is usually plugged in to what's going on with the Steelers. Redman rushed for 410 yards and two touchdowns on 110 carries (3.7 ypc) and started in last year's opener when Rashard Mendenhall went down with a knee injury.
Description: According to Bob Labriola of Steelers Digest, running back Le'Veon Bell (foot) said that he is going to try to be back for Week 2, but added that he isn't making any promises.
Insight: Bell said he wants to make sure he's 100 percent before he does anything, so we would be surprised if he's back before Week 3. The running back did say that his sprained foot has allowed his knee to get 100 percent healthy. Bell's ADP has dropped from Round 3 to 7 since Aug. 20, but he's now a good value pick.
Description: The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review is suggesting that Steelers tight end Heath Miller could return to game action in about a month or so.
Insight: He wasn't placed on the PUP list, which is obviously a good sign. Miller tore his ACL at the tail end of last season and still isn't practicing. The 30-year-old generated a new career-high in receiving yards last season (816 yards in 15 appearances).
Description: The Steelers have activated Heath Miller from the active/PUP list.
Insight: Miller still might miss all of September after suffering a tear of three ligaments in his knee last season, but the Steelers are keeping their options open. If they placed him on the reserve/PUP list, he would have to miss the first six weeks.
Description: According to the Washington Post-Observer, Steelers rookie tailback Le'Veon Bell is already out of his walking boot.
Insight: There is still no official timetable for his return from a foot sprain, but most guesses have it at around six weeks. Jonathan Dwyer, Isaac Redman and Felix Jones will man the backfield while Bell is out.
Description: According to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Steelers TE Heath Miller (knee) is likely to come off the PUP list prior to Saturday's deadline.
Insight: Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Miller is looking "great," but after suffering a tear of three ligaments in his knee last season, Miller's timeline is still uncertain. There are plenty of tight ends who can offer the same production as a healthy Miller, so there's no reason to rely on him in standard one-TE formats. Even if Miller comes off the PUP list, there's no guarantee he'll be ready for Week 1, 2 or 3.
Description: Steelers running back Isaac Redman will be the starter while Le'Veon Bell (foot) is out, according to Dale Lolley of observer-reporter.com.
Insight: Redman remains ahead of Jonathan Dwyer, LaRod Stephens-Howling and Felix Jones on the depth chart, but he doesn't have much fantasy appeal during the 3-4 weeks Bell is likely to miss. In 14 games last season (five starts), Redman rushed for 410 yards and two touchdowns on 110 carries (3.7 ypc).
Description: Philadelphia traded halfback Felix Jones to Pittsburgh on Friday. SOURCE: Adam Caplan, ESPN
Insight: The Eagles acquired linebacker Adrian Robinson to complete the swap. Jones, who wouldn't have factored in the offense had he stayed in Philly, should get a decent amount of carries while rookie Le'Veon Bell is recovering from a torn ligament in his right foot. Jones logged 402 yards on 111 attempts last season with Dallas.
Description: According to Scott Brown of ESPN.com, Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin said during a press conference Wednesday that Le'Veon Bell has a mid-foot sprain and not a tear associated with a Lisfranc injury. He won't require surgery and Tomlin says the team is encouraged by developments over the last 48 to 72 hours.
Insight: Tomlin refused to offer a long-term timetable, only saying that he won't play in the third preseason game against the Chiefs Saturday. Even without the surgery, fantasy owners should expect to be without Bell for at least a month.
Description: According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Steelers running back Jonathan Dwyer started training camp behind Isaac Redman on the depth chart because he reported to camp weighing around 260 pounds.
Insight: Dwyer is down 25 pounds after coach Mike Tomlin chided him for his lack of conditioning and has rushed for 83 yards on 20 carries this preseason. With rookie Le'Veon Bell out at least six weeks, the Steelers will be forced to turn back to Redman and Dwyer, who both underwhelmed last season and aren't recommended fantasy options.
Description: According to Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com, doctors are projecting an absence of 6-8 weeks for Steelers rookie running back Le'Veon Bell due to a Lisfranc injury.
Insight: The team is hopeful he'll be able to return without undergoing surgery. Pittsburgh was ready to hand the reigns to Bell immediately, but his injury means that Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman will be splitting carries again.
Description: Jay Glazer of Fox Sports is reporting that Steelers rookie tailback Le'Veon Bell's foot injury is a Lisfranc injury
Insight: The Steelers were ready to make Bell their primary back, but he hasn't been able to stay healthy this preseason. We await further word as to whether he'll need surgery or rest, but either way he isn't likely to be ready for the start of the season.
Description: Pittsburgh rookie Markus Wheaton has been showing the explosiveness that neither Emmanuel Sanders or Jerricho Cotchery have in their repertoire.
Insight: Wheaton has not yet surpassed the two veterans, but it appears that eventually it will happen. Taking the Oregon State rookie with a late-round selection could end up rewarding fantasy owners later in the season and the playoffs.
Description: Steelers rookie tailback Le'Veon Bell injured his right foot in Monday's preseason game against the Redskins.
Insight: He will have an MRI done on Tuesday. Bell gained nine yards on four carries before exiting. Bell is expected to be the primary running back and the Steelers have always been a run-first team, so it is important for fantasy owners to stay informed.
Description: According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Steelers TE Heath Miller (knee) probably won't be back for the first month of the season.
Insight: Miller suffered a tear of three ligaments in his knee last season, so his timeline is still uncertain, but he appears likely to miss at least the first four games before returning following in Week 6 at the New York Jets following Pittsburgh's Week 5 bye.
Description: According to Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Le'Veon Bell was inactive for Saturday's preseason opener due to a sore knee.
Insight: Bell was expected to receive snaps with the first team Saturday, but he has been dealing with the sore knee and didn't practice enough the last two days for Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin's liking. The rookie is expected to be the Steelers' workhorse running back this season.
Description: Veteran Steelers receiver Plaxico Burress suffered a season-ending torn rotator cuff in Thursday's practice.
Insight: At his age (36 on Monday), it could also be career-ending. The Steelers are a bit shorthanded at receiver with Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery the only guys with any experience. They might be looking for wide receiver help if the youngsters don't progess during the exhibition season.
Description: According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Steelers rookie running back Le'Veon Bell is expected to draw snaps with the starters in the preseason opener Saturday against the Giants.
Insight: The Post-Gazette says "it is clear the Steelers are clearing the path for Bell to be their workhorse." Bell was the team's second-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft and projects as a three-down back. Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer failed to make a consistent impact last season and are likely to slip further behind Bell during the preseason. Bell's ADP is up to 33.5, 21st among running backs, and should continue to climb.
Description: Pittsburgh cornerback Cortez Allen had a knee scope and is now expected to miss "a couple of weeks." SOURCE: Jamison Hensley, ESPN
Insight: If that timetable holds steady, he should be back in plenty of time for Week 1 against the Titans. Allen made 55 tackles in 15 games last season. He also had three forced fumbles and a pair of interceptions.
Description: There doesn't appear to be a timetable for Heath Miller's return from an ACL injury. SOURCE: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Insight: The Steelers tight end has been placed on the active/PUP list and there's no indication he'll be activated from it any time soon. David Paulson should see most of the snaps at tight end in his absence.
Description: According to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, rookie running back Le'Veon Bell worked as the first team running back for four of Pittsburgh's final five snaps to end practice Monday.
Insight: Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer didn't really get the job done last season when Rashard Mendenhall was out, so the team drafted Bell in the second round. While Giovani Bernard has to compete with BenJarvus Green-Ellis in Cincinnati, Eddie Lacy with Johnathan Franklin in Green Bay and Montee Ball with Ronnie Hillman in Denver, Bell seemingly has a clear path to the starting job.
Description: Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders has been displaying eye-opening speed in training camp, according to scout.com.
Insight: Sanders says he's always been fast, but didn't have as much of an opportunity to show it because of injuries and because straight-line speed is not as relevant in the slot where Sanders mostly played. "In the past two years I’ve had two foot surgeries and I had a torn knee," he said. "That’s all lower body. And for the first time I’m actually healthy. Have I gained some speed? Could that be the reason why? Potentially. When a guy has two foot surgeries, he can’t run. A guy has knee surgery, he can’t run. So this off-season I had a full off-season of working hard. I got to do whatever I want: squat, run as much as I wanted to. And it feels good." With Mike Wallace taking his talents to South Beach and Heath Miller trying to come back from three torn knee ligaments, Sanders is primed for a big year.
Description: No one in the Steelers organization knows when tight end Heath Miller (torn ACL, MCL, PCL) will be ready to play this season, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Insight: Miller, who led Pittsburgh with 71 receptions last season, tore all three ligaments in his knee on Dec. 23 and had surgery on Jan. 2. With Mike Wallace gone and Miller on the mend, Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders will both be heavily involved in the passing game at the start of the season. Matt Spaeth is the backup tight end, but he's just a blocker with little fantasy value.
Description: Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders said in recent interviews that the team is "expecting 70 catches for 1,000 yards" in production this season.
Insight: With Mike Wallace signing with the Dolphins, Sanders will play a major role in the Pittsburgh passing game and both the reception and yardage goals would be career highs. His current fantasyfootballcalculator.com ADP is 113.
Description: Pittsburgh tight end Heath Miller (ACL, MCL, PCL) likely won't be ready for Week 1, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Insight: Miller tore all three ligaments in his knee on Dec. 23 and had surgery on Jan. 2, so it really isn't a surprise that he won't be ready. Matt Spaeth is the No. 1 tight end for now, but he's just a blocker with little fantasy value.
Description: Pittsburgh starting OT Mike Adams is expected to miss about six weeks after surgery following his stabbing by three assailants in a robbery attempt, according to Mike Garafolo of USA Today.
Insight: Adams was lucky no organs were hit in the attack and he should be ready by the time training camp rolls around.
Description: Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is completely over his shoulder/rib injury from Week 10 of last year and should start the season healthy, according to Jarrett Bell of USA Today.
Insight: Roethlisberger wasn't the same player down the sretch, but should be good to go. The more serious issue is that he'll be without No. 1 receiver Mike Wallace and tight end Heath Miller is coming off an ACL injury. Big Ben still had a fine 26/8 TD-to-INT ratio, but averaged just 251.2 ypg through the air, his lowest total since 2008.
Description: The Steelers have decided to match the one-year, $2.5 million offer sheet the Patriots gave restricted free agent Emmanuel Sanders. SOURCE: USA Today
Insight: Ben Roethlisberger was campaigning for the Steelers to bring Sanders back, and the team did just that rather than accept the Patriots' third-round pick as compensation. With Mike Wallace signing with the Dolphins, Sanders will have more fantasy value with the Steelers than he would have had with New England.
Description: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is campaigning for the Steelers to re-sign Emmanuel Sanders. The wide receiver recently agreed to a one-year offer sheet from the Patriots. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: The Steelers have two options: make Big Ben happy by keeping Sanders for $2.5 million or letting him go to New England and accepting a third round draft pick. They'll have until the end of Sunday night to match the Patriots' offer.
Description: After weeks of speculation, the Patriots have officially signed wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders to an offer sheet.
Insight: The deal is worth $2.5 million for one season. Jason Cole from Yahoo Sports says that if Pittsburgh declines to match New England's offer, the Patriots will likely sign Sanders to a long-term contract. Sanders caught 44 passes for 626 yards as Ben Roethlisberger's No. 3 option last year in the Steel City.
Description: There have been conflicting reports about whether or not Pittsburgh wideout Emmanuel Sanders has signed an offer sheet with the Patriots.
Insight: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that Sanders had indeed agreed to an offer sheet while the Washington Observer-Reporter is now saying that the Patriots have yet to make an official offer. Sanders is only a restricted free agent so if New England does sign Sanders to an offer sheet, the Steelers will have an opportunity to match it.
Description: Mike Wallace to the Dolphins is essentially "a done deal" according to the Palm Beach Post.
Insight: And just like that, the league's biggest free agent wide receiver is off the market. Wallace had an up and down season for Pittsburgh in 2012 (836 yards and eight touchdowns) but we're confident he'll bounce back next season in South Beach. Free agency doesn't officially begin until midnight so we probably won't know any details about Wallace's new contract until later in the week.
Description: The Denver Post reports that the Broncos are interested in signing former Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall.
Insight: Mendenhall wore out his welcome in Pittsburgh last season and was eventually phased out of the team's running back rotation. At age 25, he still has plenty left to offer. If Mendenhall went to Denver he'd have to split carries with Willis McGahee, Knowshon Moreno and Ronnie Hillman.
Description: The Steelers have cut ties with linebacker James Harrison.
Insight: Pittsburgh wanted Harrison (70 tackles, six sacks in 2012) to take a pay cut but he wasn't having any of that. Harrison has already listed the Browns, Patriots, Ravens and Saints as teams that he'd consider playing for.
Description: According to Steelers.com, Pittsburgh is unlikely to retain free agent running back Rashard Mendenhall this offseason.
Insight: Mendenhall struggled to stay on the field in 2012, missing 10 games because of ACL and Achilles injuries. Even when he was healthy, Mendenhall was only able to muster 3.6 yards per carry on 51 rushes. The Steelers will probably go with the backfield duo of Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman in 2013.
Description: Steelers rookie running back Chris Rainey was waived Thursday after he was arrested early Thursday morning in Gainesville, Fla. and charged with simple battery after allegedly slapping his girlfriend in the face. SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Insight: Rainey has been in trouble with the law several times over the last few years. He was accused of a felony stalking charge in 2010 and cited for defiant trespass in December when he entered the Meadows Racetrack and Casino outside Washington, Pa. Rainey had signed himself onto a self-exclusion list to prevent himself from gambling. The rookie out of Florida led Pittsburgh with 1,035 kick return yards but had just 26 carries and 14 receptions as a reserve running back.
Description: He didn't throw for many yards, but Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's three touchdowns with zero turnovers Sunday against the Browns will do just fine for fantasy owners.
Insight: Roethlisberger's 26 passing touchdowns tied 2009-10 for the second-most in his career, but this season will mostly be remembered for the three weeks Big Ben missed due to injuries, causing Pittsburgh's offense to shut down.
Description: Pittsburgh wide receiver Mike Wallace will miss Week 17 because of hip and hamstring injuries. SOURCE: Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Insight: With Pittsburgh out of the playoff hunt, there is little reason to start him in the meaningless Week 17 game. Wallace will be a free agent this offseason and may have played his last game with the Steelers.
Description: Pittsburgh tight end Heath Miller will have surgery to repair a torn ACL on Thursday.
Insight: Miller was just selected to his second Pro Bowl but obviously, he won't be able to play in it. Adrian Peterson's outstanding performance less than a year after ACL surgery should give fantasy owners hope for Miller in 2013.
Description: Pittsburgh wide receiver Mike Wallace is questionable for Week 17 against Cleveland with a strained hip.
Insight: With the Steelers out of the playoff hunt, there is little reason to start him in the meaningless Week 17 game. The injury to Ben Roethlisberger hurt Wallace's season totals (64-836-8), but owners should recognize that fact and continue to respect Wallace's fantasy value.
Description: The Steelers signed Justin King, who played for the Indianapolis Colts last season.
Insight: With Ike Taylor, Keenan Lewis and Cortez Allen all banged up and questionable for Sunday, the Pittsburgh secondary is extemely thin. King didn't play at a high level last season, but does bring experience to the table. Bengals start wideout A.J. Green facing this injured defensive backfield is a huge mismatch.
Description: Steelers tight end Heath Miller is averaging 79.5 yards over the last four games. He has 68 catches for 771 yards this season.
Insight: Miller caught seven passes for 92 yards and a touchdown Sunday against Dallas. He has eight touchdowns this season, a career high, and his career bests in catches (76) and yards (789) are in reach.
Description: Steelers receiver Emmanuel Sanders apparently sustained a cracked rib in Sunday's game against Dallas and is questioanble for Week 16.
Insight: With Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown, Jerricho Cotchery and Plaxico Burress on the roster, Sanders has been almost invisible to fantasy owners. He does have 41 catches for 585 yards, but with just one score this season.
Description: Pittsburgh running back Rashard Mendenhall has been suspended for one game for "conduct detrimental to the team." SOURCE: ProFootballTalk
Insight: Mendenhall did not show up at Heinz Field after the team told him he would not dress versus San Diego, his second straight healthy scratch, a source told Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Jonathan Dwyer is locked into the lead role in Pittsburgh's backfield.
Description: Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor will miss this week's game with Dallas. He's dealing with an ankle injury. Though out of the walking boot, his goal is to get back for Week 16.
Insight: Pittsburgh is also worried about two other defensive backs, Keenan Lewis and Cortez Allen. With a beat up secondary, Dallas' receiving corps may be able to take advantage, particularly if Dez Bryant plays as he says he will.
Description: Steelers running back Jonathan Dwyer only ran the ball eight times for 32 yards Sunday versus San Diego, but coach Mike Tomlin said he would not be making any chancges at running back, meaning Dwyer is still the starter.
Insight: The Steelers fell behind 27-3 and had to abandon the running game. Dwyer is Pittsburgh's clear-cut No. 1 running back at the moment (Isaac Redman had two carries and Rashard Mendenhall was a healthy scratch).
Description: Pittsburgh wide receiver Mike Wallace enjoyed having Ben Roethlisberger back under center Sunday against San Diego. Wallace caught seven passes for 112 yards and two touchdowns in the loss.
Insight: Wallace saw 11 targets, his most since Week 7, and had 100 yards receiving for the first time since Week 3. He's a must-start as long as Big Ben is calling the shots.
Description: Steelers running back Jonathan Dwyer only ran the ball eight times for 32 yards Sunday versus San Diego.
Insight: Dwyer is Pittsburgh's clear-cut No. 1 running back at the moment (Isaac Redman had two carries and Rashard Mendenhall was a healthy scratch) but the Steelers fell behind 13-0 and 27-3 and had to move away from the run. Dallas will host the Steelers in Week 15.
Description: Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger returned to the lineup Sunday against the Chargers and threw for 285 yards and three scores with two turnovers.
Insight: Roethlisberger was on the sidelines for about a month while recovering from rib and shoulder injuries suffered during a Week 9 win over Kansas City. His presence immediately gives Pittsburgh's receivers fantasy value again.