News: Shazier (knee) is expected to be "really close" to returning for Sunday's game against the Colts.
Impact: Shazier has been sidelined with a sprained MCL since Week 3, but apparently is edging close to a return. The rookie linebacker has been limited in practice recently, so if he's able to increase his workload throughout this week, that would certainly be an encouraging development toward his availability this weekend.
News: Miller caught the only ball thrown his way for 13 yards in the Steelers' 30-23 win against Houston on Monday night.
Impact: Miller has been all but forgotten in the Pittsburgh offense with just eight targets in their last three games. He'll face an Indianapolis defense in Week 8 that has allowed just two touchdowns to opposing tight ends not named Julius Thomas.
News: Moore was targeted twice, catching both passes for 12 yards and a touchdown in the Steelers' 30-23 win against Houston on Monday night.
Impact: His score came on a trick pass play from fellow receiver Antonio Brown, giving Moore a touchdown reception for the second straight game. His current fantasy value is touchdown dependent, making him little more than a bye-week replacement.
News: Timmons had a team-high 12 tackles (11 solo), including a sack, in the Steelers' 30-23 win against Houston on Monday night.
Impact: The sack was Timmons' first of the season, and the only one for a Pittsburgh defense that is still searching for a pass rush. Owners shouldn't expect it to appear in Week 8 against Indianapolis, which has only allowed 11 sacks through seven games this season.
News: Suisham made 3-of-3 field goals (30, 40, and 44) and 3-of-3 extra points in the Steelers' 30-23 win against Houston on Monday night.
Impact: Suisham continues to make the most of his opportunities. The question for Week 8 is just how many opportunities he'll get against a Colts team that allows the fourth-fewest points per game (19.4) in the league.
News: Keisel (knee) failed to record a tackle but did have an interception in the Steelers' 30-23 win against Houston on Monday night.
Impact: The pick was only Keisel's second since joining the league in 2002 but came at a critical point in the game deep in Houston territory. Ben Roethlisberger then connected with Le'Veon Bell for a touchdown on the very next play, giving the Steelers a 24-13 lead, and Houston was never able to recover from the huge momentum shift.
News: Brown saw a game-high 13 targets and had nine receptions for 90 yards in the Steelers' 30-23 win against Houston on Monday night. He also completed his lone attempt for his first career touchdown pass.
Impact: The touchdown pass came on a gadget play, a fake WR sweep-turned-reverse, in which Brown found Lance Moore in the end zone, allowing Pittsburgh to overcome a 13-point deficit with just over one minute remaining in the first half. This was another big game for Brown, who also had a touchdown reception reversed on replay for failing to get a second foot in bounds.
News: Roethlisberger completed 23-of-33 passes for 265 yards and two touchdowns in the Steelers' 30-23 win against Houston on Monday night.
Impact: Roethlisberger got off to a slow start, until Le'Veon Bell broke off a 43-yard gain on a catch-and-run, sparking a 24-0 Pittsburgh rally in the final 3:08 of the second quarter. During that stretch, Roethlisberger tossed two touchdowns, and Antonio Brown threw one to Lance Moore on a trick play. The Pittsburgh offense did a decent job of moving the ball in the second half, and it stayed aggressive late in the game, despite losing right tackle Max Gilbert to a concussion. The team also worked in rookie wide receiver Martavis Bryant, who caught a 35-yard touchdown pass while rotating with Markus Wheaton, Lance Moore, and Darrius Heyward-Bey. The pecking order behind Antonio Brown at wide receiver may be unsettled, but Roethlisberger still has two excellent weapons in Brown and Bell. After bouncing back from his ugly Week 6 outing against the Browns, Roethlisberger will face a red-hot Colts defense in Pittsburgh for Week 8.
News: Wheaton had no receptions on two targets in Monday's 30-23 win over the Texans.
Impact: According to Nathan Jahnke of Pro Football Focus, Wheaton logged just 31 snaps, rotating with Lance Moore (24 snaps), Martavis Bryant (24), and Darrius Heyward-Bey (21) behind Antonio Brown (61). Bryant was the only one of the bunch to see more than two targets, finishing with two catches for 40 yards and a touchdown on five targets in his NFL debut. Wheaton had previously been playing the vast majority of offensive snaps, yet he managed just 24 catches for 277 yards in his first six games of the season, despite catching six balls for 97 yards in Week 1. He may be headed for the same role next week against the Colts, following his catch-less performance on Monday night.
News: Making his NFL debut, Bryant caught two passes for 40 yards and a touchdown on five targets in Monday's 30-23 win over the Texans.
Impact: The first catch of Bryant's career went for a 35-yard touchdown, and while he didn't do much the rest of the night, he did finish third on the team in targets. According to Nathan Jahnke of Pro Football Focus, Bryant and Lance Moore each played 24 snaps, while Markus Wheaton logged 31 and Darrius Heyward-Bey just 21. The team's use of a four-man rotation behind Antonio Brown was surprising, but it makes sense given that Wheaton, Moore, Justin Brown, and Heyward-Bey have all struggled. Though he's 6-foot-4 with excellent speed, Bryant lasted until the fourth round of May's draft, following a mediocre college career with a Clemson program that was loaded at wide receiver. Bryant made his case for more snaps on Monday night, but it may still be hard to get a read on his role entering a Week 8 matchup against the Colts.
News: Bell had eight receptions for 88 yards and a touchdown on eight targets, along with 12 carries for 57 yards, in Monday's 30-23 win over the Texans.
Impact: Bell found the end zone for the first time since Week 1, catching a two-yard pass that capped off the Steelers' 24-0 run in the final 3:08 of the first half. He did most of his damage in that second quarter, highlighted by a 43-yard catch-and-run that sparked the unusual rally after a terrible first few drives. The only discouraging aspect of the performance was Bell's lack of touches in the second half, as the Steelers kept throwing the ball, while LeGarrette Blount and Dri Archer finished with a combined nine carries for 16 yards. Bell still managed to record 20 touches, reaching that threshold for a sixth time in seven games. He also has 938 scrimmage yards, second in the NFL to only DeMarco Murray's 1,072. There should be plenty more touchdowns to come, though Bell draws tough matchups against the hot Indianapolis and Baltimore defenses the next two weeks.