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Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Moye was among the Steelers' roster cuts Saturday, the team's official site reports,
Impact: At 6-5, 210 pounds, Moye brings good size to the table, but he was unable to secure a spot in the Steelers' wideout corps after suiting up for the team in seven contests last season.
Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Heyward-Bey survived final cuts, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Impact: Though he survived final cuts, Heyward-Bey faces an uphill battle to obtain fantasy relevance. He'll likely be competing with Justin Brown and Martavis Bryant (shoulder) for the few targets that are left over after Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton and Lance Moore (undisclosed) eat their fill.
Fri. Aug 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bryant's separated shoulder appears to be minor, and he expects to practice with the team by next week, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.
Impact: Bryant was forced to leave Thursday's preseason finale in the first quarter, and was later diagnosed with a right AC sprain in his shoulder. After undergoing further evaluation, Bryant appears optimistic, and expects to return to contact in the near future. Browns tight end Jordan Cameron endured a similar injury earlier in camp, and although he missed the first preseason game, he was active for the next three. It's unclear how similar the injuries are at this point, but the Steelers don't appear to be bracing for an extended absence at this time.
Thu. Aug 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Coach Mike Tomlin indicated that Bryant will be re-evaluated Friday after suffering a right AC sprain in his shoulder during Thursday's preseason finale, the Steelers' official site reports.
Impact: Prior to his exit in the first quarter of the contest, Bryant recorded one catch for three yards. It remains to be seen how much time the rookie wideout might miss, but the timing of his injury certainly doesn't help his chances of carving out a notable role in the Pittsburgh offense out of the gate.
Thu. Aug 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Blount gained seven yards on three carries in Thursday's preseason finale against the Panthers.
Impact: Blount and Le'Veon Bell both played in the finale, after getting arrested together for marijuana possession last week. While any league discipline would likely have to wait until next season, there's some chance the Steelers could come up with a punishment of their own. The team probably won't suspend Bell or Blount, but the situation is at least worth keeping an eye on. Assuming both players suit up, Blount figures to spell Bell frequently in early-down situations, and could steal a sizable chunk of the goal-line and short-yardage work.
Thu. Aug 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bell had eight yards on two carries in Thursday's preseason finale against the Panthers.
Impact: Bell and LeGarrette Blount both made brief appearances, while most of Pittsburgh's key players got the night off. The two running backs were presumably being punished for their recent marijuana-related arrests, and while coach Mike Tomlin seems none too happy, any league-mandated punishment likely wouldn't occur until next season. There's some chance the team could take matters into its own hands, but it's hard to imagine that such a punishment would involve a suspension. The biggest concern surrounding Bell's value is the presence of Blount, who figures to handle some of the early-down and goal-line work.
Thu. Aug 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Webb (hip) was waived by the Cowboys on Thursday, ESPN Dallas reports.
Impact: Webb was slated to miss the final two preseason contests due to a hip flexor, but the Cowboys will now put faith in the fact that he'll emerge from waivers unclaimed in order to keep him around on the practice squad. As a fourth-round pick of the 2013 NFL Draft, the cornerback will likely be handed a longer leash than normal to prove his worth.
Wed. Aug 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Blount and Le'Veon Bell are both in line to play in Thursday's preseason finale against the Panthers, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Impact: While coach Mike Tomlin has indicated that the Steelers are considering their options in terms of punishment following the arrest of the running backs on marijuana possession charges last week, Scott Brown of ESPN.com believes that it's unlikely that the team will sit either running back for an entire game, while noting that a potential suspension from the NFL won't likely come until next season. That sentiment is echoed by Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, who more specifically doubts that either Blount or Bell are candidates to be suspended or made inactive for Week 1.
Wed. Aug 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bell and teammate LeGarrette Blount are both slated to play in Thursday's preseason finale against the Panthers, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Impact: While coach Mike Tomlin has indicated that the Steelers are considering their options in terms of punishment following the duo's arrest on marijuana possession charges last week, ESPN.com suggests that it's unlikely that the team will sit either running back for an entire game, adding that a potential suspension from the NFL won't likely come until next season. That's a notion echoed by Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, who doubts that either Bell or Blount are candidates to be suspended or made inactive for the first game of the season.
Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Blount will play in Thursday's final preseason game, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Impact: Blount was arrested along with teammate Le'Veon Bell on marijuana possession charges last Wednesday. The next night, both running backs were worked into the fourth quarter of Pittsburgh's third preseason game. Following that outing, coach Mike Tomlin ensured that his top two ball-carriers would be "dealt with swiftly," so while Blount and Bell will play this Thursday, some sort of team discipline is expected to be handed down before the regular season.
Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bell will play in Thursday's preseason finale versus the Panthers, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Impact: Bell was arrested on marijuana possession and DUI charges last Wednesday, but still played into the fourth quarter of Thursday's preseason game versus the Eagles. Despite this week marking the Steelers' final exhibition outing, the team will still feature their starting running back Bell, although it remains to be seen for how long. Additionally, coach Mike Tomlin assured that Bell would be punished for his run-in with the law, so a development on that front is also something to monitor heading into the regular season.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Blount still faces possible discipline from the Steelers, although the extent of such discipline hasn't been disclosed, after getting arrested on marijuana possession last week, according to ESPN.com. "Everything's on the table," coach Mike Tomlin said.
Impact: Tomlin said Blount and Le'Veon Bell, who was arrested on marijuana possession and a DUI charge, will be "dealt with swiftly," though the punishment won't be disclosed unless the Steelers suspend one or both of the players. Both may also be subject to discipline from the league, although nothing is expected to happen until next season. This doesn't bode well for Pittsburgh, which has no other running back on the roster with any NFL carries. Owners planning on starting either should check back to see what, if any, punishments are handed out.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bell could still face a team suspension after getting arrested on marijuana possession and DUI charges last week, according to ESPN.com. "There are parts of this that are going to have to go through the legal process and the league review process," said Steelers president Art Rooney II. "We'll just have to deal with it as that process unfolds."
Impact: Steelers coach Mike Tomlin added that both Bell and LeGarrette Blount, who was also charged with marijuana possession, will be punished, meaning Pittsburgh could be without one or both running backs when they open the regular season against Cleveland. Their absence would be particularly worrisome, as no other running back on the Steelers' roster has any NFL carries. Both Bell and Blount also face discipline from the league, although nothing is expected to happen until next season. Blount has been projected to take a few of Bell's touches, especially in short-yardage and goal-line situations, while Bell is being drafted just outside the top 10 in most formats. Owners planning on starting either should check back to see what, if any, punishments are handed out.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Heyward is working toward playing this week after suffering an ankle sprain against the Eagles, Scott Brown of ESPN reports.
Impact: Heyward indicated that he cannot talk about the injury, but he's "working towards playing this week." It does not appear to be anything serious, but it's possible Pittsburgh could hold him out as a precaution Thursday against the Panthers.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bryant caught two passes for 28 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's preseason game against the Eagles.
Impact: While the fourth-rounder brings good size (6-foot-4) and speed to the table, he'll need a break or two to emerge on the fantasy radar with the likes of Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton, Lance Moore and Justin Brown ahead of him in the Steelers' wideout pecking order.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Brown caught three passes for 59 yards in Thursday's preseason game against the Eagles.
Impact: Thursday's stat line is of less import than the fact that at this stage, Brown approaches the coming season healthy and entrenched as the Steelers' top wideout, on the heels of a 2013 breakout campaign in which he recorded 110 catches (good for second in the NFL) for 1,499 yards and eight TDs.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Wheaton caught two passes for 24 yards in Thursday's preseason game against the Eagles.
Impact: While Wheaton was limited to just six catches for 64 yards in 12 games as a rookie last season, the 2013 third-rounder is poised to see a larger role in the Steelers' offense, starting opposite Antonio Brown, in the wake of the offseason departures of Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Miller caught five passes (on six targets) for 53 yards, including a 27-yard touchdown, in Thursday's preseason game against the Eagles.
Impact: Miller, who is coming off a 2013 campaign in which he recorded 58 catches for 593 yards and a touchdown in 14 games, heads into the coming season further removed from the serious knee injury that ended his 2012 season, something that bodes well for an uptick in his fantasy production, assuming he can stay on the field.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Coach Mike Tomlin indicated that Spence suffered a PCL injury in Thursday's preseason game against the Eagles.
Impact: Spence left Thursday's preseason game with an injury and now the cause has been revealed. The extent of the knee issue is still a bit cloudy, but it wouldn't be surprising if it makes him miss some time in the regular season. The 2012 third-round pick hasn't played in a game yet for the Steelers, suffering an ACL and LCL tear in training camp that caused him to miss each of the last two seasons. Spence's NFL debut may be pushed back again with his most recent setback.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Heyward-Bey caught three passes for 54 yards (including a 33-yard TD) in Thursday's preseason game against the Eagles.
Impact: The effort should further Heyward-Bey's cause to secure a roster spot, but as long as fellow wideouts Antonio Brown and Markus Wheaton are healthy, he's off the fantasy radar in most cases.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: With Lance Moore out with an unspecified issue, Brown started at slot receiver for the Steelers in Thursday's preseason game against the Eagles, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Impact: Brown was targeted twice in the game and did not record a catch, with his utilization in Thursday's dress rehearsal seemingly confirming his current slotting as the team's No. 4 wideout behind Moore for now, as reflected by the team's posted depth chart.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Moore (unspecified issue) was scratched for Thursday's preseason game against the Eagles, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Impact: With Moore sidelined, Justin Brown started in the Steelers' three-receiver formation on offense, along with Markus Wheaton and Antonio Brown. Assuming the issue that kept him out of Thursday's contest is not a major one, Moore is on track to work primarily out of the slot in the Steelers' offense.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | STATS
News: Blount and Le'Veon Bell played in a preseason game one day after they were arrested for marijuana possession.
Impact: Blount apologized for his poor decision. "I just want to apologize to my team, to the coach and the organization for causing that distraction," he said.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | STATS
News: Bell and LeGarrette Blount played in a preseason game one day after they were arrested for marijuana possession.
Impact: Bell apologized for his poor decision. "I'm sorry to be a distraction to the team but I'm only going to answer football questions now," Bell said.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Worilds left Thursday's preseason game against the Eagles as a precaution and doesn't have any structural damage to his knee, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport.
Impact: Ir remains to be seen if Worilds, who recorded 63 tackles and eight sacks in 15 games last season, will miss time beyond Thursday, but assuming his knee issue doesn't linger, he remains on track to start at left outside linebacker for the Steelers.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bell rushed for 23 yards on nine carries, and had one reception for three yards in the Steelers' preseason game against Philadelphia Thursday.
Impact: Bell, who was arrested for marijuana possession and suspicion of DUI on Wednesday, played into the fourth quarter of Thursday's game. So did teammate and backfield mate LeGarrette Blount, who was arrested along with Bell on Wednesday. With no league punishment expected anytime soon, the bigger issue for prospective fantasy owners is figuring out how the goal-line work will be divided. The Steelers didn't get in range to provide any hints Thursday, but it seems likely that Blount will at least handle some, if not most, of the goal-line carries. Bell still figures to get more touches, and he will be much more active as a receiver, but the Steelers have made it fairly clear that Blount will also be a big part of the offense.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: One day after getting arrested for marijuana possession, Blount gained 32 yards on seven carries in Thursday's preseason game against the Eagles.
Impact: Blount played into the fourth quarter along with Le'Veon Bell, who was also arrested in Wednesday's incident. Neither player figures to receive punishment from the league anytime soon, and while they both drew the ire of the Steelers organization, the team doesn't really have any other running backs to turn to to do the heavy lifting. Blount and Bell probably won't have their roles affected by the incident, with Bell still likely to see most of the touches, but Blount a threat to handle a good portion of the early-down work and perhaps most of the goal-line carries.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Roethlisberger completed 15-of-24 passes for 157 yards, with one touchdown and one interception in Thursday's preseason game against the Eagles.
Impact: The numbers don't tell the entire story, as Big Ben and the Steelers' starting offense struggled against the Eagles' first-team defense. The touchdown pass to Heath Miller, came well into the second half against Philadelphia's second-team defense. With one pre-season game remaining, in which he will likely see little-to-no-action, Roethlisberger has completed 24-of-37 passes for 328 yards, with three touchdowns and the one interception.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Archer caught three-of-four targets for 14 yards in Thursday's preseason game against the Eagles.
Impact: After being arrested together in a marijuana-related incident Wednesday afternoon, Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount both played through the fourth quarter of Thursday's game, during which no other running back took a hand-off. While the Steelers are clearly displeased with the incident, neither Blount nor Bell figures to receive a suspension anytime soon. Archer could perhaps see some extra playing time if Pittsburgh's 1-2 punch further draws the ire of the team, but the rookie doesn't figure to take many handoffs this season, so his role may be somewhat independent of Blount's and Bell's. While it looks like the Steelers will try to get Archer involved, he probably won't play a high percentage of the offensive snaps.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Worilds left Thursday's preseason game with a right knee injury and will not return, ESPN's Scott Brown reports.
Impact: Coming off a breakout, eight-sack season in 2013, Worilds is locked in as the starting right outside linebacker as he heads into a contract year. The Steelers don't have particularly good depth at the position, with Worilds backed up by Arthur Moats, Chris Carter and Vic So'oto.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Spence will not return to Thursday's exhibition game due to a right knee injury, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Impact: Spence's comeback effort will be temporarily derailed for the moment, but look for the Eagles to update his status later in the week. He's competing for a roster spot as a reserve inside linebacker, and any kind of serious injury could certainly have a detrimental effect on this effort. The good news is that it's not the same knee that he tore three ligaments in over two years ago.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Keisel will suit up for Thursday's preseason game in Philadelphia, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Impact: After re-upping with the Steelers on Tuesday, Keisel's eventual workload will likely be capped in order to ease him into the fold. However, expect him to record some reps Thursday along the defensive front, where he should start at defensive end once the regular season kicks off.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Blount and Le'Veon Bell are slated to play in Thursday's preseason game against the Eagles, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Impact: While the report notes that the two players face pending charges for marijuana possession stemming from a traffic stop Wednesday, their short-term playing status will evidently not be impacted by the incident. Moreover, the Post-Gazette suggests that beyond Thursday's contest, Blount and Bell seem unlikely to face a suspension that would impact their playing status in 2014, with a resolution on the matter more likely to occur after the season, if previous similar incidents reviewed by the league are considered.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bell and LeGarrette Blount are slated play in Thursday's preseason game against the Eagles, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Impact: While ESPN.com relays that the duo is in line to be charged with marijuana possession stemming from a traffic stop Wednesday, their short-term playing status will evidently not be impacted by the incident. Moreover, the Post-Gazette suggests that beyond Thursday's contest, Bell and Blount likely won't face a suspension that would affect them in 2014. The report notes that under the NFL's collective bargaining agreement, the league can impose up to a four-game penalty for players who are charged with illegal use or possession of drugs of abuse other than alcohol, but suggests that in similar cases the league has typically suspended players for one game and that those decisions did not come until the following season.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Webb will not play in Saturday's preseason game in Miami due to a hip ailment, the Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: Webb is currently slated for a significant role in the Cowboys' defense amid concerns at cornerback. Former first-rounder Morris Claiborne (shoulder) continues have durability issues, while Orlando Scandrick faces a four-game suspension to begin this season. Knowing that, Dallas can't risk another setback in their secondary, so Webb will be withheld from Saturday's exhibition in hopes of returning healthy by Week 1 of the regular season.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Blount traveled with the Steelers to Philadelphia, where the team plays Thursday against the Eagles, NFL.com reports.
Impact: The report notes that Blount and teammate Le'Veon Bell could face misdemeanor marijuana possession charges stemming from a Wednesday traffic stop. In the short term, it's unclear whether either player will suit up for Thursday's contest. Beyond that, if formally charged, the report further indicates that the duo could be subject to the NFL's substance abuse policy, though in such a scenario Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette speculates that that the running backs would probably be looking at no more than a one-game suspension. Either way, a resolution is not likely to come anytime soon.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bell, who didn't fly to Philadelphia with his teammates, where the Steelers play Thursday, reportedly later made his own way there to rejoin the team, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: According to NFL.com, Bell and LeGarrette Blount face possible misdemeanor marijuana possession charges, while Bell could also be charged with driving under the influence, stemming from a Wednesday traffic stop. The report adds, that if formally charged, both players could be subject to the league's substance abuse policy. In the short term, it remains to be seen whether either player will suit up for Thursday's game. Steelers officials and coach Mike Tomlin are expected to speak with the running backs Thursday to determine their status for the contest. "We are aware of the reports and still gathering information," Steelers spokesman Burt Lauten said. "We will have no further comment at this time." Beyond that, it's unclear if Wednesday's incident will end up affecting the playing status of either Bell or Blount this season at all. With that in mind, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette suggests that the duo probably faces no more than a one-game suspension, with a resolution on that front unlikely to come anytime soon.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bell did not travel with the team for Thursday's preseason game against the Eagles, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.
Impact: The Steelers have not commented on Bell's status, but it appears that he will not play in the team's third exhibition game after being arrested on marijuana-related charges Wednesday. It remains to be seen what type of impact Wednesday's incident will have on Bell's status beyond Thursday's game.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | STATS
News: Pittsburgh Steelers running backs Le'Veon Bell and Blount will be charged with marijuana possession following a traffic stop Wednesday afternoon.
Impact: Ross Township police say a traffic officer pulled over a Camaro operated by Bell around 1:30 p.m. after the officer noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Bell, Blount and a female passenger were arrested and are expected to receive notice of formal charges through the mail. The possession and DUI charges are both misdemeanors.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | STATS
News: Bell and LeGarrette Blount will be charged with marijuana possession following a traffic stop Wednesday afternoon.
Impact: Ross Township police say a traffic officer pulled over a Camaro operated by Bell around 1:30 p.m. after the officer noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. The officer found a 20 gram bag of marijuana inside the car. Bell was taken to a hospital to have blood drawn and is expected to be charged with driving under the influence of marijuana.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Blount and teammate Le'Veon Bell will be charged with marijuana possession, with Bell also charged with DUI, following a traffic stop Wednesday, NFL.com reports.
Impact: The duo was allegedly caught with 20 grams of pot. Bell was taken to a hospital to have blood drawn for a possible DUI. Blount has avoided trouble as a pro, and while the league likely won't issue discipline until the case is resolved in court, it could put Blount on shaky ground with the organization. He's totaled just 10 yards on six carries so far this preseason.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bell and teammate LeGarrette Blount will be charged with marijuana possession, with Bell also charged with DUI, following a traffic stop Wednesday, NFL.com reports.
Impact: According to the report, Bell and Blount were caught with 20 grams of marijuana, and a woman in the vehicle was also charged with possession. With Bell behind the wheel, he was taken to a hospital to have blood drawn for a possible DUI. If charged, both players will be subject to the league's substance abuse policy. Bell has a clean record but Blount may be on shaky ground, perhaps opening the door for Dri Archer to see reps with the first-team.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | STATS
News: The Pittsburgh Steelers are planning to re-sign defensive end Brett Keisel to bolster a reconfigured line that has struggled to produce much of anything in the first two weeks of the preseason. Keisel posted on his Twitter feed Tuesday "I am very excited to finish what I started in 2002 with the (at)steelers. Time to get to work!!"
Impact: The Steelers decided not to re-sign Keisel in the offseason after the 35-year-old finished with four sacks in 12 games in 2013. Keisel, who turns 36 on Sept. 19, was effective when healthy last season. But with the team up against the salary cap he wasn't going to command anywhere near the $4.9 million cap number he received last year.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | STATS
News: The Steelers and Gilbert have reached agreement on a new six-year contract that runs through the 2019 season.
Impact: Gilbert, a second-round pick in the 2011 draft, has started 34 games in three seasons. He was selected as the team's outstanding rookie after making 13 starts at left tackle in 2011. He missed the last 11 games of the 2012 season with an ankle injury and switched to right tackle last season.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gilbert signed a five-year, $30 million extension with the Steelers on Tuesday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Impact: Gilbert was a rock for the Steelers at right tackle in 2013, starting all 16 games to add some needed stability to an offensive line that had been besieged by injuries the last two seasons. The sizable contract demonstrates that the Steelers view Gilbert as a core player on the offensive line for years to come.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Keisel re-signed with the Steelers on Tuesday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Impact: The Cardinals were said to be making a push for Keisel after losing Darnell Dockett to a season-ending knee injury, but the longtime Steeler will once again be donning the black and gold. Keisel started 12 games last season, racking up 29 total tackles and four sacks. Given his experience in Dick LeBeau's 3-4 defense, there's a good chance he'll beat out Cam Thomas to earn one of the starting roles at defensive end.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Keisel declined an invitation to visit the Cardinals on Tuesday, Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports.
Impact: Keisel was considering joining the Cardinals, who are looking for defensive end help with Darnell Dockett (knee) out for the season, but he has decided to pass for family reasons. Keisel could still join a team at some point this season if the situation is right for him.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Keisel is visiting with the Cardinals on Tuesday, NFL.com reports.
Impact: Keisel potentially signing with the Cardinals comes after defensive end Darnell Dockett suffered a torn ACL on Monday. Additionally, Keisel played under Arizona coach Bruce Arians from 2004-2011, when Arians was an assistant coach for the Steelers. In 12 games last season, the 36-year-old Keisel posted 29 tackles (20 solo) and four sacks.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jones (groin), who missed the Steelers' preseason game against Buffalo, practiced Monday and is on track to play Thursday against Philadelphia, according to ESPN.com. "He looked good today in practice," said linebackers coach Keith Butler.
Impact: If Jones can play, the Steelers would finally have what is anticipated to be their entire regular season starting defense on the field at the same time. This would likely be the only time to evaluate the unit as a whole, as most starters are expected to see limited action, if any, in their final preseason game against the Panthers.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Wheaton caught two passes on three targets for 15 yards and a touchdown during Saturday's preseason game versus the Bills.
Impact: Wheaton, who was dropped for a one yard loss on his first catch, hauled in a 16-yard touchdown from starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on the Steelers' next play during the first quarter of Saturday's contest. After one catch for 28 yards in Pittsburgh's first exhibition outing, Wheaton appears to be building a strong rapport with Roethlisberger ahead of the upcoming campaign, a crucial development considering Wheaton is in line to start this year, despite just six receptions as a rookie last season.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jones did not play in Saturday's preseason game versus the Bills due to a groin injury, The Observer-Reporter reports.
Impact: Jones was replaced in Pittsburgh's starting lineup by outside linebacker Chris Carter. At the moment, the extent of Jones' groin injury is unclear, so it will be worthwhile to monitor his practice involvement this week.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bell rushed for 11 yards on four carries in Saturday's preseason contest against the Bills.
Impact: Meanwhile, LeGarrette Blount rushed for zero yards on three carries and Dri Archer for one yard on two carries. While coach Mike Tomlin has indicated that both Bell and Blount are "going to get their share" of work this coming season, we suspect that when the dust settles, Bell, the more capable pass-catcher of the two, will continue to head the Steelers' rushing attack.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Blount rushed three times for zero yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Bills.
Impact: Meanwhile, Le'Veon Bell ran four times for 11 yards in the contest. While there's not much to be gleaned from Saturday's numbers, and coach Mike Tomlin indicated that both backs will get their share of work this season, Bell, a skilled pass-catcher out of the backfield, remains on track to head the Steelers' backfield, with the bruising Blount on hand to spell him and perhaps factor in on short-yardage situations.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Shazier (knee) was quite impressive in his preseason debut Saturday versus the Bills, when he registered nine tackles (all solo) and an interception, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Impact: Shazier suffered a knee bruise during the opening days of training camp and consequently missed numerous practices, as well as Pittsburgh's opening preseason game. No matter, the rookie first-rounder returned to action this week and looked plenty prepared for the NFL in his first exhibition contest Saturday. Not only did Shazier lead the Steelers in tackles, but he also picked-off a pass and returned it 27 yards. With Shazier expected to start at inside linebacker this season, he has the potential to be an IDP stud, as Saturday's debut hinted at.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Roethlisberger completed 8-of-11 passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns in Pittsburgh's 19-16 preseason win against Buffalo Saturday.
Impact: In limited action through two preseason games, Roethlisberger is 9-of-13 passing for 174 yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions. A revamped offensive line and the implementation of a no-huddle offense could translate into big fantasy numbers for Big Ben.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Heyward-Bey, who failed to record a reception and was targeted just once in the Steelers' 19-16 preseason win over Buffalo, could be on the bubble of making the team's 53-man roster, ESPN.cm suggests.
Impact: Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton and Lance Moore head the team's wideout depth chart, but the report suggests that the likes of Derek Moye and Heyward-Bey could be odd men out in the final roster mix if they are unable to overtake Justin Brown, who is currently listed as a second-team wideout by the Steelers.