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Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (hamstring) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game against the Patriots. He was added to the injury report on Thursday and was limited again in Friday's practice. We'll look for an update on Smith-Schuster on Sunday morning. Steelers-Patriots doesn't kick off until 4:25 pm ET.

Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster was added to Thursday's injury report as limited with a hamstring. Remember that he missed Week 12 with a hamstring injury -- although it's unclear if this is related. Check back tomorrow for another update on Smith-Schuster's status. He'll be a WR3 with upside if the hammy isn't an issue against the Patriots on Sunday.

The Steelers have officially ended the season of ILB Ryan Shazier by placing him on IR. It was an obviously inevitable move following his scary back injury in the Monday night win over the Bengals. Shazier has since had surgery to stabilize the area and made some slow progress. We'll see what his future holds beyond 2017. Pittsburgh started recently signed Sean Spence in his place against Baltimore, with Tyler Matakevich also sidelined.

Steelers WR Antonio Brown said his injured toe is "feeling a lot better" heading into Sunday night's game against the Ravens. He put in full practices on Wednesday and Friday, sitting out in between. Brown, of course, ripped off an 8-101-1 line vs. the Bengals last Monday night. Expect another big one against a Baltimore secondary missing top CB Jimmy Smith.

The NFL has suspended Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster 1 game for a violation of safety-related playing rules. He threw a crushing, blindside block on Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict on Monday night -- and then taunted him. Smith-Schuster is appealing the ban, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, but fantasy owners should prepare to be without him for Week 14. That'd leave Martavis Bryant as Pittsburgh's #2 WR vs. Baltimore. He's come on a bit lately with 13 catches, 152 yards and a score over his last 4 games.

Steelers ILB Ryan Shazier left on a stretcher in the 1st half of Monday night's game against the Bengals after a scary collision left him with a back injury. The team announced that Shazier had been taken to a local hospital for further evaluation but that there would be "no further updates at this time." Former NFL team doctor David Chao said from initial view of the video that there is "real worry" of a significant spinal injury here. We'll see what the examining doctors find. LB Tyler Matakevich entered when Shazier left.

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Steelers WR Antonio Brown (toe) is active for tonight's game against the Bengals. He reportedly went just half-speed during warmups and moved "gingerly," according to ESPN's Suzy Kolber. There's certainly more risk than usual with Brown, but he's still worth getting in fantasy lineups if you waited on him.

There's "optimism" that Steelers WR Antonio Brown (toe) will be able to play against the Bengals tonight, according to NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala. She adds, though, that Brown remains a game-time decision. Fantasy owners simply need to wait until inactives are announced around 7 pm ET tonight. Brown remains a must-start if he suits up.

There's a "real question" whether Steelers WR Antonio Brown (toe) is able to play against the Bengals on Monday night, ESPN's Adam Schefter said on SportsCenter. Brown didn't practice on Friday or Saturday, and it's become clear that this toe issue is a legitimate concern. He'll be worth getting into fantasy lineups if he's active tomorrow, but you need to have a replacement option from that game if you plan on using Brown.

Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (hamstring) put in a full week of practice and isn't listed on the final injury report. He'll play against the Bengals on Monday night and will see an uptick in targets if WR Antonio Brown's toe injury keeps him out.

Steelers WR Antonio Brown missed practice again Saturday with his toe injury and is officially questionable for Monday night's game at Cincinnati. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, HC Mike Tomlin has a general rule against playing players who don't practice 2 days before the game. We're guessing he'd make an exception if Brown appears ready Monday night. The league's best wideout hasn't lost a game to injury since 2012 and is obviously worth waiting for, even if you need to roster someone such as Brandon LaFell, Tyler Boyd or Justin Hunter as insurance.

Steelers WR Antonio Brown was held out of Friday's practice and listed on the injury report with a toe. "I’m told it’s minor and he should be fine," NFL Network's Ian Rapoport tweeted. We'll see if Brown is able to get back on the practice field tomorrow, ahead of Monday night's game vs. the Bengals. He hasn't missed a regular-season game due to injury since 2012.

Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (hamstring) was a full participant in Thursday's practice. He's on track to return for Monday night's game against the Bengals. The rookie was sitting 27th among WRs in PPR points before missing last week's game. He's a viable WR3 for Week 13, despite a tough matchup vs. Cincinnati's 3rd-ranked WR defense.

Steelers TE Vance McDonald (ankle) is out for Sunday night’s game against the Packers. Jesse James gets another game as the clear lead TE after posting a 5-21-1 line last Thursday. But he remains a shaky fantasy bet vs. Green Bay’s top-ranked TE defense.

Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (hamstring) is out for Sunday night's game against the Packers. While we haven't heard much concern about his injury, he didn't practice all week and can't be considered a lock to return for Week 13. Smith-Schuster's absence should mean a bigger role for WR Martavis Bryant in a plus matchup. But we simply haven't seen enough from him this year to be anything more than a risk/reward WR3 play.

Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (hamstring) did not practice on Wednesday. HC Mike Tomlin called it a "small" hamstring injury on Tuesday and said that Smith-Schuster will be monitored throughout the week. We'll see if the rookie is able to get back on the practice field tomorrow.

Steelers TE Vance McDonald (ankle) is inactive for tonight's game against the Titans. That leaves TE duties to Jesse James, but he remains a weak fantasy play.

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Steelers CB Joe Haden suffered a fibula fracture in his left leg in Sunday's win over the Colts and is out indefinitely. The loss figures to hurt the Pittsburgh defense. Haden entered the week graded 34th overall among 117 CBs by Pro Football Focus, with his coverage play dragging along a poor run-D rating. We're not projecting a huge negative impact on the team defense, though.

Update: Pro Football Talk reports that Haden could miss as little as 3 weeks.

Steelers WR Martavis Bryant will play against the Colts this weekend, HC Mike Tomlin said Tuesday. Bryant's role is completely uncertain, though, after rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster's massive game last time out. The matchup is ideal, but Bryant is just a fantasy flier for Week 10.

Steelers WR Martavis Bryant is officially inactive for tonight’s game against the Lions. He’s a healthy scratch. We’ll see if he gets dealt before Tuesday’s trade deadline. JuJu Smith-Schuster will serve as Pittsburgh’s #2 WR tonight, while Eli Rogers figures to play an expanded role.

 
 
 

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