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Steelers WR Martavis Bryant recently requested to be traded, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Bryant has been a major disappointment through 6 games, topping 48 yards just once with 1 total TD. He's been getting out-snapped by rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster. We'll see whether anything comes of the trade request, but it certainly won't help his standing with the coaching staff and his teammates.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Steelers WR Martavis Bryant will play against the Jaguars today, despite the illness that rendered him questionable for the game. The matchup, of course, remains a big hurdle between Bryant and worthwhile fantasy output in Week 5.

Steelers S Sean Davis is active for today's game against the Ravens. He entered the day questionable with an ankle injury that cost him Wednesday's practice and limited his Thursday and Friday participation. That adds risk to Davis as an IDP starter for Week 4, though there's upside against Joe Flacco and TE Ben Watson.

Steelers WR Eli Rogers is inactive for today’s game against the Ravens. He wasn’t on the injury report, so he appears to be a healthy scratch. Rogers had already fallen behind WR JuJu Smith-Schuster on the depth chart prior to this week. Rogers isn’t worth rostering in fantasy football.

Steelers S Sean Davis is questionable for Sunday's game against the Ravens because of an ankle injury. He missed practice Wednesday but returned to limited workouts the next 2 days. We'll update his status Sunday morning but did knock him down the Week 4 IDP rankings a bit. Even if Davis is active in Baltimore, the ankle adds some risk that he won't finish the game.

Steelers DE Stephon Tuitt put in a full practice Wednesday. He also practiced in full Thursday and Friday last week but missed his 2nd straight game with a biceps injury suffered early in the Week 1 win at Cleveland. A full Wednesday plus his "questionable" tag last week points to Tuitt returning this Sunday, but we'll keep an eye on his status.

Steelers TE Jesse James injured his shoulder in the 1st half of Sunday's game in Chicago. He's officially questionable to return.

Update: James returned in the 3rd quarter.

Steelers DE Stephon Tuitt will miss his 2nd straight game today against the Bears. He was questionable after returning to practice this week and hoped to play. We'll see if Tuitt can return for Week 4.

Steelers DE Stephon Tuitt (biceps) is officially questionable for Sunday's game in Chicago. But after a limited workout Wednesday, he returned to full participation Thursday and Friday. We'd bet on Tuitt playing after missing Week 2 (and all but the 1st series in the opener) but will confirm his status Sunday morning.

The Steelers have ruled OLB T.J. Watt out for Sunday's game against the Bears. Watt said after leaving the Vikings game early that his groin injury wasn't serious, but it looks more significant than he let on.

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Steelers OLB T.J. Watt suffered a groin injury in Sunday's win over the Vikings. He said afterward that he doesn't think it's bad and isn't worried but that we'll know more over the next day or 2, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.

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Steelers DE Stephon Tuitt is out for today's game against the Vikings. Pittsburgh had hoped he'd be able to play after suffering a biceps injury in Week 1. The questionable tag indicates Tuitt has a solid chance of returning for Week 3.

Steelers TE Vance McDonald (back) is inactive for today’s game against the Vikings. That leaves TE duties to Jesse James, who’s a sneaky DFS play.

Steelers TE Vance McDonald (back) is questionable for this weekend’s game against Vikings. He was added to the injury report on Thursday and didn’t practice on Friday. We’d bet against him playing, but McDonald shouldn’t have been in your fantasy plans anyway. McDonald’s absence would give TE Jesse James a slight boost.

The Steelers consider DE Stephon Tuitt "week to week" with a left biceps injury, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. That's fairly good news, considering the team reportedly feared Sunday night that Tuitt tore the muscle. We'll see if the recently extended DE can make it back for Week 3.

Steelers DE Stephon Tuitt left in the 1st quarter of Sunday's win over the Browns with a left arm injury. He did not return. HC Mike Tomlin called it a biceps injury after the game. Tuitt will seek further evaluation Sunday night or Monday. We'll await the official diagnosis.

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Steelers OLB Bud Dupree is out for today's opener against the Browns. He suffered a shoulder injury in Thursday's practice and then missed Friday's workout. Anthony Chickillo and James Harrison should take over the vacated snaps, with T.J. Watt starting on the other side. The Pittsburgh team D would present more sack upside with a healthy Dupree, but losing him doesn't significantly alter a positive fantasy outlook against Cleveland rookie QB Deshone Kizer.

Steelers OLB Bud Dupree is questionable for Sunday's game against the Browns. He suffered a shoulder injury in Thursday's practice and then missed Friday's workout. His backup, Anthony Chickillo, said he expects Dupree to be able to play Sunday. We'll check his status when the inactives come out.

Steelers HC Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that RB Le'Veon Bell is in "great physical condition." He added that he'll "assess" Bell throughout the week to determine how to use him in Sunday's opener in Cleveland. All signs continue to point toward Bell getting a full workload in that one.

Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell admitted to being "a little winded" in his practice debut on Monday but felt good overall, according to ESPN's Aditi Kinkhabwala. "I feel good, I feel great, I feel fresh," he said. Bell added that he's ready for a full workload in Sunday's opener vs. Cleveland. "I want as many carries as I need to get for us to win games." Bell will be an elite Week 1 fantasy play.


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