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Steelers HC Mike Tomlin admitted Tuesday that QB Ben Roethlisberger, RB Le'Veon Bell and WR Antonio Brown "probably" won't play against the Browns this weekend. If they do, it won't be for more than a series or 2 in the meaningless game. None of the 3 should be in Week 17 fantasy lineups. Landry Jones figures to start at QB with Eli Rogers, Cobi Hamilton and Jesse James as his top 3 weapons. Rogers and James are lower-end fantasy options. We'll be curious to find out whether DeAngelo Williams will get a hefty workload. He'd be a strong fantasy play against a bad Cleveland run defense. Fitzgerald Toussaint is Pittsburgh's other option at RB.

Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams underwent knee surgery on Wednesday, according to insider Mike Kaboly. We don't have a timetable for his return. If RB Le'Veon Bell goes down while Williams is out, Fitzgerald Touissant will step in as Pittsburgh's lead back.

Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams (knee) is out for Sunday’s game against the Patriots. We haven’t heard any details about his injury, but he hasn’t been a fantasy option since Le’Veon Bell returned. Fitzgerald Toussaint will back up Bell this weekend.

Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell has had his suspension reduced from 4 games to 3 on appeal, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Bell will now make his 2016 debut in Week 4 against the Chiefs after sitting out meetings with the Redskins, Bengals and Eagles. It's obviously a boost to Bell's stock -- he's now missing about 19% of the fantasy football season, rather than 25%. The early 3rd round felt right for Bell before this news. Now maybe he makes sense in the mid or late 2nd round. RB DeAngelo Williams' value takes a hit with the reduction. Check out our updated projections for the Steelers backfield.

According to the Pittsburgh Tribune, Steelers player union rep OT Ramon Foster ranks among "many" teammates that have "indicated (RB Le'Veon) Bell has a shot at getting the ruling overturned" on his 4-game drug suspension. That doesn't mean you should draft him as though he'll be available for Week 1, but it certainly adds some upside. Beyond that, Bell said Friday that his repaired knee is feeling "crazy strong" so far: “I feel that I got all my speed back, and I am confident cutting. (Friday) was crazy because it was really the first day I wasn't even thinking about running. When I was running the football, I wasn't thinking anything about my knee. That's the point I want to get to." Bell continues to present plenty of risk as a fantasy football draft target, but the availability of RB DeAngelo Williams makes that risk more palatable.

Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is facing a 4-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy, according to ESPN's Dan Graziano. Bell reportedly missed, rather than failed, a test. He's in the drug program after getting caught with marijuana back in 2014. Bell has appealed the suspension, and a final decision is expected before the start of the regular season. For now, fantasy owners need to assume he'll miss the first 4 games. It's a big blow to a guy who already came with significant injury risk. Bell will still carry as much upside as any RB in fantasy football over the final 12 games, though, and might present value if he drops too far in drafts. The big winner here is obviously RB DeAngelo Williams, who will operate as Pittsburgh's feature back while Bell is out. In his 9 full games without Bell last year, Williams averaged 19.2 carries, 88.1 rushing yards, 3.7 catches, 34.1 receiving yards and 1.2 TDs. That’s a 16-game pace of 1,955 total yards and 19 TDs that would have made him the #1 RB in fantasy.

Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell told ESPN over the weekend that he's on track for the start of training camp and that his repaired right knee is "probably stronger than it ever was." He said that "everything is back to normal" from a physical standpoint and that he'll only face mental hurdles such as taking his 1st hits -- which he concedes likely won't happen until preseason games or the regular season. It's encouraging news on Bell, who has continued to go in Round 1 of fantasy football drafts throughout his rehab. We'll all be tracking him closely come camp. Whenever you do draft Bell, make sure you handcuff DeAngelo Williams to mitigate the injury risk.

Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams (foot) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Broncos.  As expected.  Fitzgerald Toussaint will lead the way in Pittsburgh's backfield, with Jordan Todman also getting work.  Don't expect the Steelers to have much rushing success, but Toussaint could be busy in the passing game.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams (foot/ankle) is "not looking good" for Sunday's playoff game against the Broncos.  Williams visited noted specialist Dr. Robert Anderson on Monday and must not have gotten good news.  His absence would again leave the backfield to RBs Fitzgerald Toussaint and Jordan Todman.  Toussaint played 66% of the offensive snaps last week, totaling 118 yards on 21 touches.  Todman was on the field for just 19% of the snaps but turned 11 carries in 65 yards.  Both guys will have a much tougher challenge this weekend against Denver's stingy run defense.

Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams (ankle/foot) is out for Saturday night's game against the Bengals, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.  That's the way it had been trending all week.  Rapoport adds that "there's a chance" Williams plays next weekend if Pittsburgh knocks off Cincinnati.  They'll need to do so with a backfield of Fitzgerald Toussaint and Jordan Todman.  Toussaint is the better bet for touches but is just a fantasy flier.

Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams remained in a walking boot on Wednesday, according to NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala.  That alone doesn't knock him out for Saturday night's game against the Bengals.  But, coupled with insider Gerry Dulac's previous report that Williams only has an "outside chance" to play, it has us pessimistic.  For now, fantasy owners should expect Fitzgerald Toussaint to serve as Pittsburgh's lead back this weekend.

Steelers insider Gerry Dulac reports that RB DeAngelo Williams has an "outside chance, albeit a small one" to play against the Bengals on Saturday night.  An MRI on his ankle showed no major damage, but he's not helped by having just 6 days to heal up.  Dulac adds that Williams' status might come down to pain tolerance.  For now, consider him less than 50/50 to play. If Williams sits out, Pittsburgh would be down to RBs Fitzgerald Toussaint and Jordan Todman.

Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams injured his ankle in the 2nd quarter of Sunday's game against the Browns.  It got bent awkwardly underneath a defender.  Williams was in obvious pain and had to be carted to the locker room.  His absence leaves Fitzgerald Toussaint as Pittsburgh's lead back.

Update: Williams is out for the rest of the game with a right ankle injury.

Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams (foot) is active for today’s game against the Browns. He dealt with some swelling in that foot early in the week but put in full workouts on Thursday and Friday. Williams is a strong RB1 vs. Cleveland’s 30th-ranked RB defense.

Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams (foot) is probable for this weekend’s game against the Browns. After sitting out Wednesday, he put in full workouts on Thursday and Friday. Fire Williams up as an RB1 vs. Cleveland’s 30th-ranked RB defense.

Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams (foot) put in a full practice on Thursday.  He dealt with some swelling in that foot early this week and was held out on Wednesday, but it's clearly not a major concern.  Williams will be good to go for this weekend's plus matchup against the Browns.

Steelers HC Mike Tomlin revealed Tuesday that RB DeAngelo Williams is dealing with swelling in his mid-foot.  He won't practice on Wednesday.  It's unclear if this is a legitimate injury or just a case of a 32-year-old RB dealing with some soreness after a 29-touch outing.  We should know more by Thursday.  Pittsburgh would be left with Jordan Todman and Isaiah Pead if Williams can't play against the Browns this weekend.

The Steelers have placed RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) on IR, officially ending his 2015 season.  Bell tore his MCL in Sunday's loss to the Bengals but reportedly avoided any ACL damage.  That's good news for his long-term outlook, although this is the 2nd straight year that his season ended with a right knee injury.  Still just 24 in February, Bell will be an easy 1st-round pick in 2016 fantasy drafts.  DeAngelo Williams will take over as Pittsburgh's lead back the rest of the way and should produce as a weekly RB2 with RB1 upside.  The Steelers signed RB Isaiah Pead on Monday to compete with Jordan Todman and Dri Archer for scraps behind Williams.

Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell has been diagnosed with a torn MCL and will miss the rest of the season, according to insider Alex Kozora.  CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora confirms that Bell is expected to be placed on IR.  It's a crushing blow to both the Steelers and fantasy owners.  RB DeAngelo Williams has looked good this season but is a few tiers below Bell, especially in the passing game.  Still, Williams is looking at heavy volume in a high-scoring offense.  He should at least produce as a RB2 the rest of the way.

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