The Steelers on Saturday placed LB Robert Spillane on IR with his knee injury. That means he'll miss at least the next 3 games. Spillane's absence also moves Avery Williamson into the starting lineup. Williamson led Pittsburgh with 9 tackles (6 solos) in just 53% playing time vs. Washington last week, the game Spillane left early. Williamson looks like a nice IDP option over the final 3 weeks of most fantasy seasons.
ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports that Steelers LB Robert Spillane won't need surgery on the left knee he injured Monday night against Washington. But Spillane is expected to miss time. Avery Williamson got a playing-time boost vs. Washington with Spillane leaving early. He managed a team-high 9 tackles (6 solo) on just 53% of the defensive snaps. Expect Williamson to climb at least into the 70-80% range of snap share and deliver solid-to-good tackle numbers for as long as Spillane is sidelined.
Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that the Jets are "working toward a trade" that would send LB Avery Williamson to the Steelers. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirmed the report. The NFL trade deadline looms Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET, so we'll see whether the move gets finalized. If it does, Williamson would likely take over the ILB spot vacated by Devin Bush's injury, which Robert Spillane has filled the past 2 weeks. The Jets figure to go back to Blake Cashman to fill in Williamson's spot, as soon as Cashman is ready. He was inactive for Sunday's game against the Chiefs with a hamstring injury.
Update: The deal will be Williamson and a 2022 seventh-rounder for a 2022 fifth-rounder, according to The MMQB's Albert Breer.