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The Steelers on Wednesday placed LB Devin Bush on the COVID list. That likely knocks him out for Sunday's game at Kansas City. Bush's absence wouldn't be a big loss for either the Pittsburgh defense or IDP lineups, though. Robert Spillane figures to start next to Joe Schobert if Bush is out.

Steelers ILB Devin Bush returned to full practice participation Wednesday. That's a particularly noteworthy turnaround after he missed Week 2 with a groin injury. Bush appears on track to return Sunday against the Bengals. OLB T.J. Watt also put in a limited practice just 3 days after leaving the loss to the Raiders with a groin injury. We'll track Watt throughout the week. OLB Alex Highsmith missed practice with his own groin injury but is merely a low-level IDP option at this point. CB Joe Haden (groin) practiced on a limited basis after missing Week 2.

New Steelers LB Joe Schobert revealed big plans for his usage after his 1st practice with the team Sunday. According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Schobert says the Steelers have him learning the dime role and plan to have him wear the green dot and call plays in the huddle. Both of those aspects point to full playing time and Schobert likely leading the position group in snaps. The "dime" package generally includes just 1 LB. And the helmet with the green dot -- and radio inside -- can only be worn by 1 player on the field at a time. So bet on Schobert leading Pittsburgh's ILB group in fantasy points, just as he did with his 1st 2 teams. This is bad news for LB Devin Bush. LB Robert Spillane, meanwhile, returns to a backup role.

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.

Steelers ILB Robert Spillane left in the 3rd quarter of Monday night's game against Washington after hurting his left knee. Pittsburgh deemed him questionable to return.

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.

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