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The Browns have traded a 6th-round pick to the Steelers for WR Sammie Coates. It's an interesting pickup for a Cleveland offense with much yet to settle in its WR corps. But aside from some early-season flashes last year, Coates has proved inconsistent in both performance and durability. He's no more than a deep dynasty stash and unlikely to become a 2017 fantasy factor.

Steelers WR Sammie Coates had his knee scoped last week and will miss the start of training camp, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. Coates "could" return in mid-August, per Fowler, but is also a candidate for the regular-season PUP list (which would cost him the first 6 games). This all follows an ugly 2016 campaign and February groin surgery. With the return of Martavis Bryant and the addition of JuJu Smith-Schuster, Coates isn't even a lock to make the Steelers' roster. He's off the redraft radar.

Steelers WR Sammie Coates recently had sports hernia surgery, according to The issue never appeared on 2016 injury reports and reportedly didn't affect his practice participation at all. It shouldn't inhibit his preparation for 2017 either, given the timing of the operation. Coates' biggest issue heading into next year figures to be the return of WR Martavis Bryant, who plays the Coates role better than Coates does. Expect a diminished presence from Coates in his 3rd season, especially after he saw his playing time dip late in 2016. We'll be surprised if he shows up as a worthwhile fantasy football factor in the coming year.

Steelers WR Sammie Coates recently underwent surgery to repair fractures and tendon damage in his left ring and index fingers, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. The injuries are believed to have occurred in Week 5 against the Jets. Coates racked up 19 catches, 421 yards and 2 scores in his first 5 games but just 2 catches for 14 scoreless yards the rest of the way. It's safe to assume the finger injuries were an issue. Coates still needs significant work on his route-running and ball-tracking. And his 2017 role will be impacted by whether WR Martavis Bryant is reinstated. Turning just 24 in March, though, Coates remains an intriguing dynasty stash and potential 2017 redraft flier.

Steelers WR Sammie Coates (hamstring) isn't listed on the final injury report and will play in Sunday's finale against the Browns. He figures to play a bunch of snaps with Pittsburgh sitting WR Antonio Brown, but Coates is tough to like in fantasy lineups with Landry Jones under center.

Steelers WR Sammie Coates (hamstring) is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Ravens. He hurt that hammy on Thursday and didn't practice on Friday. Coates' absence will mean a few extra targets to go around to Antonio Brown, Le'Veon Bell and possibly Eli Rogers.

Steelers insider Ed Bouchette hears that QB Ben Roethlisberger (knee) is "on track" to return for this weekend's game against the Ravens. He's practiced on Wednesday and Thursday without a setback. Roethlisberger has historically struggled both in his 1st game back from injury and in Baltimore, so he's more of a low-end QB1 this week. But his return is excellent news for RB Le'Veon Bell and WR Antonio Brown. It also puts Sammie Coates back in play as an upside WR3.

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (knee) is now expected to miss 4-6 weeks, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen. Ouch. What was originally expected to be a 2-3 week absence was reportedly lengthened by an issue related to a bone bruise suffered last year. "But there's no way to put an exact timetable on it," Roethlisberger told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ron Cook. "It depends on my pain and how I feel." Big Ben has a history of returning earlier than expected from injuries and will still benefit from the Week 8 bye. But fantasy owners should be prepared to be without him through at least Week 10. His absence is also a blow to WR Antonio Brown, RB Le'Veon Bell and the rest of Pittsburgh's skill-position guys.

Steelers HC Mike Tomlin confirmed on Tuesday that QB Ben Roethlisberger (knee) is out for Sunday's game against the Patriots. He had the damaged meniscus trimmed on Monday. Pittsburgh has a well-timed Week 8 bye, and there's a chance Big Ben is ready by Week 9. QB Landry Jones gets the start this Sunday and is a massive downgrade. WR Antonio Brown and RB Le'Veon Bell should remain in fantasy lineups, but the rest of the Steelers' skill-position guys should be benched.

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Steelers WR Sammie Coates (finger) is active for today’s game against the Dolphins. There’s certainly a chance that his injured finger is a factor, but this is also a pristine matchup. Consider Coates a risk/reward WR3.

The forecast for today's Steelers-Dolphins game calls for a 55% chance of rain with winds of 14-16 mph. Those obviously aren't ideal conditions for the passing games, but it's not enough to impact our projections.

Steelers WR Sammie Coates will test his fractured finger in pregame warmups before the team decides on his availability, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Coates played through the injury for part of last week's game and was able to get in a limited practice on Friday. We'll find out his officially status by noon ET. Coates will be a risk/reward WR3 if active.

The Steelers promoted WR Cobi Hamilton from the practice squad on Saturday. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Gerry Dulac takes that to mean there's a "good chance" WR Sammie Coates (finger) doesn't play vs. Miami. It's worth noting that WR Markus Wheaton (shoulder) has already been ruled out, so Hamilton might be taking his spot. We'll find out Coates' status by noon ET tomorrow, but fantasy owners need to have a backup plan in place.

Steelers insider Gerry Dulac reports that WR Sammie Coates has a broken index finger, in addition to the laceration we knew about. That explains why he missed the first 2 practices of the week and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Miami. Dulac only says that Coates "might play." We'll find out by noon ET. Coates will be a risk/reward WR3 if he's active.

Steelers WR Sammie Coates (finger) sat out the first 2 practices of the week but put in a full workout on Friday. He’s listed as questionable but is fully expected to play this weekend. He still has stitches in that lacerated finger, so he might be even more drop-prone than usual But there remains big upside vs. a porous Dolphins secondary. WR Markus Wheaton (shoulder) is out for Week 6, while WR Eli Rogers (toe) is back and figures to handle slot duties.

Steelers WR Sammie Coates was sporting a "sizable" cast on his left hand on Wednesday, per ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. Coates played through a laceration on that hand during last week's win over the Jets, but we haven't heard of any further damage. Count on him playing on Sunday vs. Miami for now, but we'll track his status over the next few days.

Steelers HC Mike Tomlin on Tuesday ruled WR Eli Rogers (toe) out for this weekend's game against the Jets. The fact that he was ruled out so early in the week means he's not close to a return. Rogers can be dropped in all leagues. Sammie Coates has emerged as Pittsburgh's #2 WR, with Markus Wheaton as the #3 and Darrius Heyward-Bey #4.

Steelers WR Eli Rogers (toe) is out for Sunday night’s game against the Chiefs. That leaves Sammie Coates, Markus Wheaton and Darrius Heyward-Bey as the #2 through #4 WRs. None can be trusted in fantasy lineups.

Steelers HC Mike Tomlin on Tuesday deemed WR Eli Rogers "very questionable" for Sunday night's game against the Chiefs, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Rogers left the Week 3 loss to Philly early with a toe injury. His absence would leave more room for WRs Markus Wheaton, Sammie Coates and Darrius Heyward-Bey to stay on the field, though none of those 3 has displayed any reason for fantasy intrigue.

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