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Steelers QB Mason Rudolph has cleared the concussion protocol, according to ESPN's Field Yates. Barring a setback, Rudolph will be back under center when Pittsburgh returns from the Week 7 bye to face the Dolphins. Rudolph is just a QB2 in fantasy football -- but he's an upgrade over QB Devlin Hodges for Pittsburgh's skill-position guys.

The Steelers fear that DE Stephon Tuitt tore a pectoral muscle in Sunday night's win over the Chargers, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Tuitt will reportedly get an MRI to confirm and then figure out his next step. If the muscle is torn, it would almost certainly end his season.

Update: ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports that tests confirmed the torn pec. Tuitt will have surgery and miss the rest of the season.

Chargers DE Melvin Ingram will miss his 2nd straight game with a hamstring injury. He is inactive for tonight's game against the Steelers. Ingram put in just a single limited practice this week, so he's certainly no lock to be ready for Week 7. We'll see about his practice participation.

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Dolphins RB Kalen Ballage (foot) is active for today’s game against the Redskins. He played behind both Kenyan Drake and Mark Walton last time out, so Ballage isn’t a fantasy option.

Chargers DE Melvin Ingram is questionable for Sunday's game against the Steelers. He sat out Wednesday and Thursday practices with the hamstring injury that cost him last week, before putting in a limited Friday workout. Ingram looks iffy for IDP use even if the Chargers activate him.

Dolphins RB Kalen Ballage (foot) is questionable for this weekend's game against the Redskins. He was added to the injury report on Friday and limited in practice. Ballage played just 8 snaps in Miami's last game and was off the fantasy radar anyway. His absence would lock in Mark Walton as the #2 RB behind Kenyan Drake.

Steelers WR James Washington is expected to miss "a few weeks" with his shoulder injury, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. That'll leave some combination of Ryan Switzer, Donte Moncrief and Johnny Holton behind JuJu Smith-Schuster and Diontae Johnson. None of those 3 guys is worth adding to fantasy rosters.

Steelers WR James Washington suffered a shoulder injury in Sunday's game against the Ravens and won't return. We'll update his status when we know more.

Steelers QB Mason Rudolph took a big hit from a pair of Ravens in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's game and appeared to be knocked out. He was able to walk off the field but will obviously go for a concussion check. We'll update Rudolph's status when we know more. His absence leaves Pittsburgh with QB Devlin Hodges.

Update: The Steelers confirmed that Rudolph has a concussion.

Chargers DE Melvin Ingram is questionable for today's game against the Broncos. That's a bit of a surprise, as his Week 4 hamstring injury was supposed to cost further time. Ingram managed just a limited Friday practice this week and will be risky for IDP lineups even if he's active. We'll update his status around 3 p.m. ET in case you're hoping to use him, though.

Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (toe) is active for today’s game against the Ravens. He was reportedly a game-time decision, so that toe must be a real issue. Consider JuJu a WR2 at less than 100%.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster will be "a true game-time decision" with his toe injury today against the Ravens. The wideout did put in a full workout on Friday, which suggests he's likely to play. But this report points to how much the injury might be bothering him. Smith-Schuster will carry risk even if he's active for the game. Weigh that against your other lineup options. We'll update his status when inactives come out at 11:30 a.m. Eastern.

Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (toe) is officially questionable for this weekend's game against the Ravens. He was listed as a full participant in Friday's practice but told the media that he did the "bare minimum." We'd still be surprised if JuJu didn't play on Sunday considering he played through this injury last week. We'll get Pittsburgh's inactives around 11:30 am ET on Sunday.

Steelers OC Randy Fichtner said Thursday that WR JuJu Smith-Schuster is dealing with a toe injury. "JuJu got a little banged up early in that ball game last week," Fichtner said. "We held him a little bit today. Held him yesterday." Smith-Schuster was officially listed as "did not practice" on Wednesday, and it doesn't sound like he did much on Thursday. He was able to play through the injury on Monday night, so we're expecting him to play against the Ravens this weekend. But we'll continue to keep an eye on JuJu.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Chargers DE Melvin Ingram will "likely" miss a couple more weeks with the hamstring injury that knocked him out in the 1st quarter of Sunday's win at Miami. That leaves the defense without 1 of its top 2 pass-rushers. Uchenna Nwosu looks like Ingram's replacement after playing a career-high 79% of the snaps against the Dolphins.

Chargers DE Melvin Ingram left Sunday's game against the Dolphins with a hamstring injury and has been ruled out. That doesn't bode well for his Week 5 participation against Denver. We'll see about how serious the injury is this week.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger does not need Tommy John surgery and "will be fine for next season." Big Ben is slated to undergo elbow surgery this coming week, but "no one is concerned that next year is going to be a problem," a source told Schefter. Roethlisberger is signed with Pittsburgh through the 2021 season and has said that he plans to honor that contract. He turns 38 in March.

The Dolphins traded DB Minkah Fitzpatrick to the Steelers on Monday for a 2020 first-round pick, according to multiple reports. Fitzpatrick complained openly about the new Miami coaching staff playing him out of position at SS. He'll join a Pittsburgh secondary with a 2018 first-round pick, Terrell Edmunds, starting at that spot. We'll see exactly what the Steelers have planned for Fitzpatrick, who boasts uncommon versatility. Perhaps Fitzpatrick's departure will get veteran S Reshad Jones back to full playing time. Jones missed Week 2 with an ankle injury.

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger needs surgery on his right elbow and will miss the rest of the 2019 season, HC Mike Tomlin announced Monday. We'll look for more details on the injury, but it's fair to wonder if this is the end for the 37-year-old Roethlisberger. It'll be Mason Rudolph under center for Pittsburgh the rest of this season. The 2018 3rd-rounder posted a 65% completion rate, 8.6 yards per attempt and 4 TDs vs. 1 INT this preseason. And he played well in relief of Big Ben vs. Seattle, completing 12 of 19 passes for 112 yards and 2 scores. Rudolph looks capable of at least keeping WR JuJu Smith-Schuster -- and potentially TE Vance McDonald -- afloat. It's also worth noting that he played his college ball with fellow Steeler James Washington. We'll see if they can rekindle some magic.

A decision on whether Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger needs surgery on his throwing elbow is expected to come on Monday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. "Roethlisberger wants to avoid it all costs, but ultimately doctors will decide whether that’s possible," Schefter adds. Surgery would figure to knock Big Ben out for an extended period. Stay tuned.

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