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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that there's not "much concern" about Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger's status for Monday night's game vs. Washington. Big Ben is expected to start that one and can remain in fantasy lineups.

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (knee) missed practice all week and is listed as questionable for Monday night's game vs. Washington. It's unclear if this is related to the knee injuries he suffered back in Week 9 in Dallas. We haven't heard anything to suggest that Roethlisberger is in danger of missing this game, but it wouldn't be a bad idea to roster someone like Alex Smith, Nick Mullens or Andy Dalton as late-game insurance.

The Steelers have activated DE Stephon Tuitt from the COVID list. That makes him eligible to play in Monday night's high-upside matchup with Washington. He belongs in IDP lineups for Week 13.

In pushing back this week's Ravens-Steelers game to Wednesday, the league has also pushed back the Week 13 start times for each team. Pittsburgh will now face Washington at 5 p.m. ET on Monday. Baltimore will host Dallas at 8:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday. Both should remain inside Week 13 fantasy scoring without issue at those times.

The NFL has postponed the Ravens-Steelers game once again. The game is now set to kick off at 3:40 p.m. ET Wednesday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. We'd assume it will actually happen, barring further COVID issues for either team. Whether the game will still count for Week 12 fantasy football scoring will likely depend on which league-hosting site you use.

Chargers RB Kalen Ballage (calf, ankle) is not expected to play Sunday at Buffalo, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Ballage is officially questionable, so we'll confirm his status when the inactives come out. His absence would leave the backfield to a returning Austin Ekeler, with Troymaine Pope and Joshua Kelley behind him.

Steelers DE Stephon Tuitt will miss Tuesday's game against the Ravens after landing on the COVID list. That gives Tyson Alualu a starting opportunity in a matchup with tackle upside. And Robert Griffin III stepping in for Lamar Jackson (also on the COVID list) likely adds sack upside.

Chargers RB Kalen Ballage (ankle, calf) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bills after a limited week of practice. RB Austin Ekeler (hamstring), meanwhile, has a "chance" to return for that one, HC Anthony Lynn said Friday. We'll have to keep a close eye on this backfield leading up to Sunday's game. It's a 1 pm ET start, so we'll get the inactives by 11:30 am ET. Ekeler will be worth getting right back into fantasy lineups if he plays. If Ekeler is out and Ballage suits up, the latter will be a volume-based fantasy starter. The Bills rank 22nd in adjusted fantasy points allowed to RBs.

The Chargers on Friday placed DE Melvin Ingram on IR. That means he'll miss at least the next 3 games. It also marks the 2nd time this season that knee trouble has landed Ingram on IR. It's not clear yet whether this is the same issue. But you shouldn't count on Ingram returning to help your IDP lineup. The team has also ruled DE Uchenna Nwosu out for Sunday's game against the Bills. That likely means Isaach Rochell starting opposite Joey Bosa. The Chargers have also ruled CB Casey Hayward (groin) out for the Buffalo game.

This week's Ravens-Steelers game is "tentatively" being moved to Tuesday night, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. That's presumably if Baltimore doesn't have any more COVID positives. There still seems to be a decent chance that this game isn't played in Week 12. Even if they play on Tuesday, QB Lamar Jackson, RB J.K. Dobbins and RB Mark Ingram will remain out. Stay tuned.

Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (foot) got in a limited practice on Tuesday. That gives him a shot to play vs. the Ravens on Thanksgiving night. We'll see what he does tomorrow and how he's listed on the final injury report.

Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster suffered a toe injury late in Sunday's win over the Jaguars. Those can be tricky. We'll look for an update on JuJu's status.

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is officially active for today’s game against the Bengals. He injured both knees in last week’s win over the Cowboys and wasn’t able to practice at all this week after landing on the COVID risk. It all adds risk to Roethlisberger’s Week 10 fantasy profile — in addition to the windy conditions expected in Pittsburgh today.

Sustained winds of 20-30 mph with gusts up to 50 are expected for today's Bengals-Steelers game. This was already a tough spot for Cincinnati's passing game. We've also scaled back our projections for QB Ben Roethlisberger and his pass-catchers. Avoid Ks Chris Boswell and Randy Bullock today.

The Steelers have activated QB Ben Roethlisberger from the COVID list. That puts him in line to play Sunday against the Bengals, as HC Mike Tomlin had expected. It's a positive matchup for Roethlisberger, who looks solid as a low-end QB1.

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger spent all week on the COVID list after coming in close contact with TE Vance McDonald, who tested positive for the virus. That followed Big Ben injuring both knees in last week’s win over the Cowboys. HC Mike Tomlin said Friday, though, that he expects Roethlisberger to come off the COVID list on Saturday and start vs. the Bengals on Sunday. He’ll be a borderline QB1 in that plus matchup.

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger has been placed on the COVID list. We'll see if he tested positive or was just in contact with someone who did. Big Ben is also dealing with injuries to both knees, although those aren't expected to keep him out of Sunday's game against the Bengals. QB Mason Rudolph will be under center for that one if Roethlisberger isn't.

Update: Roethlisberger came in close contact with TE Vance McDonald, who tested positive for COVID. Roethlisberger will be allowed to rehab those knee injuries at the facility and can play vs. Cincinnati on Sunday if he avoids a positive test.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that there's "cautious optimism" Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger will be able to play against the Bengals this weekend. Big Ben injured both knees late in the 2nd quarter of yesterday's win over the Cowboys. He was able to return for the 2nd half, though, tossing for 195 yards and 2 scores over the final 30 minutes. We'll track his status throughout the week. Pittsburgh would be forced to turn to QB Mason Rudolph if Roethlisberger is unable to play.

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger injured his left knee in the 2nd quarter of Sunday's game against the Cowboys. He finished the drive, throwing a TD to WR James Washington, but then limped back to the locker room with a trainer. We'll update his status when we know more.

Update: Roethlisberger returned for the start of the 2nd half.

Steelers DE Cameron Heyward came away from Sunday's win over the Ravens with a "minor quad injury," according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Heyward hit season highs in snap share (91%) and total snaps (75). This doesn't seem like it'll be an issue for the Week 9 meeting with the Cowboys. We'll keep an eye on Heyward this week to confirm his availability, though.

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