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Chargers DE Melvin Ingram is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Panthers. Ingram put in full practices Wednesday and Thursday but then suddenly sat out Friday with a knee injury. HC Anthony Lynn called it knee soreness that worsened from Thursday to Friday, according to Daniel Popper of The Athletic. Ingram's absence should put Uchenna Nwosu into the starting lineup.

Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) isn’t listed on the final Week 3 injury report. He was held out of Wednesday and Thursday’s practices but was a full-go on Friday. JuJu should be ready for his usual role against the Texans this weekend.

Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) missed practice again on Thursday. The Pittsburgh media doesn't seem concerned about his status for this weekend's game against the Texans, but JuJu clearly isn't at 100%. We'll see what he's able to do tomorrow.

Steelers WRs JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) and Diontae Johnson (toe) aren’t listed on the final Week 2 injury report. They took Wednesday off but put in full practices on Thursday and Friday. Both guys are safe to get into fantasy lineups in a nice matchup vs. Denver on Sunday.

Steelers WRs JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) and Diontae Johnson (toe) each returned to full practice participation Thursday. Each wideout missed Wednesday's practice, but that came just 2 days after the Monday night win at the Giants. Both should be ready for Sunday's game against the Broncos.

Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster missed Wednesday's practice and was listed with a knee injury. We'll keep an eye on his status but aren't betting on this being anything significant. Pittsburgh also held WR Diontae Johnson, QB Ben Roethlisberger and most of the starting offensive line -- among others -- out of practice just 2 days after the team's win in New Jersey.

Steelers WR Diontae Johnson sat out practice Wednesday with a toe injury. The 2nd-year wideout played 55 of 64 snaps in the Monday night win over the Giants, and we've seen no indication so far that this is anything significant. We'll certainly track Johnson's status throughout the week.

Steelers WR Diontae Johnson (foot) isn't listed on the final Week 1 injury report. He put in full practices on Friday and Saturday after sitting out on Thursday. Johnson is safe to get into fantasy lineups as a WR3 in Monday night's plus matchup vs. the Giants.

Steelers WR Diontae Johnson (foot) returned to a full practice on Friday after sitting out on Thursday. It looks like he's good to go for Monday night's opener against the Giants -- but check back tomorrow for another update on his status.

Steelers WR Diontae Johnson was held out of Thursday's practice and is listed on the injury report with a foot. Johnson missed some time in August with what was believed to be a calf injury, so this sounds like a new issue. We'll get another update on his status tomorrow. The Steelers open against the Giants on Monday night.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Gerry Dulac expects the Steelers to get WR Chase Claypool involved in the offense "quickly." Dulac calls the rookie 1 of the stars of training camp. Claypool figures to open the season as Pittsburgh's #4 WR behind JuJu Smith-Schuster, Diontae Johnson and James Washington -- although we could see him eat into Washington's snaps. We'll keep an eye on Claypool's playing time early on.

Steelers RB Anthony McFarland sustained a concussion in Thursday's practice, according to The Athletic's Mark Kaboly. We'll see when the rookie is cleared, but he's off the redraft radar for now. Benny Snell will enter the season as Pittsburgh's #2 RB -- and the handcuff to James Conner.

Steelers WR Diontae Johnson missed his 5th straight day of practice Monday, according to DKPittsburghSports.com. Johnson sustained an "apparent calf injury" and has yet to take the field since. The team hasn't announced any specifics, and it doesn't seem we need to worry too much about this issue yet. But we'll certainly monitor Johnson's status and watch for his return. Missing significant time would increase opportunity for WRs James Washington and Chase Claypool.

The Athletic's Mark Kaboly believes Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger's arm is "more than just fine" after watching Wednesday's practice. Kaboly raised some eyebrows earlier this week when he noted a change to Big Ben's throwing motion after last year's elbow surgery. But Kaboly says Roethlisberger put on a "throwing clinic" on Wednesday. "Wherever Roethlisberger wanted to throw the ball Wednesday, he threw it," Kaboly writes. "It was like he was playing a game of darts and hit the middle of the bull’s-eye every time. He was that accurate." This is the most meaningful report we've heard on Roethlisberger's status all offseason and has us feeling better about drafting the QB and his pass-catchers.

Long-time Steelers beat writer Mark Kaboly noticed a new throwing motion for QB Ben Roethlisberger at Monday's practice, the 1st open to members of the media. "It appeared to me — especially later in practice on some deep balls — that Roethlisberger was short-arming his passes," Kaboly writes. "I would say that a good bit of his throw was a motion with which he did not follow through completely. It was sort of like a whip action. It reminded me a bit of Philip Rivers’ delivery." Kaboly goes on to say that Roethlisberger was mostly accurate throughout practice, despite the altered throwing motion. But Big Ben's status still needs to be monitored closely as he returns from last September's throwing-elbow injury.

Chargers DE Melvin Ingram hasn't been taking part in practice so far. HC Anthony Lynn has only called it "company business." According to Daniel Popper of The Athletic, though, "multiple team sources" have said Ingram is skipping practices because he's "dissatisfied with his contract situation." Ingram is taking part in meetings and other aspects, so it appears it's not technically a holdout. We'll see about Ingram's situation as we get closer to the season. Ingram's situation will also be interesting for future holdout candidates, now that the league's labor deal basically keeps players from actually holding out.

Steelers WR James Washington has been removed from the COVID list. He didn't miss much time and is still the favorite for #3 WR duties in Pittsburgh -- although he could conceivably push Diontae Johnson for the #2 spot or fall to #4 behind rookie Chase Claypool.

Steelers WR Diontae Johnson told reporters on Wednesday that he's back to 100% after offseason sports-hernia surgery. Johnson suffered the groin injury in Week 2 last year but was able to battle through it. It makes his 59-680-5 receiving line as a rookie even more impressive. Johnson has real breakout potential in 2020 if QB Ben Roethlisberger can stay on the field.

Redskins HC Ron Rivera likes what he's seen from QB Dwayne Haskins early in training camp. “He’s done the extra stuff that he and I talked about in the offseason,” Rivera said. “He’s done the things that I think puts him right there where he needs to be at this junction of where we are in our training, having only been able to do Zoom and now we have only four days of work on the field. He’s done the job that I think deserves recognition.” Rivera has yet to commit to Haskins as his 2020 starter -- but he's certainly the favorite after going 15th overall in last year's draft.

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger told reporters on Tuesday that his arm feels "really good." He added that he'll be on a "pitch count" in training camp. Big Ben's return from last September's surgery on his throwing elbow is 1 of the bigger fantasy storylines of the summer. Unfortunately, we won't get to see him in preseason action -- and even his on-field camp time will be limited. It obviously adds risk to both Roethlisberger and his pass-catchers.

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