Steelers DE Cameron Heyward (knee) and CB Artie Burns (toe) are active for today's game against the Chiefs. Each entered the day as questionable but is fine to use as you normally would in IDP leagues.
Steelers DE Cameron Heyward will miss the rest of the season after suffering a torn pectoral muscle in Sunday's loss to the Cowboys, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. That takes a key pass rusher and run defender out of an already-shaky defense. When Heyward missed 2 games with a hamstring injury earlier this season, the Steelers allowed Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi the 1st of his 200-yard games and then a 127-2 rushing line to LeGarrette Blount. So Heyward's latest departure is good news for Browns RB Isaiah Crowell (who unfortunately still has to deal with playing in the Browns offense).
Steelers DE Cameron Heyward took all reps with the 1st team in Monday's return from the Week 8 bye, according to Scout's Jim Wexell. Heyward missed the past 2 games with a hamstring injury but seems to be on track to play at Baltimore this Sunday. That would return an IDP starting option to fantasy football owners and re-install a key piece to a struggling Pittsburgh defense. Heyward's integral to both the pass rush and run D for the Steelers.
Steelers DE Cameron Heyward will miss at least the next 2 games with a hamstring injury, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Heyward suffered the injury early in Sunday's win over the Jets to the same left leg in which he suffered a high ankle sprain in August. The injuries are reportedly not related, however. Pittsburgh plays at Miami in Week 6 and then will face the Patriots back home in Week 7. A Week 8 bye gives hope that Heyward won't miss any further contests, but we'll have to check in as that time approaches. Besides removing a DL option from IDP leagues. Heyward's absence deprives an up-and-down Steelers D of arguably it's best player. There's still upside in the matchup with Miami, but Pittsburgh will make for a risky team-D play.
Steelers DE Cameron Heyward left in the 1st quarter of Sunday's win over the Jets with a right hamstring injury. He went for an MRI before the end of the game, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, though the team has yet release any results. We'll keep an eye on Heyward's status heading into Week 6 (and beyond).
When Pittsburgh let longtime DC Dick LeBeau walk in the offseason and replaced him with LBs coach Keith Butler, many expected the team to continue employing a similar defensive approach. DE Cameron Heyward told TheMMQB.com that a lot will look the same but that there could be a key difference. "I think he wants to generate more turnovers and get more one-on-ones up front where we’re maximizing everyone’s talents and making sure everyone has a chance to get after the quarterback or get a turnover," Heyward said of Butler. That approach could impact Heyward's IDP value more than that of anyone else on the defense. The 5th-year DE has grown his sack total every season, up to a career-high 7.5 last year. Pro Football Focus graded him 5th-best in pass-rushing among 3-4 DEs in 2014, with 10 QB hits and 36 hurries behind his sacks indicating further upside. Overall, greater sack and turnover output would certainly be welcome for a defense that has declined in recent seasons -- in fantasy terms and real life.