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.
Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (toe) is not listed on the final injury report after getting in full practices on Thursday and Friday. He’s an elite WR1 vs. a Seahawks defense that just got lit up by Andy Dalton.
Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (toe) was upgraded to full participation in Thursday's practice. He's ready to rock for a great spot at home for a Seahawks defense that was just torched by the Bengals passing game.
Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (toe) put in a limited practice on Wednesday. He's fully expected to play against the Seahawks this weekend, although it'd be nice to see him get in a full workout on Thursday and/or Friday.
X-rays on the toe Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster injured in Sunday night's loss to the Patriots came back clean, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. We'll track his practice participation this week, but JuJu should be fine for Week 2 against Seattle. Even in a complete dud from Pittsburgh's offense in the opener, he racked up 78 yards on 6 receptions.
Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster suffered a toe injury late in Sunday night's loss to the Patriots. He's scheduled for further tests this week but told reporters after the game that he expects to be ready for Week 2. Former NFL head team Dr. David Chao believes Smith-Schuster is dealing with a "mild" sprain of his big toe based on video of the injury. We'll update this situation as we learn more.
The Steelers traded WR Antonio Brown to the Raiders in exchange for 3rd- and 5th-round picks. Oakland also gave Brown a new 3-year, $50.1 million deal that makes him the league's highest-paid WR. The move ends Brown's 9-year tenure in Pittsburgh that saw him top 1,100 yards 7 times. The future Hall-of-Famer turns 31 in July and remained a stat-piling machine last season, leading the league with 15 receiving scores and finishing top 10 in catches (104) and yards (1,297). But it's worth noting that he posted his lowest yards-per-target average (7.72) since 2012. And Pro Football Focus graded him 26th among 117 WRs. Even if he's past his peak, though, Brown is still 1 of the game's best. We'll see how he gels with HC Jon Gruden and QB Derek Carr, but he'll obviously be fed a boatload of targets in Oakland. Brown figures to land safely inside our top 10 WRs when the rankings come out this spring. In Pittsburgh, meanwhile, JuJu Smith-Schuster takes over as the #1 WR and James Washington gets a big opportunity to step in as the #2.
ESPN's Chris Mortensen hears that there's a "high probability" the Steelers trade WR Antonio Brown this offseason. The mercurial receiver may have punched his ticket out of town when he reportedly got into a tiff with QB Ben Roethlisberger on the Wednesday before the season finale and then skipped the next 2 days of practice. Brown showed up ready to play against the Bengals on Sunday, but the Steelers made him inactive. It's possible that cooler heads prevail and Brown returns to Pittsburgh for the 2019 campaign, but this will obviously be 1 of the biggest storylines of the offseason. He's due a $2.5 million roster bonus on March 17, so any trade would likely come before then. Brown's departure would make JuJu Smith-Schuster the Steelers' clear #1 WR and give James Washington a shot to capture the #2 job.
Steelers WR Antonio Brown (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Bengals after not practicing all week. He went for tests on the knee on Friday after experiencing “discomfort,” HC Mike Tomlin said. We’ll look for further updates on Brown’s status. Steelers-Bengals doesn’t kick off until 4:25 pm ET on Sunday. If Brown is unable to play, WR JuJu Smith-Schuster would get a boost in volume, and rookie James Washington would likely step in as the #2 WR.
Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (groin) is active for today’s game against the Saints. He got hurt on Thursday and didn’t practice on Friday — but JuJu announced via Twitter on Saturday that he’d play in this one. Smith-Schuster comes with more risk than usual but still boasts WR1 upside.
Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (groin) says he'll play against the Saints tomorrow. He's officially listed as questionable after injuring his groin on Thursday and not practicing on Friday. "A lot on the line this week. The whole season comes down to this," JuJu tweeted. "Yes, I’m talking about the fantasy football championship round. Of course I’m playing Sunday!!! Theres no way I can let down the real ones who believed in me by drafting me!! Let’s get it!!" What a hero. Smith-Schuster comes with more risk than usual this week but still carries top 5 upside.
Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (groin) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Saints. After getting hurt on Thursday, he didn’t practice on Friday. G Ramon Foster did say that Smith-Schuster took part in Friday’s walkthrough, and WR Antonio Brown expects his teammate to play. We’ll look for an update on JuJu Sunday morning. Steelers-Saints doesn’t kick off until 4:25 pm ET. If Smith-Schuster can’t play, James Washington is expected to step in as Pittsburgh’s #2 WR.
Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster left Thursday's practice after injuring his groin, according to The Athletic's Mark Kaboly. Smith-Schuster didn't speak to reporters afterward, so that's the only info we have right now. We'll see if he's able to get back on the practice field tomorrow, but fantasy owners should make sure they have another option lined up. James Washington would likely move into the starting lineup if JuJu can't play against the Saints on Sunday.
Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (abdomen) isn’t listed on the final injury report after putting in a full practice on Friday. Keep the 2nd-year stud locked into fantasy lineups for Sunday night's game against the Ravens.
After sitting out on Wednesday, Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (abdomen) put in a limited practice on Thursday. The fact that he wasn't a full go means he's likely dealing with a legitimate injury, but there's no reason to believe he won't play against the Ravens on Sunday night.
Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (abdomen) did not practice on Wednesday. He seemed to come out of Monday night's win just fine, so this is probably just a rest day. Check back tomorrow for another update on Smith-Schuster's status
The weather for today's Steelers-Browns game doesn't look quite as bad as it appeared it might be 24 hours ago. Light rain is expected throughout with winds of 10-20 mph. We'd try to avoid the kickers in this game and use the weather as a tiebreaker for passing-game pieces. But we're not adjusting our projections.
Cleveland could see heavy rain throughout the day Sunday along with potentially strong winds, according to multiple reports. That obviously has a chance to impact Browns-Steelers, especially the passing games. We'll keep an eye on the situation heading toward the 1 p.m. ET kickoff. Try to have an insurance option available behind players such as Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster and Browns QB Tyrod Taylor.
The Steelers nabbed Oklahoma State WR James Washington with the 60th overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft. Washington posted huge numbers in the Cowboys’ pass-friendly offense. He broke out for a 53-1,087-10 line as a sophomore and improved to 71-1,380-10 as a junior. This past year, Washington led the entire country with 1,549 receiving yards and tied for 4th with 13 TDs. He ranked 5th among all draft-eligible players with 3.47 yards per route run, per Pro Football Focus, and won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top WR. Washington goes just 5’11, 213 pounds but plays bigger thanks to hand size, arm length and wingspan all in the 62nd percentile or better among WRs. He also boasts some of our favorite tape in this WR class, flashing technique and craftiness that belies a 21-year-old. This isn’t a great landing spot for Washington, though. He’ll sit behind Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster on the target totem pole in the short term. In the long term, Pittsburgh needs to find a successor to QB Ben Roethlisberger.
Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (hamstring) is active for today’s game against the Patriots. He popped up on the injury report on Thursday and was limited again in Friday's practice. That adds some risk to the rookie’s fantasy profile, but he also carries plenty of upside in a likely shootout.
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