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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.

Steelers RB James Conner was in and out of Sunday night's game against the Chargers with a quad injury. He finished with a big 119 total yards and 2 TDs but didn't play at all in the 4th quarter. Pittsburgh's comfortable lead might have played a role in the decision to hold Conner out, but we'll look for further updates on his status. The Steelers do get a well-timed Week 7 bye. RB Benny Snell picked up the slack for Conner vs. Los Angeles, finishing with 17 carries for 75 yards. He's worth stashing on fantasy rosters while we wait to learn more about Conner. RB Jaylen Samuels figures to miss another game or 2 after his knee surgery.

The Steelers have ruled ILB Mark Barron out for Sunday night's game against the Chargers. Vince Williams will play in his place and carries solid IDP upside.

Steelers QB Mason Rudolph (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday night’s game against the Chargers. So Pittsburgh is down to 3rd-string QB Devlin Hodges, an undrafted rookie out of Samford. WR JuJu Smith-Schuster is the only part of the Steelers’ passing game that should be in fantasy lineups — and even he should be considered just a WR3 for Week 6.

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 RB Jaylen Samuels had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Monday and is expected to be sidelined for a month, HC Mike Tomlin said. That makes Samuels droppable outside of deep fantasy leagues. His absence leaves rookie Benny Snell as Pittsburgh's #2 RB but should really lock James Conner into a workhorse role.

Steelers ILB Mark Barron left Sunday's game early with a hamstring injury. We'll see about his availability for the Week 6 visit to the Chargers. Barron's absence helped Vince Williams stay on the field long enough to collect a team-high 9 tackles, a sack and a pass breakup. Williams would likely start in Barron's place if te latter can't go next Sunday night.

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.

Steelers TE Vance McDonald (shoulder) is active for today’s game against the Ravens. He put in a full practice on Friday, so we’re expecting him to play his usual role.

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 TE Vance McDonald (shoulder) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game against the Ravens. He put in a full practice on Friday, though, so we're expecting McDonald to play. Of course, he's a shaky fantasy option with Mason Rudolph under center.

Steelers RB James Conner (ankle) isn't listed on the final Week 5 injury report. He put in a full practice on Friday after sitting out the previous 2 days. Conner played through this injury last week and shouldn't be impacted by it in Sunday's game against the Ravens.

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 TE Vance McDonald (shoulder) remained sidelined on Thursday. It doesn't look like he'll be ready for this weekend's game against the Ravens, leaving recently acquired Nick Vannett as Pittsburgh's lead TE again.

Steelers RB James Conner (ankle) missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday. He played through the injury on Monday night and said he'll be "fine" for Week 5. But fantasy owners shouldn't consider Conner a lock to play against the Ravens on Sunday. Check back tomorrow for another update.

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.

In a Tuesday radio appearance, Steelers RB James Conner said the ankle he tweaked in Monday night's win is "fine." He added that he could practice on Wednesday. We'll see if he actually does, but Conner should be available for this weekend's game against the Ravens.

 
 
 

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