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The Steelers announced Saturday that WR Diontae Johnson has cleared the concussion protocol. That makes him available for Sunday's game against the Bengals. Johnson makes sense in WR3 range for fantasy football lineups.

Steelers RB James Conner (shoulder) is out for Sunday's game against the Bengals. Jaylen Samuels will again serve as Pittsburgh's lead back after totaling 22 carries and 20 targets in 2 full games without Conner. He's a RB2 with upside vs. Cincinnati's 29th-ranked RB defense. Benny Snell is set to return from his knee surgery and figures to operate as Pittsburgh's #2 RB this weekend.

Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (concussion, knee) is out for Sunday's game against the Bengals. WR Diontae Johnson (concussion) isn't listed on the final injury report and will join WR James Washington in the starting lineup. Consider both of those guys WR3s with some upside vs. a Cincinnati squad that Football Outsiders ranks 31st in pass defense.

Steelers RB James Conner (shoulder) won't play against the Bengals on Sunday, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. That'll again leave Jaylen Samuels as Pittsburgh's lead back. He totaled 22 carries and 20 targets across Weeks 9 and 10 with Conner out and is a RB2 with upside vs. Cincinnati's 29th-ranked RB defense.

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Colts TE Eric Ebron (ankle) is active for tonight’s game against the Texans. He was listed as a full participant on Wednesday, so we’re expecting him to be available for his usual role in this one.

Steelers RB Benny Snell (knee) was a full-go in Wednesday's practice. That puts him on track to play against the Bengals this weekend. Snell figures to mix in on early downs alongside Jaylen Samuels -- assuming James Conner is out.

Steelers WR Diontae Johnson (concussion) put in a full practice on Wednesday. He's on track to play against the Bengals this weekend. With JuJu Smith-Schuster expected to miss this one, Johnson and James Washington will serve as Pittsburgh's top 2 WRs.

Steelers RB James Conner (shoulder) didn't practice on Wednesday. Consider him worse than 50/50 to play against the Bengals this weekend. His absence would thrust RB Jaylen Samuels back into the lead role in a plus matchup.

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports that Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee, concussion) isn't expected to play against the Bengals on Sunday. Fowler adds that the knee injury isn't serious, so JuJu seemingly has a shot to return for Week 13. We'll see if WR Diontae Johnson is able to clear the concussion protocol before the weekend. James Washington is Pittsburgh's top healthy WR right now.

Colts TE Eric Ebron (ankle) is questionable for Thursday night's game against the Texans. He was listed as a full-go on Wednesday's estimated practice report, so we're expecting Ebron to play. We'll get his official status around 7 pm ET tomorrow night.

Colts TE Eric Ebron missed Tuesday's practice and is listed on the injury report with an ankle. We didn't notice him get dinged in last weekend's win over the Jaguars, so he might just be getting some rest on the short week. Check back tomorrow for another update.

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that Steelers RB James Conner's status for Sunday's game against the Bengals is "up in the air." Conner's shoulder injury reportedly isn't worse than it was after exiting Thursday night's game in Cleveland, and his availability "depends on how he feels." We'll keep a close eye on his practice participation this week. Jaylen Samuels will step back in as Pittsburgh's lead back if Conner can't play Sunday.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster is suffered a knee injury on the same play on which he was concussed in Thursday night's loss to the Browns. His status for this weekend's game against the Bengals is "uncertain," per Schefter. We'll keep tabs on JuJu's status throughout this week.

Steelers WR Diontae Johnson left in the 3rd quarter of Thursday night's game against the Browns after taking a shot to the face mask. The hit drew a penalty and got Cleveland S Damarious Randall ejected. Johnson walked off the field with a lot of assistance and then reportedly went from the blue tent to the locker room on a cart. He likely suffered a concussion. We'll see what the team has to say about Johnson's outlook beyond Week 11.

Update: Johnson has been diagnosed with a concussion.

Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster left in the 2nd quarter of Thursday night's game against the Browns after taking 2 helmets to the head following a reception. Smith-Schuster reportedly went right back to the locker room, likely for concussion testing. We'll watch for his status.

Update: Smith-Schuster has been diagnosed with a concussion and is done for the night. It's his 3rd documented concussion. He at least has a few extra days to get cleared before next Sunday's game against the Bengals.

Steelers RB James Conner left Thursday night's game against the Browns with a shoulder injury. He's questionable to return. Conner, of course, missed the previous 2 games with a shoulder injury but returned to full practices this week. We'll see about his status.

Update: Conner has been ruled out. Pittsburgh is back down to RBs Jaylen Samuels, Trey Edmunds and Tony Brooks-James.

Steelers RB James Conner (shoulder) put in a full week of practice and isn't listed on the final injury report. He'll return for Thursday night's game against a Browns defense that's been gashed for 5.4 yards per carry by RBs over the last 5 games.

The Steelers are expecting to get RB James Conner (shoulder) back for Thursday night's game against the Browns, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Gerry Dulac. RB Jaylen Samuels has mustered just 1.8 yards per carry over the past 2 weeks, so Conner should step right back in as Pittsburgh's lead ball-carrier. He'll be an upside fantasy play vs. a Cleveland defense that's coughed up 5.4 yards per carry to RBs over its last 5 games.

Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (foot) is active for today’s game against the Rams. He was added to the injury report on Friday, but we haven't heard anything about JuJu being limited in this one.

ESPN's Dianna Russini hears that Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (foot) is expected to play against the Rams later today. He popped up on the injury report on Friday and is listed as questionable. We won't get his official game-time status until 3 pm ET, but it sounds like JuJu is safe to keep in Week 10 fantasy lineups.

 
 
 

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