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Steelers RB James Conner (shoulder) did not practice on Wednesday. His injury isn't believed to be serious, but he shouldn't be considered a lock to play against the Colts this weekend. Conner's absence would make Jaylen Samuels a borderline RB1 in a feature role.

Steelers RB Jaylen Samuels (knee) is "ready to go" for Week 9, HC Mike Tomlin said Tuesday. Samuels was a full-go in practice all last week before being ruled inactive for Monday night's game against Miami. His return comes at a good time after RBs James Conner (shoulder) and Benny Snell (knee) both left the Dolphins game with injuries. Conner reportedly has a shot to play against the Colts this weekend. But Samuels should be owned in all fantasy leagues at this point.

Steelers RB James Conner left Monday night's win over the Dolphins late with a shoulder injury. HC Mike Tomlin said after the game that it's an AC-joint issue that they'll evaluate further Tuesday. We'll see how significant the injury is. Pittsburgh also lost RB Benny Snell to a knee injury earlier in the game. RB Jaylen Samuels seems to be trending toward a Week 9 return, though.

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Steelers rookie RB Benny Snell left Monday night's game against the Dolphins with a knee injury and has been ruled out. Pittsburgh led comfortably in the 2nd half when Snell's status was announced, but ruling Snell out points to an issue at least worth watching. RB Jaylen Samuels appears on the verge of returning, which would marginalize Snell's role anyway.

Steelers ILB Mark Barron (hamstring) is active for tonight's game against the Dolphins. He missed Week 6 but managed full practices on 2 of 3 days this week. Barron remains a risky IDP, as we don't yet know how he and Vince Williams might split playing time. But Barron's available if you waited for him.

Steelers RB Jaylen Samuels is inactive for tonight's game against the Dolphins. He entered the night questionable after returning to full practices all week. But Samuels is just 3 weeks removed from arthroscopic knee surgery. It's undoubtedly a good thing Pittsburgh decided to rest him at least another week rather than push Samuels back for a game in which the offense shouldn't need him. Samuels' absence keeps Benny Snell in the #2 RB role.

Steelers ILB Mark Barron is questionable for Monday night's game against the Dolphins. He missed last week's game but sandwiched full practices Thursday and Saturday this week around a limited workout Friday. Barron seems to be trending toward playing. He's not a strong enough IDP to be worth waiting for in most cases, though. And even an active Barron could split time with Vince Williams.

Steelers RB Jaylen Samuels in questionable for Monday night's game against the Dolphins but appears likely to play. He told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that he's "real close" to 100% and put in full practices all week. Samuels seems likely to play, though it'll be risky to wait on him unless you have another Monday night play to sub in. The matchup with Miami does add some sleeper appeal.

Steelers QB Mason Rudolph (concussion) was a full-go in Thursday's practice. It's confirmation that he's on track to return for Monday night's game against the Dolphins. He's a viable play in 2-QB leagues in that plus matchup.

Steelers RB Jaylen Samuels (knee) was listed as a full participant in Thursday's practice. He's seemingly ready to return for Monday night's game against the Dolphins just 3 weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. Samuels should slide back in as Pittsburgh's #2 RB and is on the RB3/Flex radar vs. Miami's 31st-ranked RB defense.

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.

 
 
 

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