Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 2/22/17 11:43am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (groin) is not scheduled to undergo groin surgery at this time even though he met with doctors after the season, according to a source. Bell probably would have had surgery by now if it was necessary.
Huddle Up: Bell likely will rehab the injury during the offseason and could be limited during workouts but should be fine for training camp. He probably will receive the franchise tag from the Steelers or sign a long-term contract. He continues to be one of the best running backs in the NFL and should be a weekly starting option in fantasy leagues.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 2/17/17 3:53pm ET
Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said he expects Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger to play in 2017.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger hinted about retirement after the season, but most people believe that he will play at least one more season. He recorded 3,819 yards and 29 touchdowns in 2016 and will have most of his weapons back next season. He can be considered a No. 1 quarterback in most fantasy leagues.
Ladarius Green - TEPosted 2/17/17 7:39pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Ladarius Green (concussion) is expected to be ready for the start of spring practice, according to general manager Kevin Colbert.
Huddle Up: Green's concussion history is concerning, but he showed flashes of his potential when healthy in 2016. Feel free to gamble on his TE1 upside, but make sure you have a solid alternative in place.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 2/16/17 12:19pm ET
The Pittsburgh Steelers want impending free-agent RB Le'Veon Bell and WR Antonio Brown to remain Steelers for the rest of their respective careers, according to general manager Kevin Colbert.
Huddle Up: One would hope so. Bell and Brown are two of the best players in the NFL and arguably the best at their respective positions. Both are early first-round picks no matter the format, as long as they're healthy.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 2/16/17 2:58pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers impending free-agent RB Le'Veon Bell will hit the free-agent market March 9, and general manager Kevin Colbert said signing Bell and tagging Bell are both options. 'The tag is always an option, and it's something we'll use if necessary,' Colbert said. Colbert did add that even if Bell is tagged the Steelers still want to sign him to a long-term deal eventually.
Huddle Up: Bell is perennially one of the best running backs in the league. It would be in the Steelers' best interest to sign their star running back to a long-term contract sooner rather than later. It's unlikely that Bell will be playing for another team in 2017. He should be one of the first players taken in fantasy drafts as long as he is in good health.
Ladarius Green - TEPosted 2/16/17 5:48pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Ladarius Green is not currently in the NFL's concussion protocol, but he's yet to be cleared from a concussion that he sustained in the team's Week 15 game opposite the Cincinnati Bengals.
Huddle Up: This is definitely concerning, as health continues to be a roadblock for the 26-year-old tight end. Green has flashed notable potential before of being a legitimate TE1, but until he proves he can stay healthy, owners should look elsewhere in that department. He was limited to just six games this past season.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 2/14/17 12:17pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (groin) and the Steelers are being investigated by the NFL over injury report protocol regarding Bell's groin injury. The injury was not listed on injury reports in the weeks before the AFC Championship. Bell left that game because of the groin injury. Pittsburgh has said that Bell's injury did not impact his practice participation as Bell missed practice due to a personal matter, not an injury. These investigations may lead to fines, suspensions or lost draft picks.
Huddle Up: It's unlikely that the Steelers would be punished if Bell indeed missed practice because of a personal matter. Nonetheless, Bell is arguably the best player in the fantasy football realm and is worthy of being the No. 1 overall pick in all formats next season.
Ladarius Green - TEPosted 2/14/17 8:38pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Ladarius Green is likely to remain on the roster, according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, who believes there is 'no reason for them not to bring him back.' He added: 'His health will determine what happens from there.'
Huddle Up: Of course, that last item is huge, as health has always been the main bugaboo about Green's career. The 26-year-old has a history of concussions and was limited to just six games this past season, and while he's shown glimpses of being a legitimate, dependable TE1, it doesn't mean much if he can't get off the sidelines. Green will have to prove he can stay on the field before being relied upon in fantasy leagues in '17.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 2/7/17 8:50pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (groin) mentioned to people around him that he will seek a third opinion on potentially getting surgery. Previously, one doctor told him to get it, while the other suggested rest.
Huddle Up: This is the injury that led to Bell departing in the AFC Championship Game, and while his course of action is still unknown, owners can pretty much dismiss this issue going into next season. By the start of training camp, he should be back to 100 percent, and as a result, he can be safely relied upon as one of the first few players taken off the board in drafts everywhere.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 2/5/17 10:21am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown has already had contract with the front office in regards to a contract extension, but Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette believes the team should consider trading him as he enters his walk year. According to Cook, Brown committed three excessive celebration penalties early in the season, jogged back to the line of scrimmage in the team's first playoff game during a two-minute drill and frequently ran the wrong routes in more than one game as a way to pout about how he was being used.
Huddle Up: As Cook points out, the Steelers have a lot of places to spend the money they would theoretically not use on Brown should they decide enough is enough, such as extending Le'Veon Bell and/or Stephon Tuitt. It's unlikely a trade ever comes to fruition, but it has become clear the Facebook Live incident drove some of the people on the fence about Brown's previous antics over the edge. The 28-year-old Brown is a good bet to remain a Steeler and remain a top-three fantasy receiver for at least one or two more years.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 2/3/17 5:18pm ET
The Pittsburgh Steelers have begun contract extension talks with WR Antonio Brown and both sides are optimistic about agreement being reached well before training camp, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Brown has been one of the best receivers in the NFL over the last few years but has been underpaid during those seasons. The two sides have plenty of time to work on a deal, so owners should keep an eye on the situation. Brown will be a No. 1 receiver in leagues in 2017 and could be a first-round pick in drafts.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 2/1/17 10:14am ET
Updating an ongoing story, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (groin) is still assessing his options to determine if he needs offseason groin surgery. 'I'm kind of in the process of seeing a couple of doctors, seeing if I have to get surgery or not,' Bell said. 'I'm hoping for the best, but I understand it's a tough game. If I don't get surgery, I go into the rehab process, work hard, get back to how I was last year, or actually, better. I'm going to take it from there.'
Huddle Up: Bell is set to become a free agent in March but is a priority for the Steelers. It would be surprising if he signed elsewhere. He remains a surefire RB1 as long as he enters draft season healthy and out of trouble.
Ladarius Green - TEPosted 1/31/17 1:11pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Ladarius Green has 'physical conditions' the Steelers need to evaluate this offseason, according to owner Art Rooney. Rooney was non-committal on Green's future in Pittsburgh.
Huddle Up: Green's main concern regarding his future is the multiple concussions he's sustained. His offensive skill is undeniable, but he may be too much of a liability in real life and in fantasy football.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 1/31/17 1:40pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is expected to return next season, according to owner Art Rooney, despite uncertainty regarding his future. Rooney did admit, however, that the Steelers are probably due to look at quarterbacks in this year's draft class.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger's long career has taken its toll. He hasn't played a full season since 2014 and has only played three full seasons in his 13-year career. If he does return, he's a borderline QB1, but it would probably safer to draft him as a high-end QB2.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 1/31/17 2:06pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers Le'Veon Bell is being viewed as a long-term asset to the Steelers, according to owner Art Rooney. Rooney said the Steelers are looking at Bell from a long-term view as opposed to simply placing the franchise tag on their star running back. Rooney added that he believes Bell has grown from his suspensions.
Huddle Up: Even with his suspension this season, Bell easily produced RB1 numbers. Bell, David Johnson and Ezekiel Elliott are each worthy of being the first running back selected in fantasy drafts next season, although Bell and Johnson possess more value in PPR leagues.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 1/31/17 2:27pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown is expected to get a long-term deal done in his contract year, according to owner Art Rooney.
Huddle Up: Obviously the Steelers want to lock up Brown for a long time. He's arguably the best receiver in the NFL and is a PPR mammoth every season. As is the case every year, Brown should be one of, if not, the first receivers taken in fantasy drafts in 2017.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 1/29/17 10:20am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown is about to enter the final season of a six-year contract he signed in 2012. However, his antics are reportedly 'wearing thin' on some of his teammates and coaches. One week after live streaming head coach Mike Tomlin's postgame speech after the Steelers' Divisional Round over the Kansas City Chiefs, he drew criticism from Ben Roethlisberger for pouting about not getting the ball enough in the AFC Championship loss to the New England Patriots.
Huddle Up: Brown has not missed a game in four years and is one of the hardest working players on the team, by all accounts. While he does appear to have leverage in any future negotiations with the Steelers, the team hasn't hesitated moving on from players who may bring unfavorable attention to the organization. In all likelihood, Brown will work something out with Pittsburgh sometime in the next few months. He will once again be in the running to be the first receiver off the board in fantasy drafts in 2017.
DeAngelo Williams - RBPosted 1/29/17 10:46am ET
Impending free-agent RB DeAngelo Williams is unlikely to return to the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2017, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette.
Huddle Up: The Steelers may have tipped this off when they signed Karlos Williams to a Reserve/Future contract last week, but DeAngelo Williams is set to turn 34 in April. Given Le'Veon Bell's recent issues and current contract status, Pittsburgh likely wants someone more dependable than the former Williams and younger than the latter Williams. Expect the Steelers to add a back in the draft in about three months.
Ladarius Green - TEPosted 1/29/17 10:36am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Ladarius Green could be released before the start of the 2017 season, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette.
Huddle Up: To be clear, Bouchette said it was 'possible' Green won't return. The fifth-year pro, who signed a four-year, $20 million contract last March, has long been one of the most talented players at his position in the league, but his concussion and overall durability issues are concerning to say the least. Jesse James stepped up his play down the stretch this year and would presumably take over the lead role in his absence, but he is little more than a TE2 option most weeks.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 1/28/17 11:38am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown caught 17 passes for 181 yards and two touchdowns against the Baltimore Ravens this season.
Huddle Up: Brown produced in two games against the Ravens but also played well against most opponents. Brown should continue to receive a lot of targets in the passing game in 2017 and should be a No. 1 receiver in all fantasy leagues.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 1/25/17 3:36pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger threw for 1,915 yards, 20 touchdowns and five interceptions at home this season. He threw for 1,904 yards, nine touchdowns and eight interceptions on the road.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger has had problems on the road in each of the last two seasons but has played very well at Heinz Field. He has mentioned the possibility of retirement after the season but there is a good chance he will be back for 2017. He should be considered a decent No. 1 quarterback in fantasy leagues if he plays.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 1/24/17 9:32am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger hinted retirement was an option when he joined The Cook and Poni Show on 93.7 The Fan on Tuesday, Jan. 24. 'I?m going to take this offseason to evaluate, to consider all options. To consider health, and family and things like that and just kind of take some time away to evaluate next season, if there?s going to be a next season,' Roethlisberger said.
Huddle Up: It's likely a bit of an emotional reaction in the wake of a disappointing result in the AFC Championship this past weekend. Roethlisberger is only 34 and would owe Pittsburgh $18.6 million if he calls it a career, so the odds are he will be back in 2017. With that said, the Steelers probably need to ramp up their efforts to find his successor in the next draft or two.
Martavis Bryant - WRPosted 1/24/17 9:37am ET
Suspended Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant applied for reinstatement early this month, but head coach Mike Tomlin said while he is 'hopeful', he is also in 'wait-and-see mode' in regards to his potential return to the team.
Huddle Up: It is an expected reaction from a coach regarding a player who has suited up in only 21 of a potential 48 regular-season games since he was selected in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Bryant reportedly considered retirement at one point during his year-long suspension, but his application for reinstatement suggests that is no longer an issue. Bryant has been a huge big-play threat during his brief rollercoaster career and a player the Steelers missed while he sat out in 2016.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 1/23/17 5:13am ET
Updating previous reports, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (groin) returned to the AFC Championship game Sunday, Jan. 22, for one play after suffering a groin injury. He left again, and he didn't return.
Huddle Up: Bell is expected to remain with the club in 2017, possibly via the franchise tag, and he'll be one of the top running back options in fantasy.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 1/23/17 5:55am ET
Updating an earlier report, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (groin) had an injured groin before the AFC Championship game Sunday, Jan. 22. Bell said he had been managing the ailment, but he knew during warmups that he wasn't close to 100 percent. He left the game and returned for one play, but he knew his day was done afterwards. 'I saw the seam and couldn't hit it,' Bell said. 'It was like I was running 50 percent out there. At that point, I knew I couldn't go. I was holding the team back.'
Huddle Up: Bell will be one of the top options at the position in fantasy drafts next season. There is some concern about his durability, though. He's a fantastic combo back in PPR leagues, but he has had a knack for injuries the last few years.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 1/23/17 12:21pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown caught just five passes for 53 yards in zone coverage against the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game. He only bested Patriots CB Malcolm Butler for two catches and 24 yards in zone coverage.
Huddle Up: Butler did a great job in coverage all game. Look for him to shadow Julio Jones as much as possible in the Super Bowl. Despite Brown's lack of success in such a crucial game, he remains a top-tier receiver in all fantasy formats for 2017.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 1/23/17 12:13pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger completed 16 of 17 passes for 123 yards versus the New England Patriots' zone defense in the AFC Championship game.
Huddle Up: All things considered, Roethlisberger had a good game statistically, but the Patriots really limited the Steelers' big-play potential. A large part of that was due to Antonio Brown not finding much room as Malcolm Butler did a great job in coverage all game. Look for Butler to shadow Julio Jones as much as possible in the Super Bowl. Injuries and gradual decline make Roethlisberger a backup fantasy option next season.
Ladarius Green - TEPosted 1/22/17 7:29am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Ladarius Green (concussion, illness) is not expected to play in the AFC Championship game versus the New England Patriots Sunday, Jan. 22.
Huddle Up: Green was a limited participant in practice Friday, Jan. 20, but remains in the league's concussion protocol and hasn't suited up for a game since Week 15. He should be avoided in all fantasy playoff pools even if he is miraculously cleared to play Sunday.
Ladarius Green - TEPosted 1/22/17 12:47pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Ladarius Green (concussion) is not part of the team's game plan for the AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots. Green could be active for the game but would not receive playing time.
Huddle Up: Green has not been cleared to play and likely will sit out another game. Jesse James is coming off a solid performance in the last game and should receive a decent amount of targets against the Patriots. James could be a low-end No. 1 tight end in fantasy leagues.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 1/22/17 4:20pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (undisclosed) was on the sideline as the first quarter closed against the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday, Jan. 22. Bell was seen wincing and talking to the team trainer.
Huddle Up: DeAngelo Williams has been effective his stead, but it doesn't appear Bell's injury is severe.
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