Thursday, October 20, 2016, 6:10pm
Friday, October 14, 2016, 6:25pm
Thursday, October 13, 2016, 7:01pm
Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams (not injury related) was removed from the injury report Thursday. Williams is dealing with a knee injury, but officially, he’s not. The team signed Karlos Williams to the practice squad, which may be related to DeAngelo’s situation.
Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 6:42pm
Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams (not injury related) did not practice Wednesday. Williams is dealing with a knee injury. The team signed Karlos Williams to the practice squad, which may be related to DeAngelo’s injury.
Friday, October 7, 2016, 6:27pm
Thursday, October 6, 2016, 6:05pm
Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 6:35pm
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on Wednesday morning extolled the virtues of the versatile LeVeon Bell, the former All Pro running back who's one of the league's best pass-catchers at his position. Roethlisberger said to expect packages in which tailbacks Bell and DeAngelo Williams both take part in snaps.
“Listen, we're not going to put him in at wide receiver and use DeAngelo as the running back,” Roethlisberger said of Bell, who returns from a three-game suspension this week in advance of Sunday night's home game against Kansas City. “But we will, I think, have them both on the field and move him out of the backfield.
“We're not going to take the ‘RB' off in front of his name and put ‘WR” – but I definitely think he's one of our best receivers.”
When a team has two good-to-great running backs, this is something that is often said but doesn't always happen. The Steelers may be without Eli Rogers (toe), though they could move Markus Wheaton to the slot, where he played (very effectively, by the way) last season before moving to the outside. Bell could also line up as a receiver at times, which would force the defense to adjust. Williams may have standalone value this year, but that wasn't the case last year. Williams saw only 4.5 touches per game in the six games that he and Bell both played.
HC Mike Tomlin said according to a tweet from the team's account, "You're going to see LeVeon Bell on Sunday, and a lot of him."
Related players: DeAngelo Williams
They get an elite pass-catcher at a crucial time, coming off a 34-3 beating in Philadelphia. And Kansas City's talented front seven is lurking Sunday night.
Bell essentially is a slot receiver, catching 83 passes for 854 yards in his last full season.
Just listen to center Maurkice Pouncey.
"It's going to be huge. It changes the passing game," Pouncey said of Bell, who served a three-game suspension for a violation of the league's substance-abuse policy."
Related players: DeAngelo Williams
Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and Bell played a total of 58 snaps together last season. That trio is ready to begin business in earnest. Williams was brilliant for most of the past three games, and he should remain involved in the offense. But the loss to the Eagles showed this team needs more receiving options downfield after the loss of Martavis Bryant for the season.
Friday, September 23, 2016, 6:21pm
Thursday, September 22, 2016, 6:07pm
Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 6:15pm
With Ben Roethlisberger and LeVeon Bell healthy, perhaps Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley can find a way to capitalize on both tailback's talents. Both players were on the field at times during the third preseason game at New Orleans.
Bell is still be the fantasy back to own here, but Williams has at least earned some touches and snaps once Bell is back for Week 4. However, as the story said, the Steelers have seemed to favor more of a one-back game plan over the years.
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