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LB Bjoern Werner
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WR Griff Whalen
CB Sheldon Price
OT Xavier Nixon
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Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 11:46am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Pittsburgh Steelers named Keith Butler as their new defensive coordinator Tuesday.

Butler was promoted to replace longtime defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau, who resigned Saturday after being notified that he would not be given a new contract with the team.

The 58-year-old Butler had been Pittsburgh's linebackers coach since 2003.

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger won't need knee surgery

Sunday, January 11, 2015, 12:07pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger opted out of the Pro Bowl as a precaution, but the decision is not related to a larger problem with his knee, his agent said in an email to ESPN.com Friday night.

"Ben was instructed by team doctors to avoid strenuous activity due to inflammation in his knee, thus he will not play in the Pro Bowl," agent Ryan Tollner said. "His knee will not require surgery and he looks forward to an otherwise healthy offseason to improve with his teammates."

Fantasy Impact:

Roethlisberger should be good to go for OTAs and minicamp.

Steelers DC Dick LeBeau resigns, but isn't retiring

Sunday, January 11, 2015, 11:52am

Urbana Citizen - [Full Article]

Calling it a “mutual parting,” Pro Football Hall of Famer Dick LeBeau told the Urbana Daily Citizen on Saturday that he is resigning as defensive coordinator of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“I’m resigning this position, not retiring,” LeBeau, 77, said in an exclusive interview with the Daily Citizen. “I had a great run in Pittsburgh. I’m grateful for all the things that have happened to me and thankful for all the support I had in Pittsburgh.”

Fantasy Impact:

The Steelers finished #18 in both points allowed and total defense.

There's a good chance that Torrey Smith draws an interference penalty this week

Thursday, January 8, 2015, 6:21pm

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

One the NFL’s most-penalized defenders, New England Patriots cornerback Brandon Browner, could cross paths Saturday with the league’s most prolific receiver in terms of drawing pass interference penalties, Torrey Smith.

Smith led the NFL with 11 defensive pass interference penalties drawn for 229 yards during the regular season, according to Football Outsiders, and added a 12th for 29 yards against the Steelers in the wild-card game. The next closest receiver, Green Bay Packers star Jordy Nelson, drew six flags for 129 yards.

“It’s definitely frustrating, but again, it’s part of the game,” Smith said this week. “I don’t want to be known for a guy that’s just getting held all the time, but it just happens. If I knew why it kept happening … I guess most times it’s because I’m moving pretty good, and it kind of surprises them a little bit, so they grab you.”

Browner, a physical corner signed from the Seattle Seahawks in the offseason, has played just nine games for the Patriots. He was called for five defensive pass interference penalties this season, and 15 penalties overall.

Fantasy Impact:

Unfortunately, pass interference penalties don't count in fantasy football.

Tomlin: QB Ben Roethlisberger may have surgery to 'clean up' his knee

Tuesday, January 6, 2015, 3:45pm

Ed Bouchette, Twitter - [Full Article]

HC Mike Tomlin said that QB Ben Roethlisberger may have offseason surgery to clean up his knee.

Fantasy Impact:

This is not ominous news given the timeframe. Roethlisberger should be fine for minicamp/OTAs if he's simply having his knee "cleaned up."

Saturday, January 3, 2015, 7:03pm

Steelers Inactives
LeVeon Bell RB
Lance Moore WR
Michael Palmer TE
Chris Hubbard G
Clifton Geathers DE
Ike Taylor CB
Landry Jones QB

Fantasy Impact:

Josh Harris will start at RB with Dri Archer providing change of pace services.

Friday, January 2, 2015, 5:04pm

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (not injury related, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 18. No worries here. Big Ben should be a quality start against a shaky secondary.

Friday, January 2, 2015, 5:04pm

Steelers RB LeVeon Bell (knee, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 18. With Bell out, Josh Harris should see the most touches in the Pittsburgh backfield. If he’s not able to run the ball effectively (which seems likely given Baltimore’s stout run defense), look for Ben Roethlisberger to air it out against a shaky secondary. Harris should be a decent cheap option in daily formats due to workload alone.

Friday, January 2, 2015, 5:04pm

Steelers TE Heath Miller (not injury related, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 18. Miller is good to go for a pretty good matchup against Baltimore.

Friday, January 2, 2015, 5:04pm

Steelers TE Michael Palmer (groin, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 18.

Steelers RB Josh Harris will start if Le'Veon Bell can't play

Thursday, January 1, 2015, 4:26pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Steelers RB Josh Harris is in line to start Saturday with LeVeon Bell probably still a couple of first downs shorts of questionable for the 8:15 p.m. ET game at Heinz Field.

Harris had just nine carries for 16 yards in five regular-season games, but the 5-11, 210-pounder ripped off a 59-yard run last Sunday night against the Cincinnati Bengals.

A holding penalty wiped out much of the gain. But the play goes down as one of the Steelers’ most significant 3-yard runs in recent memory given the role Harris might play against the Ravens.

"Josh is ready," said Bell, who did some light running and rode a stationary bike on Wednesday. "I’ve been watching him all year and I know what he’s capable of. You got a little glimpse of him (in) the Bengals game. He’s explosive. He knows all of his assignments. He’s not out there thinking any more. He’s just playing football. He’s only going to get better."

Fantasy Impact:

The Ravens are tough to run on, so we have Harris projected for about 74 yards on 18.7 touches.

Source: 'Doesn't look good' for LeVeon Bell to play in Wild Card game

Tuesday, December 30, 2014, 11:01am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Will the Steelers face the Ravens on Saturday minus the services of running back LeVeon Bell?

"It's too early to tell, but it doesn't look good," one source inside the organization told NFL Media's Aditi Kinkhabwala.

A Monday morning MRI on Bell's hyperextended right knee revealed no ligament damage, per ESPN's Adam Schefter, who reported that it will be "difficult" for Pittsburgh's star running back to suit up for this weekend's AFC playoff bout with Baltimore.

Fantasy Impact:

Jason La Canfora is also reporting Bell is 'likely out' for this weekend's game. Josh Harris is next up for the Steelers at RB, in what is a very tough matchup against the Ravens who are ranked third in allowing fantasy points to RBs. Dri Archer could also see more work, and the team is very close to signing free agent Ben Tate. Teams have had success throwing against the Ravens so that may be how Pittsburgh attacks this week if Bell is in fact out.

Steelers expected to sign RB Ben Tate

Tuesday, December 30, 2014, 9:58am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

In desperate need of a feature back with Le'Veon Bell's immediate future uncertain, the Steelers are working out former Texans, Vikings and Browns running back Ben Tate, ESPN reported Tuesday morning.

If the visit goes well, they are expected to sign the 26-year-old, once thought to be the best running back on the open market back in March.

Fantasy Impact:

Some inside the Steelers organization are doubtful that Bell will make an appearance on Saturday in prime time against the Ravens, which would make the need for an all-purpose back like Tate that much greater, the story said. The piece went on to say that in some respects, this is the ideal opportunity Tate has been waiting for. Just like former Steelers running back LeGarrette Blount knows, strong playoff performances can change perception, and after getting cut by two teams in less than a year, Tate is longing for that opportunity. The Ravens do present a tough matchup however, as they are ranked third in allowing fantasy points to RBs.

Steelers Beat: LeVeon Bell could play vs. Ravens

Monday, December 29, 2014, 5:58pm

Tribune Review - [Full Article]

LeVeon Bell slowly hobbled to and from the Steelers locker room on Monday, a little more than 12 hours after hyperextending his right knee in the third quarter of the Steelers' 27-17 AFC North-clinching win over Cincinnati.

Coach Mike Tomlin said Bell suffered no structural damage to the knee from the hit from Bengals safety Reggie Nelson, meaning there is a possibility that the Steelers team MVP could be ready to play Saturday night against Baltimore in a wild card playoff game.

“If he suffered no structural damage (ACL, PCL), then yes, he can play,” said Dr. David Geier, an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist in Charleston, S.C. “He would just have to work through discomfort, stiffness and weakness.”

Geier said pain killers toradol and cortisone are popular treatments to allow players to get back on the field quickly after suffering injuries similar to Bell's.

The Steelers won't have an update on Bell's status until Tuesday, and Bell's agent, Adisi Bakari, did not return a message.

Fantasy Impact:

It's going to be a short week for Bell, so he has that working against him. But according to the doctor quoted in the story, it's just a matter of playing through any discomfort. The Ravens don't present a great matchup, ranked third in allowing fantasy points to RBs. Bell had a 10-20-0 line in Week 9 when the teams last met and then an 11-59-0 line back in Week 2.