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Monday, October 20, 2014, 7:15pm

Steelers Inactives
Justin Brown WR
Christopher Hubbard G
Landry Jones QB
Steve McLendon NT
Ryan Shazier ILB
Ike Taylor CB
Shamarko Thomas SS

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Trent Richardson leaves with hamstring injury

Sunday, October 19, 2014, 7:50pm

Kevin Brown on Twitter - [Full Article]

Colts RB Trent Richardson suffered a hamstring injury.

Fantasy Impact:

That left Ahmad Bradshaw to carry the load, and while he did fumble he also scored two TDs. Richardson tweeted he would be fine, but we can't always depend on a player for an accurate injury update. Daniel Herron chipped in with five carries. Richardson had rushed 14 times for 77 yards before getting hurt so he was running well. Indy plays in a late afternoon game in Week 8 against the Steelers so owners will need a backup plan in case he's a game-time call.

Week 7 MNF Injury Report - Arian Foster, Andre Johnson, DeAndre Hopkins PROBABLE

Saturday, October 18, 2014, 4:42pm

Texans
OUT
CB Darryl Morris (ankle)

QUESTIONABLE
LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee), LB Mike Mohamed (calf)

PROBABLE
G Brandon Brooks (illness), LB Brian Cushing (knee), RB Arian Foster (groin), WR DeAndre Hopkins (hand), DE Tim Jamison (groin), WR Andre Johnson (ankle), CB Johnathan Joseph (knee), C Chris Myers (not injury related), T Derek Newton (elbow), LB Brooks Reed (groin), LB Jeff Tarpinian (knee), DE J.J. Watt (thigh)

Steelers
OUT
DT Steve McLendon (shoulder), CB Ivan Taylor (forearm), S Shamarko Thomas (hamstring)

QUESTIONABLE
LB Ryan Shazier (knee)

PROBABLE
DE Cameron Heyward (ankle), RB Will Johnson (illness), DE Brett Keisel (knee), S Michael Mitchell (knee), S Troy Polamalu (not injury related)

Fantasy Impact:

For the Texans, it looks like Arian Foster, Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins all have a great shot to play on Monday night against the Steelers. It's a better matchup for Foster and the running game as the Steelers rank just 20th in allowing fantasy points to RBs, and as a result we have Foster third on our RB list for Week 7. While in the passing game, the Steelers are sixth in allowing fantasy points to WRs. Johnson is ranked 18th this week and Hopkins is 26th.

Monday, October 13, 2014, 9:49am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger struggled getting the ball to WR Markus Wheaton. Roethlisberger targeted Wheaton 11 times, but they connected four times for 33 yards.

Roethlisberger barely overthrew a wide-open Wheaton in the end zone in the fourth quarter. Earlier in a game that the Steelers actually controlled through the first 15 minutes, Roethlisberger fired a pass that Wheaton wasn’t ready for on a critical third down inside the Browns' 10-yard line.

Roethlisberger apparently expected to Wheaton to snap his head around sooner. That Wheaton looked surprised to see the ball coming his way spoke volumes about how alarmingly lacking the Steelers have been when it comes to details, something that goes straight to the top of the coaching staff.

Fantasy Impact:

The two don't seem to be on the same page and it was again Antonio Brown who went over 100 yards with a TD, even seeing a lot of time against Browns stud CB Joe Haden. Steeler WRs have historically put up fantasy-worthy numbers over the years but so far Wheaton hasn't had more than 60 yards receiving in a game since Week 1.

Saturday, October 11, 2014, 4:47pm

Ohio.com - [Full Article]

Now that Brian Hoyer has established himself as the starting quarterback of the Browns for at least the short term, he’s in position to make a case for himself as the long-term answer.

He’ll reach a crossroads in his quest Sunday when the Browns (2-2) host the Pittsburgh Steelers (3-2).

With the Browns seeking their first AFC North win of the season after stumbling to 0-2 in the division, defeating the Steelers in a game of tremendous importance would be a significant item Hoyer could check off his to-do list as he tries to prove he should be more than just a bridge to rookie Johnny Manziel, the 22nd overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft.

Fantasy Impact:

The story goes on to say that, so far, Hoyer has successfully rebounded from the torn anterior cruciate ligament he suffered Oct. 3, 2013. Hoyer is 5-2 as a starter for the Browns, and he has only started eight games in his six-year NFL career. He went 3-0 last season, which was abruptly cut short by injury, learned a new offense in the aftermath of a coaching change, held off Manziel during a quarterback competition in the summer and has gone 2-2 this season. Since Hoyer joined the Browns last year, they have averaged 26 points in his seven starts and 17.6 points in all other games. The Browns, however, don’t know Hoyer’s ceiling yet because the sample size is still small. So Hoyer must stay healthy, continue to play well and, above all, win.

Friday, October 10, 2014, 6:13pm

Jaguars RB Storm Johnson (ankle, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 6. Johnson should see his role expand after he looked competent with 27 yards on four carries against the Steelers. He’s a decent flex option for owners in need. The game should remain competitive throughout, allowing Johnson to rack up some touches.

Friday, October 10, 2014, 6:13pm

Browns RB Ben Tate (finger, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 6. Tate is ready to go for a so-so matchup against the Steelers. The Browns showed last week that they plan on feeding him when he’s healthy.

Friday, October 10, 2014, 6:13pm

Steelers TE Heath Miller (not injury related, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 6.

Thursday, October 9, 2014, 6:46pm

Jaguars RB Storm Johnson (ankle) took full practice reps again Thursday. Johnson could see his role expand after he looked competent with 27 yards on four carries against the Steelers. Toby Gerhart struggling with a foot injury certainly helps Johnson’s cause.

Thursday, October 9, 2014, 6:46pm

Steelers TE Heath Miller (not injury related) returned to full practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday. Miller regularly gets veteran rest early in the week.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 6:37pm

Jaguars RB Storm Johnson (ankle) practiced fully Wednesday. Johnson could see his role expand after he looked competent with 27 yards on four carries against the Steelers. Toby Gerhart practiced fully and is still the starter in Jacksonville.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 6:37pm

Browns RB Ben Tate (finger) practiced fully Wednesday. Tate is good to go after his 22-carry, 123-yard outing against the Titans in Week 5. Expect another nice day against the Steelers in Week 6.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 6:37pm

Steelers TE Heath Miller (not injury related) did not practice Wednesday. Miller regularly gets veteran rest early in the week.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 5:38pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

With Carson Palmer still in a holding pattern, waiting for some clarity on his injured shoulder, and Drew Stanton going through concussion protocol, the Cardinals are in the market for some quarterback depth.

With some free space on the practice squad, they've signed former Steelers, Ravens, Bills and Eagles quarterback Dennis Dixon. The 29-year-old Oregon product spent time with Arizona coach Bruce Arians in Pittsburgh and knows how to run his system if need be.

Saturday, October 4, 2014, 9:20pm

Tribune Review - [Full Article]

There was a time not long ago that no football team ran plays out of the pistol formation. In fact, there was no such thing until longtime Nevada coach Chris Ault designed the formation about a decade ago.

Now the pistol is everywhere, including the Jacksonville Jaguars' playbook.

With Chad Henne first and now Blake Bortles, the Jaguars have used the pistol formation plenty, but the most successful play has been the strong left motion 3 wide pistol zone stretch — a running play that isn't easy to defend.

Bortles — the Jaguars' first-round pick in May — ran out of the pistol formation, especially with the outside zone concept, with success last week against the San Diego Chargers.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin took notice of the difference between Bortles and Henne heading the pistol.

“They do some shotgun and pistol-like plays, some quarterback keeps and zone read stuff that really slows you down a little bit defensively,” Tomlin said. “Or at the very least it makes you acknowledge some of the responsibility football associated with some of that multi-dimensional offensive attacks like that.”

Fantasy Impact:

As the story points out, in the pistol formation, the quarterback lines up 4 yards behind the center, which is much closer than the 7-yard setback in a traditional shotgun formation. The running back lines up 3 yards directly behind the quarterback at tailback. The pistol is used for a number of reasons: It makes the defense defend both sides of the formation. It can spread the field by formation. It can use the quarterback as a runner. It can use the quick passing game to keep defenders out of the box. It's becoming a more popular formation in the NFL because it can freeze defenses with a mix of downhill rush plays and wide-open passing from the same formation.