Monday, October 16, 2017, 5:51pm
John Ross, last seen when he fumbled his first NFL touch back on Sept. 14, returned to practice Monday as the Bengals began preparations for Sunday’s game (4:25 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 12) in Pittsburgh and it doesn’t sound like he’ll be ready for the Steelers.
But this is what he does know after he practiced in limited fashion for the first time in more than a month:
He feels good, he’s satisfied there’s nothing significantly wrong with the knee he injured in the Aug. 31 pre-season finale, and he’s been told it’s not related to the ACL he tore in the same knee during college.
"I'm good," Bryant said.
The NFL Network reported Sunday night that Bryant's unhappiness with his role in Pittsburgh's offense resulted in a trade request. ESPN's Dan Graziano confirmed the report.
Sources say early indications are the Steelers do not intend to trade Bryant, who is third on the team in targets (34) behind Le'Veon Bell (39) and Antonio Brown (74). Asked whether the Steelers have given him any indication about a possible trade, Bryant said he doesn't know and his agent handles those dealings, the story said.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are coming off their most comprehensive victory of the season, but one of their top receivers still wants out.
Martavis Bryant recently requested a trade from the AFC North leaders, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported late Sunday, per sources informed of Bryant's request. Rapoport noted that Bryant's teammates and coaches are well aware that the receiver is unhappy.
As the story said, the team stuck with Bryant through suspensions, so it's a bit of a surprise he wants out, although QB Ben Roethlisberger did criticize Bryant during that time. Bryant did tweet Sunday he's "happy to be a Steeler." Fantasy-wise, he's mostly been a boom or bust player with big-play potential, and this season, so far, it's mostly been bust as he tries to get back up to speed after being suspended all of last season. The Steelers have until the Oct. 31 trade deadline to make a move.
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After a full practice on Thursday, Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (concussion) is expected to play in Week 6 vs. the Steelers, according to head coach Andy Reid. Kelce is ranked as a top-three TE this week and should be safe to insert in your lineup.
In order to get Eli Rogers playing time in the slot and JuJu Smith-Schuster on the outside, Steelers WR Martavis Bryant might get a bit of break this week, according to QB Ben Roethlisberger on his recent 93.7 The Fan radio spot.
Bryant has been a disappointment for fantasy owners this season, recording only one game of double-digit fantasy points—Week 2, when he caught 3-of-4 passes for 91 yards and a touchdown. In his other four games, he has totaled 12 catches, 113 yards, and 0 TDs. Bryant is currently ranked as our No. 40 WR in standard leagues and our No. 50 WR in PPR leagues in a great matchup versus the Chiefs, according to our aFPA metrics. It's a risk starting him with confidence this week, but with four teams on a bye, you might be forced to do so.
Roethlisberger’s pity party came to an end at some point between Sunday afternoon and his weekly appearance on “Cook and Poni” on 93.7 The Fan on Tuesday morning. Roethlisberger said “not at all” when he was asked about that comment and whether he’s lost confidence in himself.
“Bad day at the office. You get frustrated, you feel like you let your teammates down,” Roethlisberger said.
Roethlisberger said he found that it’s “not the worst game I’ve ever played” when watching the game on film and that he still feels like he’s “one of the best in the world” at playing quarterback.
In a production meeting on Sunday night, Zimmer told ESPN’s broadcast crew he anticipates Bradford starting at quarterback, three weeks after a knee injury first kept Bradford out against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
A second opinion on the quarterback’s left knee on Sept. 22 confirmed the Vikings’ belief that Bradford would not need surgery on his knee, and after taking last week off to rest, Bradford participated in all three of the Vikings’ practices this week (albeit in a limited fashion).
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Bradford has played just one game this season, completing 27 of his 32 passes for 346 yards and three touchdowns in the Vikings’ season-opening win over the Saints.
Tight end Travis Kelce sat out the second half with a concussion. It’s too early to tell if Kelce will be able to play next Sunday when the Chiefs take on the Steelers at Arrowhead. Kelce has to pass a five step process before he can play again and on average, NFL players miss about one of two games after a concussion.
Kelce went up for a great catch in the second quarter but when he came down, Texan defender Marcus Gilchrist hit him helmet to helmet, causing Kelce’s neck to snap and then bounce against the turf. He was taken off the field and immediately began the NFL concussion protocol.
They took Kelce under the blue tent with the team doctor, and he appeared to be good enough to get back in the game, which he did for one play. At halftime, Kelce complained of being disoriented and memory loss, so the team doctor pulled him from the rest of the game, the story said.
Bryant was already a risky FLEX option this week against a Jags defense that's top-5 in our aFPA vs. WR rankings. Given his weekly volatility, you may want to start a more consistent option if available.
Friday, October 6, 2017, 6:42pm
Steelers TE Jesse James (shoulder) took full practice reps again Friday. James was removed from the injury report and may see heavy usage as his quarterback tries to avoid the stingy Jacksonville cornerbacks.
Friday, October 6, 2017, 6:42pm
Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette (ankle) took full practice reps again Friday. Fournette will be good to go to face the Steelers. He is the No. 4 running back in standard formats and he has three mediocre to favorable matchups before his team’s Week 8 bye.
Friday, October 6, 2017, 6:42pm
Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (not injury related) took full practice reps again Friday. Big Ben is back at home (where he thrives), but Jacksonville has been extremely stingy against the pass. This is shaping up to be a big Le’Veon Bell game.
Thursday, October 5, 2017, 6:29pm
Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette (ankle) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. Fournette will be good to go to face the Steelers. He is the No. 4 running back in standard formats and he has three mediocre to favorable matchups before his team’s Week 8 bye.
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