Top Steelers News

  • Steelers' Diontae Johnson: Considered day to day

    Johnson said he's day to day with an unspecified injury, Chris Adamski of reports.

    After dealing with a hip injury early in training camp, Johnson made it back for the second week of the preseason, catching three of five targets for 46 yards and a touchdown while playing deep into the fourth quarter. The rookie third-round pick doesn't appear headed for a significant Week 1 role on offense, but he could get chances throughout the year if Donte Moncrief and/or James Washington disappoint. An absence from Saturday's preseason game against Tennessee wouldn't help Johnson's case.

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  • Steelers' Lavon Hooks: Out with Achilles injury

    Hooks is out for the season after suffering an Achilles injury at Wednesday's practice, tTom Pelissero of reports.

    Hooks signed a reserve/future contract with the Steelers at the end of last season but won't get the chance to play in 2019. The 27-year-old went undrafted out of Ole Miss in 2015 and has yet to make his NFL debut.

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  • Steelers' JuJu Smith-Schuster: Working on downfield skills

    Smith-Schuster is focused on becoming more of a deep threat outside, Kevin Gorman of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. "Being able to catch the deep balls down the field," Smith-Schuster said. "That's what I've focused on a lot, catching the ball over the shoulder and being able to be a threat on the outside."

    With Antonio Brown off to Oakland and slot specialists Ryan Switzer and Eli Rogers left behind in Pittsburgh, there's an excellent chance Smith-Schuster takes more of his snaps outside this season. It's less clear if he'll become a viable deep threat, but he's so good at everything else that it shouldn't be a major issue if he struggles to gain separation on go routes. His work after the catch has led to some huge plays through two seasons, including gains of 97, 97, 75, 69 and 67 yards.

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  • Steelers' Vance McDonald: Stuck in committee

    Offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner said Wednesday that McDonald won't see a significant increase in playing time compared to a season ago, Dale Lolley of reports. "[McDonald] still won't," Fichtner said. "He's never going to play the full game. That's never going to happen."

    There was hope McDonald might handle a three-down role after the Steelers lost Jesse James to Detroit this offseason, but Fichtner apparently wants to keep Pittsburgh's top tight end in a timeshare, splitting snaps with Xavier Grimble and/or Zach Gentry. The plan seems to be influenced by McDonald's injury history as well as his reputation as a subpar blocker. McDonald should still be on the field for a majority of Pittsburgh's pass plays, with potential to be targeted on a higher percentage of his routes now that the offense doesn't have Antonio Brown hogging looks. Even so, it can only be taken as bad news for fantasy managers when the man in charge of the offense makes it clear he's committed to a timeshare. While stuck in a similar situation in 2018, McDonald posted a 50-610-4 receiving line across 72 targets and 564 snaps.

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  • Steelers' Johnny Holton: Used on special teams Saturday

    Holton (hamstring) failed to haul in his lone target and returned two kickoffs in Saturday's preseason game against the Chiefs.

    Holton had been dealing with a hamstring injury for a couple weeks, but it looks like he is past it now. While Holton appears to be buried on the team's wide receiver depth chart, it looks like he could have a chance to make the final roster on special teams.

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  • Steelers' J.C. Hassenauer: Activated for preseason

    Hassenauer played three snaps in Saturday's preseason game against the Chiefs.

    Reports of Hassenauer's knee injury surfaced two weeks ago, and while he only played three snaps in Saturday's game, he was healthy enough to be made active.

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  • Steelers' Sean Davis: Returns from hand injury

    Davis (hand) recorded two solo tackles in Saturday's preseason game against the Chiefs.

    Davis had been nursing a hand injury for a little over a week, but the open wound he was dealing with appears to have healed. Davis played 35 snaps in the secondary.

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  • Steelers' Artie Burns: Back in action Saturday

    Burns (groin) started at cornerback and recorded one tackle in Saturday's preseason game against the Chiefs.

    Burns had been nursing a groin injury for a couple weeks, but it looks like he is back to full strength after playing 48 snaps in Saturday's game.

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  • Steelers' Tuzar Skipper: Another sack in win

    Skipper totaled three tackles (two solo) including a sack and recovered a fumble in the Steelers' 17-7 preseason win over the Chiefs on Saturday.

    The undrafted rookie is doing everything possible to get noticed by the Pittsburgh coaching staff and now has a sack in each of the first two games this preseason. Still, the team is deep at the linebacker position, hurting Skipper's chances of making the 53-man roster.

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2018 Team Statistical Rankings

Rushing Passing Overall
Off. 90.3
Def. 96.1


Player Injury
D. Bush LB Devin Bush LB Shoulder
H. Waters CB Herb Waters CB Undisclosed
R. Shazier LB Ryan Shazier LB Spine
D. DeCastro G David DeCastro G Undisclosed
M. Pouncey C Maurkice Pouncey C Lower Back

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