Pittsburgh Steelers
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Darnell Washington
Darnell Washington Clear of knee injury
Fri, Sep 29, 2023, 2:55 PM
Washington (knee) practiced fully Friday and doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Texans.
Analysis: Washington didn't practice Thursday but alleviated any fears about his knee injury with a full session Friday. The rookie tight end has played between 38 and 48 percent of offensive snaps in each of Pittsburgh's first three games, but Washington has been used exclusively as a blocker, having yet to garner a target.
Allen Robinson
Allen Robinson Good to go for Week 4
Fri, Sep 29, 2023, 2:51 PM
Robinson (ankle) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game in Houston.
Analysis: Robinson made steady progress throughout the week, as he got a limited practice in Thursday after sitting out Wednesday, then upgraded to full participation Friday to avoid an injury designation altogether. The veteran wide receiver has 11 catches for 100 yards on 15 targets through three games with Pittsburgh. Robinson and Calvin Austin should continue to see extra opportunities alongside George Pickens with Diontae Johnson (hamstring ) on injured reserve.
Allen Robinson
Allen Robinson Back to limited practice Thursday
Thu, Sep 28, 2023, 2:56 PM
Robinson (ankle) was upgraded to a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Robinson was DNP Wednesday, so this puts him on track to play in Week 4 against the Texans. The Steelers' slot man, Robinson has turned 15 targets into a scoreless 11-100-0 receiving line after three games. He's not a high-percentage fantasy bet in a run-based offense.
Darnell Washington
Darnell Washington Logs DNP Thursday
Thu, Sep 28, 2023, 2:54 PM
Washington (knee) did not participate in Thursday's practice, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Washington's knee issue isn't new, but this DNP comes after the rookie tight end wasn't even listed on the injury report Wednesday. His status for Week 4 is now in question. He's been a complete non-factor in the box score through three weeks, failing to draw a single target on 79 offensive snaps.
Gunner Olszewski
Gunner Olszewski Clears protocols
Thu, Sep 28, 2023, 11:47 AM
Olszewski cleared the NFL's concussion protocols Thursday, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Olszewski was able to practice in full Wednesday, helping to clear the way for him to gain clearance to play Sunday against the Texans. The 26-year-old missed the team's Week 3 win over the Raiders. after suffering the concussion in Week 2 against the Browns.
Gunner Olszewski
Gunner Olszewski Practices fully Wednesday
Wed, Sep 27, 2023, 7:40 PM
Olszewski (concussion) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice.
Analysis: It's unclear if Olszewski is through the concussion protocol, but the full practice does put him on track to return for Week 4 after he missed last Sunday night's win over the Raiders. The slot man has played just one snap each on offense and special teams this season.
Allen Robinson
Allen Robinson Misses practice Wednesday
Wed, Sep 27, 2023, 5:13 PM
Robinson (ankle) didn't practice Wednesday, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.
Analysis: Coach Mike Tomlin previously noted that Robinson might be limited during the early portions of the week, so the wideout's absence from practice Wednesday wasn't surprising. Robinson now has two more chances to return to the field ahead of Sunday's game against the Texans and he'll presumably need to practice fully by the end of the week in order to avoid heading into the weekend with an injury designation.
Allen Robinson
Allen Robinson Tending to ankle issue
Tue, Sep 26, 2023, 11:24 AM
Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that Robinson is dealing with an ankle injury that may limit him during the early part of Week 4 prep, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.
Analysis: The Steelers will take the field Wednesday for their first practice of the week, but it seems as if Robinson will have some sort of cap on his reps. As a result, his activity level will be something to watch as the week goes on to get a sense of his availability for Sunday's game at Houston. With Diontae Johnson (hamstring) on IR and Gunner Olszewski in the concussion protocol, George Pickens, Calvin Austin, Miles Boykin and Dez Fitzpatrick are the the healthy wide receivers on Pittsburgh's active roster.
Calvin Austin
Calvin Austin Finds end zone vs. Las Vegas
Mon, Sep 25, 2023, 12:02 PM
Austin secured two of six targets for 72 yards and a touchdown during the Steelers' 23-18 win over the Raiders on Sunday.
Analysis: The Steelers' offense has struggled to put together big plays early in the 2023 campaign, but Austin had the longest play of Sunday's primetime matchup with his 72-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter. With Diontae Johnson (hamstring) out once again, Austin saw elevated playing time for a second consecutive week while playing in 73 percent of the team's offensive snaps. Johnson will be unavailable for at least two more games while on injured reserve, so expect Austin's increased playing time to continue next Sunday against Houston.
Allen Robinson
Allen Robinson Little production on four catches
Mon, Sep 25, 2023, 2:30 AM
Robinson caught all four of his targets for 24 yards in Sunday's 23-18 win over the Raiders.
Analysis: Robinson doubled his production from a week ago, but it still resulted in an unsavory fantasy line. The 30-year-old has struggled to fit in with a developing Pittsburgh offense, even with Diontae Johnson (hamstring) getting hurt in Week 1. Since Johnson landed on IR, Robinson has seen roughly equal snap counts to second-year wideout Calvin Austin, but the latter has been more productive and scored a 72-yard touchdown in Sunday's win. Robinson should be considered a low-end fantasy play against Houston in Week 4.
Pat Freiermuth
Pat Freiermuth Scores second TD in win
Mon, Sep 25, 2023, 2:16 AM
Freiermuth had three receptions on four targets for 41 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 23-18 win over Las Vegas.
Analysis: Freiermuth finally delivered a complete line for fantasy managers after a pair of one-catch games to start the year. The 2021 second-round pick finished tied for second on the Steelers in targets during a game in which his team had more rushing than passing attempts. Freiermuth has an opportunity to become quarterback Kenny Pickett's No. 2 option behind George Pickens with Diontae Johnson (hamstring) on IR and Allen Robinson struggling to fit into Pittsburgh's offense.
Godwin Igwebuike
Godwin Igwebuike Won't suit up Sunday
Sun, Sep 24, 2023, 6:17 PM
Igwebuike (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Raiders.
Analysis: Igwebuike was signed to the Steelers' active roster Thursday from the Falcons' practice squad after Anthony McFarland (knee) was placed on injured reserve Monday. Qadree Ollison was promoted to the active roster and will serve as depth behind Najee Harris and Jaylen Warren.
Mason Rudolph
Mason Rudolph Emergency QB for Sunday night
Sun, Sep 24, 2023, 6:09 PM
Rudolph (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's contest against the Raiders.
Analysis: For the third straight week, Rudolph will be the emergency quarterback. Rudolph's role as the No. 3 quarterback is seemingly solidified with Mitch Trubisky serving as the backup to Kenny Pickett.
Najee Harris
Najee Harris Could lose carries to Warren
Sun, Sep 24, 2023, 8:51 AM
Harris is "still very much a big part" of the Steelers' plans, though Mike Garofolo of NFL Network relays that Jaylen Warren is expected to see more involvement in the running game in Sunday's matchup with the Raiders.
Analysis: Even if Warren's role in Pittsburgh's ground attack expands as anticipated, Harris still appears likely to pace the Steelers in carries Week 3. However, Harris' standing as the Steelers' lead back hasn't translated to an abundance of touches through the first two weeks, as he's been limited to just 16 carries for 74 yards (4.6 average). Harris already appears to have lost out to Warren as the Steelers' primary pass-catching back, as the latter has drawn 12 targets to Harris' four between Weeks 1 and 2. A more favorable game script against the 1-1 Raiders could lead to more volume on the ground Sunday, but Harris' overall fantasy value still seems to be trending down at the moment.
Jaylen Warren
Jaylen Warren Likely to get more work Week 3
Sun, Sep 24, 2023, 8:45 AM
Warren is expected to get more work in the running game in Sunday's contest in Las Vegas, Mike Garofolo of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Garofolo notes that head coach Mike Tomlin had already alluded to Warren picking up more snaps after the second-year back accounted for 86 yards on 10 touches (six carries, four receptions) in the Steelers' Week 2 win over the Browns. Through the first two contests, Warren has logged 12 total targets, but he now looks poised to cut into starter Najee Harris' workload on the ground in addition to continuing to serve as the Steelers' top pass-catching back. Garofolo relays that Harris is still "a big part" of the team's plans, so he'll likely remain the Steelers' top ballcarrier Week 3 even though he could cede a few more touches than usual to Warren.
Qadree Ollison
Qadree Ollison Promoted to active roster
Sat, Sep 23, 2023, 4:19 PM
The Steelers elevated Ollison to their active roster Saturday, Aaron Wilson of KPRC 2 Houston reports.
Analysis: Ollison was called up for the Steelers' Week 2 matchup against the Browns and played five snaps on special teams. He'll likely resume that role for Sunday's game against the Raiders.
Darnell Washington
Darnell Washington Good to go Sunday
Fri, Sep 22, 2023, 4:56 PM
Washington (knee) is good to go for Pittsburgh's game against the Raiders on Sunday.
Analysis: Washington is healthy and ready to go for Sunday, despite having missed Wednesday's practice. The rookie third-round pick has yet to be targeted through two games played, seeing only limited snaps behind Pat Freiermuth.
Gunner Olszewski
Gunner Olszewski Ruled out again
Fri, Sep 22, 2023, 4:00 PM
Olszewski (concussion) will not play against the Raiders on Sunday, Brooke Pryor of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Olszewski suffered a concussion against the Browns last that will now force him to miss Sunday's contest. With the 26-year-old out, Pittsburgh will likely turn to Godwin Igwebuike to handle kick return duties.
Darnell Washington
Darnell Washington Upgraded to limited Thursday
Thu, Sep 21, 2023, 5:43 PM
Washington (knee) was limited in Thursday's practice, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: The rookie has yet to earn a target on 23 pass routes through two games and is well off the fantasy radar outside of dynasty formats. Washington's mainly been filling a blocking role.
Gunner Olszewski
Gunner Olszewski Out with concussion
Wed, Sep 20, 2023, 7:00 PM
Olszewski (concussion) was a non-participant at the Steelers' practice Wednesday, Teresa Varley of the team's official website reports.
Analysis: Olszewski suffered a concussion in Monday's 26-22 win over Cleveland and he has now opened the week unavailable for practice as a result. The wide receiver will have to clear concussion protocol prior to potentially playing Sunday versus the Raiders. It's unclear if Olszewski has taken any steps to do so, but he has two more chances to practice this week.


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