by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (12/3/13) Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday defensive lineman Brett Keisel "took a step back" in regards to his foot injury Week 13 and will sit out Week 14 vs. Miami. Keisel tried to play through his injury last game, but he was pulled in the first half against the Ravens.
Lack of big plays dooms Steelers
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (11/29/13) The Steelers defense adopted a bend-don't-break policy with the Ravens in Week 13, but that didn't prove to be successful in a 22-20 loss.
The Steelers held the Ravens to 311 yards of total offense, and allowed just one touchdown, on the team's first drive. Unfortunately, Pittsburgh's defense allowed the Ravens to drive deep enough to score five field goals in the game.
The Steelers avoided allowing too many big plays to the Ravens following the first drive, but their own lack of big plays proved their downfall, both in the final score and for a final Fantasy line. They failed to force a turnover in the game, and only picked up two sacks, limiting the DST unit's Fantasy production.
The Steelers will look to force more turnovers in the next game, when they face the Dolphins in Week 14.
Lawrence Timmons nearing century mark
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (11/29/13) Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons had a solid performance in Week 13, though it came in a 22-20 loss to the Ravens Thursday. Timmons finished second on the team with eight tackles -- five solo -- bringing his total for the season to 98. Timmons is aiming for his second 100-tackle season in a row, and his third in four years.
Cameron Heyward picks up season-high seven stops
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (11/29/13) Steelers defensive lineman Cameron Heyward had a decent showing in Week 13 against the Ravens, in a 22-20 loss. He finished the game with a season-high seven tackles -- two solo.
Jason Worilds leads the way in loss
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (11/29/13) Steelers linebacker Jason Worilds had another big game in Week 13, in a 22-20 loss to the Ravens. Worilds led the team with 10 tackles -- six solo -- and added a pair of sacks a forced fumble.
Worilds had already registered a career-high in tackles entering the week, and he established a new personal-best mark with his sixth sack Thursday.
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You might think the Steelers DST is old and weak and not what they used to be. Technically you'd be right as they finished with worse-than-expected stats in 2012. As the 12th-ranked DST, the unit had 37 sacks but just 10 interceptions with one total touchdown. So despite holding opponents to 19.6 points per game and ranking first against the pass and second against the run, they didn't deliver. Weird, right? The unit remains mostly unchanged save for rookie Jarvis Jones replacing James Harrison and Casey Hampton no longer on the roster. The Jones addition is promising but with five starters playing in their 10th year or more and depth an issue, this unit could make Fantasy owners feel some pain. The AFC North's offenses are getting better and the Steelers defense isn't turning over fast enough, so this might be the year to not overvalue the DST. If you don't get them with a final-round pick, don't shed tears -- it only means someone else reached for them. (Updated 5/15/13)