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Takeaways make Steelers' day


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/21/2014) The Steelers didn't have a tremendous defensive performance Week 7 against Houston, falling into an early 13-0 hole and ultimately giving up 23 points on 393 yards. But they did a fine job taking the ball away from the Texans, allowing their offense to come from behind for the victory.

They got an interception from Brett Keisel and two fumble recoveries, one by Troy Polamalu and one by Sean Spence. The three takeaways were the most they've had in a game this season.

The Steelers did have one sack but remain a poor source of those this year, tying with the Bengals for 23rd with 10. Because their DST has thrived only in games in which it's gotten a touchdown, it remains a risky start in Fantasy.

With the Steelers facing the Colts, the league's No. 1 offense, in Week 8, you should avoid the Steelers DST in Fantasy.


Steelers DST shows its true colors


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/13/2014) After dominating the Jaguars in Week 5, as every team does, the Steelers came back down to earth defensively Week 6 at Cleveland, giving up a season-high 31 points on 368 yards. They again didn't generate much of a pass rush, recording just one sack for the third straight game. They also recovered a fumble.

Going by standard CBSSports.com scoring, the Steelers DST has recorded double-digit Fantasy points in just two of its first six games. It's tied for 14th in total Fantasy points.

And that's with mostly favorable matchups to begin the year. You'll probably want to avoid it for a not-so-favorable matchup Week 7 against Houston.


Steelers LB Ryan Shazier gets the red light for Week 6


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/10/2014) Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier (knee) was officially ruled out for Week 6 at Cleveland, per ESPN on Friday. Shazier practiced again Friday on a limited basis, but the team appears to be taking a cautious approach with the rookie, who will now have an extra week to prepare for a Week 7 Monday night clash against the Texans.

Steelers D comes up big in Week 5 win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/6/2014) The Steelers defense showed up, as expected, in Week 5 against the Jaguars, in a 17-9 win.

The Jaguars really couldn't muster anything in this game, finishing with just 243 yards of total offense on 52 plays. The Steelers forced two turnovers, both on interceptions of Blake Bortles, and one of which was brought back 22 yards for a game-sealing touchdown in the fourth quarter. They added one sack in the game.

The Steelers had allowed at least 20 points in three of their first four games, before holding the Jaguars in check. They will look to keep rolling in Week 6 against the Browns, who put up 27 points on them in Week 1. 


Shamarko Thomas suffers left hamstring injury Week 5


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) Steelers safety Shamarko Thomas left Sunday's game at Jacksonville with a left hamstring injury and was ruled out for the remainder of the contest in the second quarter.

Steelers list Week 5 inactives


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier, cornerback Ike Taylor, wide receiver Martavis Bryant, quarterback Landry Jones, defensive tackle Dan McCullers, offensive lineman Wesley Johnson and guard Chris Hubbard were all ruled inactive Week 5 at Jacksonville.

Steelers DST again can't capitalize


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/28/2014) Despite another favorable matchup Week 5 against Tampa Bay, the Steelers DST again couldn't deliver a strong Fantasy performance. Not only did the Steelers allow 27 points on 350 yards, but they had just one sack and one interception against backup quarterback Mike Glennon, who was making his first start of the season.

Despite matchups against the Browns, Ravens, Panthers and Buccaneers to begin the season, the Steelers DST has only once scored double-digit Fantasy points in standard CBSSports.com leagues. Still, it's a good bet to reverse the trend Week 5 at Jacksonville, its most favorable matchup yet.


Steelers disappoint vs. Bucs


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) Facing a backup quarterback and a team that had just been blown out, the Steelers DST unit had high hopes for Week 4 against the Buccaneers. So, a 27-24 loss wasn't exactly what they had in mind.

The Steelers held the Buccaneers to just 10 first-half points, including a touchdown just two minutes in off a turnover. Unfortunately, the defense came apart in the second half, as they ultimately allowed 350 yards and three offensive touchdowns.

The Steelers forced just one turnover, and interception, and sacked quarterback Mike Glennon just once as well. In spite of Sunday's disappointment, the Steelers are back in action in Week 5 against the hapless Jaguars and could be worth using then. 


Sean Spence moves into starting lineup Week 4


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler told linebacker Sean Spence that Spence will start Sunday against the Bucs in place of the injured Ryan Shazier, according to ESPN.

"The tunnel was dark for me for a long time, but I stayed positive and Steelers Nation stayed behind me," said Spence, who shredded his left knee in a 2012 preseason game and dislocated his knee cap while also sustaining nerve damage. "I finally get to get some good quality reps on defense."


Steelers, Dolphins, Chargers top streaming options in Week 4


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/23/2014) In his Week 4 waiver-wire column, Jamey Eisenberg tabs the Steelers, Dolphins and Chargers DST units as the best streaming options for Week 4.

The Steelers have a date with the Buccaneers coming up in Week 4, and that has been a good thing for other defenses this season. Opposing DST units are averaging 18.3 Fantasy points per game against the Bucs, including two games above 15 points.

The Dolphins travel to London to face the Raiders, who have yet to top 14 points on offense this season. Opposing DST units have scored 12 Fantasy points in each game against Oakland.

The Chargers are coming off a strong performance, as they racked up 13 Fantasy points against the Bills, on the strength of three sacks and a safety. They get the Jaguars in Week 4, who have allowed opposing defenses to rack up at least 15 Fantasy points in each game, for an average of 19.0. 


Ryan Shazier, Ike Taylor ruled out for Week 4


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/23/2014) Steelers coach Mike Tomlin confirmed Tuesday linebacker Ryan Shazier (knee) and Ike Taylor (forearm) will be out Week 4 against the Bucs. Taylor is expected to be out several weeks, but Tomlin deemed Shazier's injury "less significant."

Jarvis Jones hits short-term IR


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/22/2014) The Steelers put outside linebacker Jarvis Jones on Injured Reserve/Designated to Return following wrist surgery, reports NFL Network. Jones will be eligible to return Week 13 against the Saints.

Steelers could be without three defensive players for a while


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/22/2014) Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier suffered a sprained MCL Sunday against the Panthers and will undergo an MRI Monday, according to ESPN. 

Linebacker Jarvis Jones likely needs wrist surgery after getting hurt Sunday and will be sidelined indefinitely. Cornerback Ike Taylor could also miss some time after suffering a broken arm against Carolina.


Steelers DST scores in Week 3 rout


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/22/2014) The Steelers DST enjoyed itself Sunday night in Carolina, producing three sacks, two turnovers and a touchdown in a 37-19 win.

The biggest play came early in the fourth quarter when the Panthers' Philly Brown fumbled on a punt return and safety Robert Golden recovered in the end zone. It was one of two fumble recoveries for Pittsburgh, which got a sack-fumble from outside linebacker Jarvis Jones.

Linebacker Arthur Moats and nose tackle Steve McLendon also sacked Cam Newton. Pittsburgh allowed just 42 rushing yards in what was easily its top defensive performance this year.

The Steelers DST has a chance to dominate again Week 4 against the lowly Buccaneers.


Jarvis Jones being checked for wrist injury


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Steelers outside linebacker Jarvis Jones was taken to the locker room in the third quarter at Carolina to be evaluated for a right wrist injury. Jones left after sacking Cam Newton and forcing a fumble.

Ryan Shazier hobbles off with knee injury


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Steelers rookie linebacker Ryan Shazier left the game at Carolina in the third quarter with a right knee injury and won't return. Shazier made three tackles, giving him 20 in three games.

Steelers DST can't stop Baltimore Week 2


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2014) The Steelers DST had a tough time Week 2 against the Ravens.

Turnovers by the Pittsburgh offense were partly to blame for the performance. The Ravens managed to score 10 points on drives following turnovers. For the most part, the Steelers DST took on a bend but don't break mentality. Baltimore wound up kicking four field goals during the contest. Pittsburgh couldn't get anything going to throw the Ravens off their game. The team did not record any sacks, interceptions or fumbles during the game.

Pittsburgh will look for more Week 3 against the Panthers. 


Steelers DST gives meager effort against Browns


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2014) A fine first half was ruined by a rotten second one for the Steelers DST on Sunday against Cleveland.

The result was 389 yards allowed and no turnovers. The unit provided points only through three sacks. Cornerback Ike Taylor dropped an easy pick on the goal line in the second half.


Cortez Allen signs five-year extension with Steelers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2014) Steelers have signed cornerback Cortez Allen to a five-year contract that will keep him with the team through the 2018 season, according to the NFL Network. Allen appeared in a career-high 14 games last season, eight of which he received the starting nod. He registered a career-high 44 tackles.

Brice McCain a no-go for Week 1


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2014) Steelers cornerback Brice McCain was unable to practice Friday and was officially ruled out for Week 1 against the Browns because of a groin injury. McCain sustained the injury in the preseason finale and hasn't been able to fully recover.

Jason Worilds won't play preseason finale


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) Steelers outside linebacker Jason Worilds is not expected to play Thursday against the Panthers in a preseason finale. His status remains up in the air for Week 1 of the season on Sept. 7.

Jason Worilds exits game with knee injury


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2014) Steelers outside linebacker Jason Worilds was forced out of Thursday's preseason game against the Eagles in Philadelphia with a right knee injury. He left the game in the second half and was ruled out for the remainder of the game. He left the game as a precaution, and structurally, his knee is "fine" per the NFL Network. He registered three total tackles before leaving the game.

Troy Polamalu feeling good


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2014) Steelers safety Troy Polamalu, entering his 12th season, said he feels a little better physically than he did at this point last year, reports ESPN.com. Polamalu made five tackles in just over a quarter Saturday night against the Bills.

"It was nice to see some live action," he said. "I feel good."

Polamalu did not miss a snap last year. He will try to play all 16 games in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2004-05.


Ryan Shazier looks like a Day 1 fit with Steelers


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/24/2014) It appears that rookie linebacker Ryan Shazier will fit in with the Steelers starting unit right away. Shazier worked with the first-team defense in the spring and didn't look lost according to ESPN. He's sorely needed on a defense that uncharacteristically struggled to slow down the run in 2013. 

"He understands concepts very well," linebackers coach Keith Butler said. "He reminds me a lot of Larry Foote in terms of football intelligence, and he's a very sharp guy."


Steelers draft DL Stephon Tuitt


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/9/2014) With the No. 46 pick in the NFL Draft, the Steelers selected defensive lineman Stephon Tuitt from Notre Dame.

Tuitt is 6-foot-6, 304 pounds. He finished his career at Notre Dame with 21.5 sacks and four forced fumbles in 28 starts.

Tuitt will provide depth along the Steelers defensive line and help the Steelers DST