|Ht / Wt:||6'4" / 267 lb.|
|Born:||June 13, 1990|
|Drafted:||2013 / Rd. 2 (55)|
McDonald has restructured his contract with the Steelers, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM Radio reports. As part of his new deal, he agreed to convert $5.5 million in base salary to signing bonus.
Analysis: The Steelers may have opted to move on from McDonald had his deal not been restructured, but regardless, he will remain in Pittsburgh, and the team now has more cap space with which to pursue free agents.
McDonald caught both his targets for 19 yards in Sunday's 28-10 loss to the Ravens.
Analysis: McDonald's season -- like most of the Steelers -- was derailed once Ben Roethlisberger suffered a season-ending elbow injury in Week 2. McDoanld finished the 2019 season with 273 yards and three touchdowns on 38 catches (on 55 targets) in 14 games. This was a disappointing season after catching a career-high 610 yards in 2018. McDonald has two years remaining on his current contract.
McDonald had three catches for nine yards in Pittsburgh's 16-10 loss Sunday.
Analysis: Targeted six times McDonald fell victim to the poor quarterback play that has plagued the Steelers all season. He had three catches for 34 yards earlier this season against Week 17 opponent Baltimore that yields the fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends in both standard and PPR formats.
McDonald (concussion) doesn't carry an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Jets.
Analysis: With McDonald having cleared the NFL's concussion protocol, he's ready to return to action this weekend. While the tight end will be out there if you need him in Week 16, he's been a hit-or-miss option through 12 games this season and two of his three TDs came back in Week 2.
McDonald (concussion) practiced fully Wednesday.
Analysis: That's a step in the right direction for McDonald, but as of Wednesday he's still in the NFL's concussion protocol. The tight end will thus look to gain medical clearance in the days leading up to Sunday's game against the Jets.
McDonald (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Bills, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.
Analysis: The Steelers will be down two of their key pass catchers in Week 15 with McDonald slated to join wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) on the inactive list. Nick Vannett, who played 38 offensive snaps in relief of a concussed McDonald in the Week 14 win over Arizona, is the leading candidate to start at tight end against Buffalo.
McDonald (concussion) was limited at practice Thursday.
Analysis: That's a step in the right direction for McDonald, who missed practice Wednesday, but as of Thursday, he's still in the NFL's concussion protocol. We'll revisit the tight end's status Friday, once the Steelers release their final Week 15 injury report in advance of Sunday's contest against the Bills.
McDonald (concussion) didn't practice Wednesday.
Analysis: McDonald, who was forced out of this past Sunday's game against the Cardinals, remains in the NFL's concussion protocol at this stage of the week. If he's unable to gain clearance for this weekend's game against the Bills, Nick Vannett and Zach Gentry would be next in line for the Steelers' Week 15 tight end reps.
McDonald suffered a concussion this past Sunday in Arizona, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: McDonald left the eventual victory in the second half to be evaluated for a head injury, which wasn't confirmed until Tuesday. With his entrance into the concussion protocol, he's now subject to an evaluation from an independent neurologist before getting clearance for game action. Nick Vannett and rookie Zach Gentry are next in line for TE reps behind McDonald.
McDonald was forced out of Sunday's game against the Cardinals with a possible concussion, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Prior to his exit from the game, McDonald hauled in his only target for three yards. Next up for the team's tight and looks in his absence is Nick Vannett.
McDonald had three receptions for 21 yards in Pittsburgh's 20-13 win over Cleveland on Sunday.
Analysis: This was yet another lackluster performance for McDonald although he made the most of his limited opportunities. Targeted just three times he now has four or fewer targets in seven games this season. Pittsburgh travels to Arizona in Week 14 and faces a defense that has yielded 13 touchdowns to opposing tight ends. McDonald could score but has done so only once in the past nine games and is a risky fantasy play.
McDonald caught his only target for one yard in Pittsburgh's 16-10 win over Cincinnati on Sunday.
Analysis: McDonald wasn't targeted until the second half after being targeted seven times in each of his last three games. The one yard was his lowest production in 32 games dating back to October 2017. McDonald had three receptions for 33 yards against Week 13 opponent Cleveland two weeks ago and offers little value as fantasy playoffs approach.
McDonald caught three passes for 33 yards in Pittsburgh's 21 - 7 loss to Cleveland Thursday night.
Analysis: McDonald saw a team-high seven targets but was unable to do much with them on a night the entire Pittsburgh offense struggled. Injuries to JuJu Smith-Schuster (concussion), Diontae Washington (concussion) and James Conner (shoulder) -- all forced out of action and unable to return -- could dictate that McDonald has a significant role in the offense in Week 12 against the Bengals. Still, he has scored just one touchdown in the last seven games and has yet to exceed 40 yards receiving in a game this season.
McDonald (shoulder) caught his lone target for five yards in Sunday's 24-17 win over the Chargers.
Analysis: McDonald was dealing with a shoulder stinger during practice this week, but he was able to suit up and did not suffer a setback Sunday. The veteran tight end, however, turned in his lowest fantasy output this year due to run-heavy gameplan. Coach Mike Tomlin was clearly trying to protect rookie third-stringer, Devlin Hodges, which hurt his entire receiving unit outside of dump offs to James Conner. With an upcoming bye week, there is a chance the Steelers could get Mason Rudolph (concussion) back in time for their Week 8 matchup with Miami, which would certainly boost McDonald's fantasy value back to its norm.
McDonald (shoulder) will play Sunday night against the Chargers, Chris Adamski of TribLive.com reports.
Analysis: The tight end returned to a full practice Friday after logging back-to-back absences Wednesday and Thursday, as he managed a shoulder issue. While McDonald is slated to start and serve as the Steelers' top pass-catching option at his position, how he'll produce in Week 6 is tough to predict, with Devlin Hodges starting at QB in place of Mason Rudolph (concussion).
McDonald (shoulder) didn't participate in Thursday's practice, Brian Batko of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis: While no reports have surfaced suggesting McDonald suffered a setback coming out of the Week 5 loss to the Ravens, the balky shoulder may be an issue he'll have to manage throughout the season. A non-participant for the first two practices of Week 6, McDonald will still need to log at least a limited session Friday for fantasy managers to have some level of confidence he'll be ready to play Sunday against the Chargers.
McDonald (shoulder) didn't practice Wednesday.
Analysis: McDonald headed into Week 5's game against the Ravens listed as questionable, but he was listed as a starter this past Sunday and played 35 of a possible 58 snaps on offense, en route to catching all three of his targets for 34 yards. We'll revisit the tight end's status Thursday to get a better read as to whether McDonald's Wednesday absence was maintenance-related or indicative of a setback.
McDonald (shoulder) caught all three of his targets for 34 yards during Sunday's 26-23 loss to Baltimore.
Analysis: After missing Week 4, McDonald returned Sunday to his familiar role as a steady underneath target. The Rice product has a wide frame for red-zone targets, illustrated in Week 2's two-score performance, but is otherwise not going to put up a ton of yards as he's averaging just 9.4 yards per catch this season. The Chargers await in Week 6 and it'll be tough sledding if Mason Rudolph (concussion) is out, despite Devlin Hodge's solid relief work.
McDonald (shoulder) is active for Sunday's game against the Ravens, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis: McDonald carried a questionable tag into the weekend, but he likely assuaged most of the concern the Steelers had about his health by putting in a full practice Friday. Before sitting out the Steelers' Monday night win over the Bengals in Week 4, McDonald tallied 10 receptions for 88 yards and two touchdowns in the preceding three games.
The Steelers list McDonald (shoulder) as questionable for Sunday's game against the Ravens, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: After sitting out the Steelers' win over the Bengals on Monday Night Football, McDonald didn't practice Wednesday or Thursday before returning to work Friday. Though he took every rep in the Steelers' final session of Week 5, it wasn't enough for McDonald to avoid an injury tag heading into Sunday. McDonald will be one of two key options in the passing game to enter the weekend with a designation, as top wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster (toe) also carries the questionable tag.
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