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10 Steelers Did Not Practice Wednesday, Including Conner, DeCastro, Johnson, Smith-Schuster

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Ten Steelers did not practice during Wednesday’s first session of the week as the team begins preparation for the Denver Broncos, which come to Heinz Field on Sunday.

According to the team’s injury report, center Maurkice Pouncey, defensive end Stephon Tuitt, guards David DeCastro and Stefen Wisniewski, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, running back James Conner, tackles Zach Banner and Alejandro Villanueva and wide receivers Diontae Johnson and JuJu Smith-Schuster did not participate in Wednesday’s practice.

Smith-Schuster (knee), Johnson (toe) and Tuitt (Achilles) are suffering from newly revealed injuries. Their status for this Sunday’s game remains unclear.

Banner (right ACL), Conner (ankle) and Wisniewski (pectoral muscle) were injured in Monday night’s win over the New York Giants. Banner is expected to undergo surgery on Friday and miss the rest of the season. Head coach Mike Tomlin said that he would “leave the light on” for Conner and Wisniewski to be able to play this week.

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DeCastro (knee) has been out since the second week of training camp, but Tomlin said on Tuesday that he was hopeful he would be able to practice this week.

Villanueva has an illness. Roethlisberger and Pouncey were listed as coach’s decisions. Roethlisberger has typically taken Wednesday practices off for the last few seasons.

During the Giants game, Benny Snell replaced Conner at running back, Chukwuma Okorafor replaced Banner at right tackle and Kevin Dotson replaced Wisniewski and DeCastro at right guard.

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Alex Highsmith Needs MRI after Ankle Injury Suffered vs. Browns

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PITTSBURGH — Steelers rookie linebacker Alex Highsmith suffered an ankle injury that will require an MRI in Sunday’s playoff loss to the Cleveland Browns.

Highsmith left the game in the first half and was seen limping on the Pittsburgh sideline. He made an attempt to return to the game, but was unable to continue playing and did not see the field at all in the second half.

In-game, the Steelers announced that Highsmith was doubtful to return with an ankle injury. After the fact, head coach Mike Tomlin said that Highsmith suffered a high ankle sprain. Highsmith’s father posted on Twitter early on Monday morning that Highsmith will require an MRI on his injured ankle.

Given that Highsmith was able to walk and even run in short bursts after the injury, it does not seem likely that it will impact his offseason training plans.

The team’s third-round draft pick out of Charlotte, Highsmith was thrust into a starting role after starting outside linebacker Bud Dupree suffered  an ACL injury that required surgery.

On the season, Highsmith played in 16 regular season game and made five starts. He finished with 48 tackles, five for a loss, six quarterback hits, one interception and one pass defended.

With Dupree set to become an unrestricted free agent and unlikely to return, Highsmith should be expected to retain his starting role in 2021.

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Steelers OLB Alex Highsmith Leaves Game with Ankle Injury, Doubtful to Return

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PITTSBURGH — Steelers outside linebacker Alex Highsmith has left the team’s Wild Card Round playoff game against the Cleveland Browns with an ankle injury and is doubtful to return, the team announced.

Highsmith suffered the injury in the first half and attempted to return to play, but was unable to continue.

He was replaced on the field by a combination of third-year backup Ola Adeniyi and Cassius Marsh, who was signed from the Indianapolis practice squad in December.

Highsmith had been replacing starter Bud Dupree, who was lost for the season to an ACL injury.

In the regular season, Highsmith appeared in all 16 games and made five starts. He had two sacks, five tackles for loss, one interception and one pass defended.

The rookie out of Charlotte was the Steelers’ third-round selection in the 2020 NFL Draft.

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Steelers Injury Updates: JuJu Smith-Schuster Practiced Fully Friday, Chris Boswell Limited

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are relatively healthy entering their opening round playoff matchup with the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, as only kicker Chris Boswell was listed on the team’s injury report as being less than a full participant in practice on Friday.

Boswell was limited on Friday as he continues to recover from the groin injury that has forced him to miss the last two games. He was also limited on Wednesday, but was a full participant during Thursday’s session.

Wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) returned to the practice field Friday after sitting out on Thursday. He had practiced fully on Wednesday as well, but was newly added yesterday.

Defensive end Isaiah Buggs (illness) was also added to the injury report Thursday, but was a full participant on Friday.

Safety Terrell Edmunds (shoulder), cornerback Steven Nelson (knee), nose tackle Tyson Alualu (ankle) and linebacker Vince Williams (quad) were all full participants during Friday’s practice session as well, positioning the Steelers to be healthy heading into Sunday’s playoff game against the Browns.

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