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Ben Roethlisberger to Throw at Heinz Field for First Time Since Surgery

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Ben Roethlisberger drops back versus the Cincinnati Bengals. -- ED THOMPSON

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was expected to throw at Heinz Field today, offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner said during a Zoom call with local media.

Roethlisberger hasn’t thrown at Heinz Field since leaving the Steelers’ Week 2 game against the Seattle Seahawks at halftime in 2019.

He made headlines earlier this summer for a video throwing to receivers Juju Smith-Schuster and Ryan Switzer filmed at a local Pittsburgh high school.

Wednesday, he’s expected to get in some passing work in front of the Steelers coaching staff for the first time.

“I did not get to see him in the offseason,” Fichtner said. “I caught glimpses of videos, which I’m sure everyone did, including him getting a haircut. I did see him throw on video and I have seen him now that the quarterbacks are allowed to be in the building and had some good conversations talking the ball.

“I believe he is getting ready to today go out and throw. It will be exciting to see that.”

Fichtner does not expect Roethlisberger to necessarily be back to his old form, just 10 months removed from surgery on his throwing elbow. The Steelers will work him back into the starter’s role slowly.

“We’ve got to kind of get a feel for where he’s at,” Fichtner said. “His arm and body will tell us. It’s not unusual for us to work a day or a half and day and get a day’s rest. He knows that routine.”

Regardless of how much he ends up working with the starting unit this training camp, when the Steelers finally get to take a their first fully padded practice on Aug. 17, Roethlisberger will be huddling up with the offensive starters once again.

In a world where so much has changed since he last took the field thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, Fichtner will appreciate that amount of normalcy.

“Normal now becomes Ben Roethlisberger back in the huddle.”

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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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