Steelers linebacker Anthony Chickillo had charges stemming from his arrest earlier this month withdrawn by a Fayette County magistrate on Wednesday, according to court documents.
Chickillo, 26, had been charged with simple assault, criminal mischief and harassment after being arrested at Nemacolin Woodlands on Oct. 20 after an alleged altercation with his girlfriend, Canadian Olympic pole vaulter Alysha Newman.
District attorney Richard Bower told the Tribune-Review that both parties decided not to forward with prosecuting the charges.
Chickillo remains on the NFL’s commissioner’s exempt list and the league will continue its own investigation into the matter. Chickillo is still facing a six-game league suspension for violation of its personal conduct policy in reference to domestic or dating violence, though that suspension could be reduced due to mitigating factors.
While on the exempt list, he cannot play for the Steelers or participate in team practices and does not count toward the 53-man roster, but he has been working out at the team’s facility and continues to collect a salary. There has been no timeframe put forth by the league with regards to its investigation.
Chickillo is in the first year of a two-year, $8 million contract signed this March. After Chickillo was placed on the exempt list, the Steelers re-signed outside linebacker Jay Elliott to take his place on the roster.
Highlights from Steelers Practice 9/18/20
James Conner tested out his injured ankle and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw passes to JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Washington and Chase Claypool during practice on Friday, September 18, 2020.
This practice was in preparation for the Steelers week 2 game on Sunday against the Denver Broncos.
Cam Heyward Named NFLPA Community MVP for Week 1
Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward has been named NFLPA Community MVP for Week 1.
Heyward was honored for installing his first Little Free Library, a book-sharing box placed in underserved communities around the Pittsburgh area.
Congrats to @camheyward on being named Week 1 #CommunityMVP for installing his first Little Free Library. The book-sharing boxes provide 24-7 access to literacy for underserved Pittsburgh communities while honoring the legacy in education of his late grandfather. pic.twitter.com/uKwbnz28A1— NFLPA (@NFLPA) September 18, 2020
Little Free Library is a non-profit organization that “inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world.”
The installation of the book-sharing boxes marks the launch of the Rufus and Judy Jordan Literacy Project, a new initiative of the Cameron Heyward Foundation that will work to promote children’s literacy and honor his late grandparents, both of whom were lifelong educators in Pittsburgh.
Drafted in first round of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Ohio State, Heyward has spend his entire career in Pittsburgh. He is a three-time Pro Bowler, and has twice received First-Team All-Pro honors.
Heyward and the Steelers agreed to a four-year, $71.4 million contract extension on Sept. 6 that will allow him to retire in Pittsburgh and make him the highest-paid defense player over the age of 30 in NFL history.
Highlights from Steelers Practice 9/17/20
The Steelers finally experienced a practice with almost everyone on the roster able to take the field. Only two players did not take part in practice before their week 2 game against Denver.
Alex Highsmith and Minkah Fitzpatrick stood out from the rest on Thursday, September 17, 2020.