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Maurkice Pouncey, Larry Ogunjobi Suspended for Roles in Steelers, Browns Brawl

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Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey and Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi have also been suspended for their roles in Thursday’s late-game brawl between the teams.

Pouncey, who punched and kicked Browns defensive end Myles Garrett after Garrett attacked Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph and beat him with his helmet, was suspended for three games.

Ogunjobi was suspended for one game for shoving a helmetless and unaware Rudolph to the ground. Both players’ suspensions will be served without pay and carry additional fines.

Garrett has been suspended indefinitely and will miss at least the remainder of the 2019 season. Additional players may be fined for fighting or leaving the bench to enter the area of a fight. Additionally, both organizations were fined $250,000.

According to the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement, all suspensions and fines can be appealed within three days.

Pouncey will miss the Steelers’ games at the Cincinnati Bengals on Nov. 24, against the Cleveland Browns on Dec. 1 and at the Arizona Cardinals on Dec. 8. Veteran backup B.J. Finney should be expected to replace Pouncey in the Steelers’ starting lineup.

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Highlights from Steelers Practice 9/18/20

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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.

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Cam Heyward Named NFLPA Community MVP for Week 1

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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.

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.

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Highlights from Steelers Practice 9/17/20

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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.

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