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Exact Details of Cam Heyward’s Surgery Revealed

Pittsburgh Steelers captain Cam Heyward undewent surgery on Monday to deal with an ailment that plagued him during the season.



Pittsburgh Steelers DL Cam Heyward
Pittsburgh Steelers DL Cam Heyward against the Cincinnati Bengals, Dec. 23, 2023 - Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

Pittsburgh Steelers star defensive lineman Cam Heyward underwent surgery, he posted to his Instagram story. And now, we know what the surgery was for, as NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported that the procedure was related to his groin and core muscle surgery and was a clean-up procedure that he needed.

Throughout the season, the groin injury plagued him, even after returning. Heyward has discussed the injury he suffered at the 49ers at length. First, he stated that he had micro tears dating back to training camp, and they tried to rest it. But when he played against the 49ers, he tore the muscle off the bone, requiring surgery. At some point, while trying to compensate for it, he injured his other groin, too. Heyward should have missed 12 weeks after his surgery, but powered back far quicker than that.

Heyward said that in addition to surgery during the season and the new groin injury, he had a knee issue that kept him from practicing fully throughout almost the entire season after his return.

“I had my groin, then overcompensating with my other groin,” he said. “There was stuff on top of that, like my knee. It was a grind just to get ready for each game. It wasn’t by choice that I didn’t want to practice. It was ‘get me to the game.’ I don’t like that doing that. I don’t like playing football that way. I don’t ever want to cheat the game. I don’t ever want to think I’m not going to be 100%. But that was the cards I was dealt this year. It was a lot.”

Heyward won the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award last week in Las Vegas. He joined Franco Harris (1976), Joe Greene (1979), Lynn Swann (1981) and Jerome Bettis (2001) as the only Steelers players to receive the prestigious honor. The honor is bestowed annually to a player who not only excels on the field, but also with their service in their community.