ATLANTA — Steelers star defensive lineman Cam Heyward is dealing with a day-to-day injury, Mike Tomlin said in his postgame press conference. Heyward did not play against the Atlanta Falcons, while all other healthy players did, and it seems that the injury was enough to keep the defensive captain out.
Heyward was one of five players to miss the game. He is dealing with an undisclosed ailment—both Heyward and other starting defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi (right foot/ankle) were out, allowing DeMarivn Leal and Isaiahh Loudermilk to get snaps in their place. Right now, there is no cause for concern with the injury and Heyward should be fine to play in week one against the 49ers.
James Daniels, Nate Herbig (shoulder), and Kevin Dotson (right shoulder) all missed the game. The team welcomed back a few players as well: Keeanu Benton (ankle), Tre Norwood (calf), and Nick Kwiatkoski (right shoulder) all suited up and played against the Falcons. Joey Porter Jr. (ankle) played a significant role in his second preseason game.
As a result of the injuries, the depth defensive line battle shined. Montravius Adams, Armon Watts, Breiden Fehoko, Loudermilk, and Leal all got a significant uptick in snaps due to the injuries. The Steelers have 17 days off until they play the 49ers at home.
Alan Saunders contributed reporting from Atlanta.