Steelers running back Benny Snell underwent a minor knee surgery that should keep him out for two to three weeks, according to a report from Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
#Steelers RB Benny Snell recently underwent surgery to trim his meniscus, source said, a minor procedure that should keep him out 2-3 weeks. The knee injury from Monday night hits Pittsburgh's RB depth.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 31, 2019
Snell was injured in the first half of the Steelers’ Week 8 win over the Miami Dolphins on Monday Night Football. The surgery was reportedly to trim his meniscus.
Snell is one of three Steelers running backs dealing with a physical ailment. Starter James Conner suffered an injury to his AC joint and his status for Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts is questionable. Backup Jaylen Samuels is expected to return on Sunday after missing two games after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery.
A fourth-round rookie out of Kentucky, Snell has 118 yards on 28 carries for a 4.2 yards per carry average as a professional. He had five carries for 13 yards on Monday before leaving the game with an injury and had his best game with Samuels out in Week 6, when he ran for 75 yards on 17 carries against the Los Angeles Chargers.
Without Snell available, Trey Edmunds will once again move up the depth chart to fill in. If Conner can’t play, the Steelers will have to either go into the weekend with two healthy running backs or promote Tony Brooks-James or Darrin Hall from the practice squad. Hall, a Pitt alum, was signed on Wednesday.
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.