PITTSBURGH — Coming off a much-needed bye week and with the expected return of starting quarterback Mason Rudolph, the Steelers seemed to be in for a drama-free week of practice.
That changed Sunday, when backup outside linebacker Anthony Chickillo was arrested on Sunday for assault, criminal mischief and harassment at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Fayette County.
Chickillo was told not to report to practice on Monday, leaving his teammates to speak tot he media about the circumstances surrounding his arrest, something they were understandably reluctant to do.
“I’m gonna let coach handle that,” starting quarterback Mason Rudolph said. “Anthony is a great friend of mine. Great dude. Obviously, I want him back, because he’s a great friend, but I’m going to let coach handle that.”
Defensive captain Cameron Heyward was slightly more elaborative.
“Honestly, I really haven’t had a chance to really process it,” he said. “Just letting everything unfold and looking at it from an outside perspective.
“I don’t need to say anything extra. I think we’re all just letting the process take care of itself. That’s all I can do. I’m not trying to get involved.”
Heyward did say the team left the practice facility last week with a message to stay out of trouble during the time away. Apparently, that was not a message universally comprehended.
“We talk about staying out of it and not being involved in it,” Heyward said with a sigh. “But it is what it is.”