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Steelers Injury News: Three Key Defensive Starters Miss Practice



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Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety Keanu Neal leaves the field after suffering an injury against the Green Bay Packers on Nov. 12, 2023. -- Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers injury list is lengthy to head into the week as Pittsburgh prepares for this Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. Three players missed practice with injuries, while others returned

Pittsburgh opened up the 21-day window for Pat Freiermuth, and he is working his way back. On his first day in the window, he was limited by a hamstring injury, but the team upgraded him to full practice on Thursday. Freiemruth says that he has been cutting and accelerating.

Montravius Adams missed last week’s 23-19 win over the Green Bay Packers with an ankle injury suffered against the Tennesse Titans in Week 9. He did not practice again on Thursday. Keeanu Benton would be in line to start if he can not play.

Defensive tackle Cam Heyward is still ailing from his groin injury. Last week, he said he was dealing with swelling following core muscle surgery. He may be limited again, but he should play against Cleveland. Heyward was limited on Thursday.

Minkah Fitzpatrick has been dealing with a hamstring injury since the Steelers’ Week 9 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Tomlin also said there was a chance that Fitzpatrick would practice last week, but he did not. He did not practice on Thursday.

“Minkah is batting to come back to us,” Tomlin said. “How much they’re available during the course of the week is a determining factor, and obviously, the quality of that work.”

Keanu Neal was hurt when he was tackled on top of the football after his fourth-quarter interception. He was replaced late in the game by Trenton Thompson, who was called up from the practice squad for the game. Neal did not practice on Thursday.

Wide receiver Diontae Johnson returned to practice after missing Wednesday with a thumb injury. He suffered the injury in the game against the Packers but returned.

Steelers Injury Report

Player Injury Date  Prognosis Roster Status
DE Cam Heyward Groin Nov. 15 Unknown Active, LP on Thurs.
WR Diontae Johnson Thumb Nov. 12 Unknown Active, FP on Thurs.
SS Keanu Neal Rib Nov. 12 Unknown Active, DNP on Thurs.
ILB Kwon Alexander Achilles Nov. 12 Out for season Injured Reserve
ILB Cole Holcomb Left knee Nov. 2 Out for season Injured reserve
NT Montravius Adams Right ankle Nov. 2 Day to Day Active, DNP on Thurs.
FS Minkah Fitzpatrick Right hamstring Oct. 29 Week to Week Active, DNP on Thurs.
TE Pat Freiermuth Right hamstring Oct. 19 Expected to practice IR, FP on Wed.
LB Chapelle Russell II Knee Aug. 11 Out for season Injured reserve
CB Cory Trice Right ACL tear Aug. 1 Out for season Injured reserve
RB Alfonzo Graham Torn right labrum July 29 Out for season Injured reserve
DT Renell Wren Torn right Achilles tendon May 17 Out for season Injured reserve