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Steelers Injury Report: JuJu Smith-Schuster, Vance McDonald Questionable for Baltimore

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Vance McDonald, JuJu Smith-Schuster and Vince Williams are all listed as questionable on the Steelers’ official injury report as the team prepares to face Baltimore this Sunday at Heinz Field.

All were full participants in Friday’s final practice session, but that was the first practice work for each this week.

McDonald injured his shoulder in Week 3 against San Francisco and did not play against Cincinnati on Monday night. He was replaced by Nick Vannett.

Smith-Schuster finished the game on Monday but did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday with a toe issue.

Williams was a full participant all week as he attempts to make a return from a hamstring injury that has kept him out since Week 2. It’s not clear how Williams will fit into the rotation at inside linebacker with Mark Barron and Devin Bush if he is able to return.

Running back James Conner, who also did not practice on Wednesday and Thursday, was a full participant on Friday and is not listed on the injury report for the game against the Ravens.

Outside linebacker Anthony Chickillo (plantar fasciitis, right foot) and fullback Roosevelt Nix (knee) are both out.

Defensive lineman Cameron Heyward practiced for the second straight day on Friday after injuring his quad against the Bengals. He is also not listed on the injury report.

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Highlights from Steelers Practice 9/18/20

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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.

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Cam Heyward Named NFLPA Community MVP for Week 1

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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.

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.

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Highlights from Steelers Practice 9/17/20

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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.

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