PITTSBURGH — Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph was a limited participant in the team’s practice on Wednesday, just days after being hospitalized with a concussion.
Rudolph remains in the NFL’s concussion protocol and his status for Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers remains uncertain. The Steelers are preparing as if Devlin Hodges will make his first career start.
Cornerback Steve Nelson (groin) and outside linebacker Anthony Chickillo (plantar fasciitis, right foot) were both also limited.
Nelson was also injured against the Ravens. Chickillo made his return to practice after missing several weeks with his foot issue.
Seven players did not practice: running back Jaylen Samuels, who has already been ruled out after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery on Monday, inside linebacker Mark Barron (hamstring), cornerback Justin Layne (illness), tight end Vance McDonald (shoulder), fullback Roosevelt Nix (knee), center Maurkice Pouncey (not injury related) and wide receiver James Washington (AC joint, left shoulder).
Barron left Sunday’s game with his injury. McDonald returned to action against the Ravens after missing Week 4. Head coach Mike Tomlin said on Tuesday that Nix could return to action this week. He’s been out since the season opener.
Washington is expected to miss multiple weeks with his injury, though he no longer had his left arm in a sling in the locker room 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.