Inside linebacker Vince Williams returned to work after missing three game with an injury, but eight Steelers missed practice on Wednesday during the team’s first session in preparation for this Sunday’s game with the Baltimore Ravens.
Williams hasn’t played since Week 2 against Seattle, but hinted on Twitter on Tuesday that he expects to play this week.
When you’re finally off the injury report 😈 pic.twitter.com/w77XqW9OA2
— Vince Williams (@VinnyVidiVici98) October 1, 2019
Fullback Roosevelt Nix did not practice and head coach Mike Tomlin said during his press conference on Tuesday that he is expected to miss his fourth straight game with a knee injury.
Inside linebacker Anthony Chickillo (plantar fasciitis, right foot) and tight end Vance McDonald (shoulder) also did not practice. They both did not play on Monday night against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Defensive lineman Cameron Heyward (quad) and running back James Conner (ankle) were both injured against the Bengals but returned to play. They both missed practice on Wednesday, as well.
Tomlin said on Tuesday that participation in practice this week will be a guide for those four players.
Wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster was an unexpected addition to the injury report Wednesday, missing practice with a toe injury. His status is unknown.
Inside linebacker Mark Barron and center Maurkice Pouncey also did not practice for non-injury related reasons.
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.