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Steelers Injury Updates: Four Hurt in Saturday Night Practice

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The Steelers had four players suffer injuries during the team’s Saturday night practice at Heinz Field, head coach Mike Tomlin announced after practice.

Long snapper Kameron Canaday (knee), running back Wendell Smallwood (shoulder), linebacker Robert Spillane (finger) and defensive tackle Chris Wormley (shoulder) all were not able to fully complete the practice session due to injuries.

Tomlin said the players are still being evaluated, but does not expect any of the injuries to be severe.

In addition, the team remains without right guard David DeCastro, who missed his fifth practice with an unknown ailment. Backup guard Kevin Dotson (knee) also has not practiced since his injury on Tuesday and center Maurkice Pouncey has been dealing with a death in his family, according to his Instagram post earlier in the day.

Safety Terrell Edmunds and wide receiver Diontae Johnson missed their second consecutive session with injuries that Tomlin has characterized as day-to-day.

Additionally, running back James Conner and defensive end Stephon Tuitt were not full participants in the workout. Tomlin did not specifically explain their absence, but said the team has some players that were held out due to COVID-19 procedures. Both Conner and Tuitt were at Heinz Field for the session.

“We had a number of guys that we held out of work or that missed work today because they’re held up in COVID proceedings or procedures. No one to mention at this time in terms of being on the COVID list, but they are in the procedure. We’re going to exercise all precaution like we normally do and we’re going to adhere to the procedure to the fullest.

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Alex Highsmith Needs MRI after Ankle Injury Suffered vs. Browns

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PITTSBURGH — Steelers rookie linebacker Alex Highsmith suffered an ankle injury that will require an MRI in Sunday’s playoff loss to the Cleveland Browns.

Highsmith left the game in the first half and was seen limping on the Pittsburgh sideline. He made an attempt to return to the game, but was unable to continue playing and did not see the field at all in the second half.

In-game, the Steelers announced that Highsmith was doubtful to return with an ankle injury. After the fact, head coach Mike Tomlin said that Highsmith suffered a high ankle sprain. Highsmith’s father posted on Twitter early on Monday morning that Highsmith will require an MRI on his injured ankle.

Given that Highsmith was able to walk and even run in short bursts after the injury, it does not seem likely that it will impact his offseason training plans.

The team’s third-round draft pick out of Charlotte, Highsmith was thrust into a starting role after starting outside linebacker Bud Dupree suffered  an ACL injury that required surgery.

On the season, Highsmith played in 16 regular season game and made five starts. He finished with 48 tackles, five for a loss, six quarterback hits, one interception and one pass defended.

With Dupree set to become an unrestricted free agent and unlikely to return, Highsmith should be expected to retain his starting role in 2021.

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Steelers OLB Alex Highsmith Leaves Game with Ankle Injury, Doubtful to Return

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PITTSBURGH — Steelers outside linebacker Alex Highsmith has left the team’s Wild Card Round playoff game against the Cleveland Browns with an ankle injury and is doubtful to return, the team announced.

Highsmith suffered the injury in the first half and attempted to return to play, but was unable to continue.

He was replaced on the field by a combination of third-year backup Ola Adeniyi and Cassius Marsh, who was signed from the Indianapolis practice squad in December.

Highsmith had been replacing starter Bud Dupree, who was lost for the season to an ACL injury.

In the regular season, Highsmith appeared in all 16 games and made five starts. He had two sacks, five tackles for loss, one interception and one pass defended.

The rookie out of Charlotte was the Steelers’ third-round selection in the 2020 NFL Draft.

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Steelers Injury Updates: JuJu Smith-Schuster Practiced Fully Friday, Chris Boswell Limited

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are relatively healthy entering their opening round playoff matchup with the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, as only kicker Chris Boswell was listed on the team’s injury report as being less than a full participant in practice on Friday.

Boswell was limited on Friday as he continues to recover from the groin injury that has forced him to miss the last two games. He was also limited on Wednesday, but was a full participant during Thursday’s session.

Wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) returned to the practice field Friday after sitting out on Thursday. He had practiced fully on Wednesday as well, but was newly added yesterday.

Defensive end Isaiah Buggs (illness) was also added to the injury report Thursday, but was a full participant on Friday.

Safety Terrell Edmunds (shoulder), cornerback Steven Nelson (knee), nose tackle Tyson Alualu (ankle) and linebacker Vince Williams (quad) were all full participants during Friday’s practice session as well, positioning the Steelers to be healthy heading into Sunday’s playoff game against the Browns.

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