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Steelers Injury Updates: K Chris Boswell Returns to Practice

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Steelers kicker Chris Boswell returned to practice in a full capacity on Thursday, giving cause to believe that the veteran kicker will be able to return to the lineup on Sunday after missing the Steelers’ last game against Washington.

Boswell suffered a hip injury late in the week leading up to the Washington game and did not dress after being initially listed as questionable and then downgraded to doubtful.

Recent practice squad addition Matthew Wright was called up as Boswell’s replacement and in his NFL debut, made his only field goal attempt and both extra points. But head coach Mike Tomlin chose not to test Wright with a 45-yard attempt late in the fourth quarter, instead choosing to go for it on 4th and 1. The Steelers were unable to convert, and Washington scored to take the lead for good.

Boswell has been excellent on field goals this season, converting 18 of 19 for a career-best 94.7% success rate while also setting a Steelers record with a 59-yard field goal on Nov. 8 at Dallas.

Boswell did not practice during the team’s first session of the week on Wednesday, but was a full participant on Thursday and should be considered likely to play against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday unless he suffers a setback.

Cornerback Steven Nelson, who missed the Washington game with a knee injury, was a full participant for a second consecutive day.

Cornerback Joe Haden (concussion) and linebacker Robert Spillane (knee) missed their second straight session after being injured against Washington.

Wide receiver Chase Claypool was added to the injury report. He did not practice on Thursday with an illness. Defensive lineman Chris Wormley, who missed Wednesday’s practice with an illness, returned to action.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and offensive linemen David DeCastro and Alejandro Villanueva returned to work after being given Wednesday off.

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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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