Steelers K Chris Boswell Returns to Practice, Remains on IR
PITTSBURGH — Kicker Chris Boswell return to practice for the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday, opening his 21-day window to return to action after suffering a right groin injury earlier this season.
Boswell remains on the injured reserve list for now and the Steelers will have until Dec. 29 to decide whether or not they want to activate him to the 53-man roster. If he is not activated before Dec. 29, he must remain on the IR for the rest of the season.
Boswell first suffered the groin injury in late October and missed the Steelers’ Week 8 game against the Philadelphia Eagles in the immediate aftermath of the injury. On Nov. 10, the Steelers placed Boswell on the injured reserve list, meaning that he had to miss at least four games. Those four games finished on Sunday when the Steelers beat the Atlanta Falcons.
Rookie kicker Nick Sciba, who was with the Steelers during the offseason and training camp, replaced Boswell for that first game against the Eagles and made one field goal and two extra points.
Once it was clear that Boswell would miss an extended period of time, the Steelers signed Matthew Wright from the Kansas City Chiefs practice squad. Wright, who was with the Steelers in 2020 before moving on to kick with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2021 and the Chiefs this season, has hit 12 of 14 field goals and all seven extra points.
Wright also helped the Steelers kickoff return unit against Atlanta by consisting kicking away from dangerous return man Cordarrelle Patterson.
Boswell, a 2017 Pro Bowler, has been one of the most consistent kickers in the NFL the last few years. He signed four-year, $20 million contract extension with the Steelers this offseason.
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