PITTSBURGH — As the Steelers returned to practice on Monday following their weekend off, linebacker Anthony Chickillo was told not to report to the team’s practice facility, according to a team spokesperson.
Chickillo was arrested in Fayette County on Sunday and charged with simple assault, criminal mischief and harassment.
“He has been instructed to not be in the building today as we continue to gather more information and work with the NFL Office.”
Chickillo has not been formally suspended by the team or the league, though such a move could be forthcoming.
He was arrested by Pennsylvania State Police after an incident that reportedly involved his girlfriend, Canadian Olympic pole vaulter Alysha Newman, at Nemacolin Woodlands resort in Wharton Township.
Chickillo was released on $10,000 bail on Sunday and will have a preliminary hearing on Oct. 30.
Any legal repercussions may be supplemented by the NFL. The league’s personal conduct policy calls for a six-game suspension, pending aggravating and mitigating factors, for violations that including domestic violence or dating violence.
The linebacker signed a two-year, $8 million contract with the Steelers this offseason. If the team released him, they would save about $500,000 on this year’s salary cap, but would have a $1.1 million dead cap hit in 2020.
Chickillo and Newman attended Miami together and have been together for several years. The Steelers drafted Chickillo in 2015 and he’s in his fifth season with the team.
He’s played in just three games this season while hampered by plantar fasciitis in his right foot. Chickillo has one tackle and one-half sack on the season.
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.