PITTSBURGH — The already banged up Steelers suffered two more injuries in Sunday’s win over the Los Angeles Rams, as wide receiver and kick returner Ryan Switzer and outside linebacker Ola Adeniyi were both banged up.
Switzer, who was limited in practice in the week leading up to the game with a back injury, re-injured his back on a fourth quarterback punt return and did not return to the game.
Adeniyi, the Steelers’ third-string outside linebacker and a top special teams contributor, suffered a hip injury in the second half of the game.
Head coach Mike Tomlin said both players were still being evaluated after the game.
The Steelers already played without four players, as running backs James Conner (AC joint) and Benny Snell, Jr. (meniscus), fullback Roosevelt Nix (knee) and guard Ramon Foster (concussion protocol) missed the game.
Now, they’ll have just three days to prepare for their next game, so injured players won’t have much time to get back into the swing of things.
“We work on a short week. We’ve got to go to Cleveland for Thursday night. No rest for the weary.”
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.