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Steelers Place DL Chris Wormley on IR; Promote RB Trey Edmunds

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The Steelers have placed defensive lineman Chris Wormley on the injured reserve list with a knee injury and promoted three players from the practice squad for their game against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.

Wormley was injured in the Steelers’ Week 7 win over the Tennessee Titans, did not practice this week and had already been ruled out of the Ravens game. He will have to miss at least two more weeks before eligible to return from the injured reserve.

Running back Trey Edmunds will be officially promoted from the practice squad to the 53-man roster. Edmunds had filled in as a Sunday practice squad recall against the Titans and the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 5. He played six snaps on offense and 12 on special teams in two games.

Edmunds played 11 games for the Steelers last season and gained 92 yards on 22 carries. He is also a consistent special teams performer, with six tackles in 2019.

Additionally linebacker Jayrone Elliott and safety Antione Brooks have been elevated from the practice squad for this Sunday’s game and are eligible for selection to the active roster.

Elliott was activated against Tennessee and played three snaps, all on special teams. He played in five games with the Steelers last season and made four tackles.

Brooks, the Steelers’ sixth-round draft pick out of Maryland in the 2020 NFL Draft, has not yet made his NFL debut.

The Steelers will be playing without inside linebacker Ulysees Gilbert III (back) and safety Jordan Dangerfield (quad), who were both ruled out. Cornerback Mike Hilton (shoulder) and fullback Derek Watt (hamstring) are questionable.

Steelers Gameday

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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