Just over a week into his expected month off from football after arthroscopic knee surgery, Steelers running back Jaylen Samuels is progressing nicely.
Samuels was in the Steelers locker room on Wednesday without a brace and was walking without any hint of a limp.
“He’ll be back sooner rather than later,” running backs coach Eddie Faulkner said. “I’m not a trainer or a doctor, but I know they’re pleased with his progress.”
Samuels was injured in the Steelers’ Week 5 loss to the Baltimore Ravens and had surgery that Monday. Head coach Mike Tomlin said during his press conference in advance of the team’s Week 6 trip to Los Angeles that Samuels was expected to miss about a month.
His seemingly healthy return to the facility during the team’s bye week and positive words on his recovery from both Faulkner and Tomlin seem to suggest that time frame is still in play.
That would have Samuels miss the team’s Week 8 meeting with the Miami Dolphins, but might put him on the radar for a return for their Week 9 game against the Indianapolis Colts at Heinz Field on Nov. 3.
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.