Heyward (pectoral) is facing a six-month recovery for his injury, Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Heyward, arguably the Steelers' best defensive player up front, was placed on injured reserve Saturday. His six-month recovery time places his expected return near the beginning of 2017's training camp. In the meantime, look for Ricardo Mathews to take over for Heyward at defensive end in Pittsburgh 3-4 scheme.
Heyward's pectoral injury is being re-evaluated according to head coach Mike Tomlin.
Heyward announced via his personal Instagram that he will not play the remainder of the season, but the Steelers have yet to officially announce the defensive end's move to injured reserve. Look for more information to come out the next handful of days, with Ricardo Mathews likely to fill in at starter for the time being.
At this point, Heyward is on track to play Sunday against the Ravens as his hamstring issue has improved.
Heyward (hamstring) returned to practice Monday.
Heyward was a full participant and was on record after practice saying he felt zero pain throughout the entire session. If the former first-rounder is to be believed, he appears in line to return Sunday against the Ravens.
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