Heyward is expected to miss 2-to-3 weeks due to the hamstring injury he suffered Sunday, NFL.com's Aditi Kinkhabwala reports.
Heyward's injury is not considered serious, but the results of Monday's MRI unfortunately suggested it could keep him sidelined until Pittsburgh's Week 8 bye. That would mean missing Week 7's top-heavy tussle against the Patriots. A Steelers team captain, Heyward boasts 17 tackles, three sacks and a fumble recovery so far this season.
The Steelers lose perhaps their best defensive lineman in Heyward, and likely will turn to Ricardo Mathews to assume his role.
Heyward is questionable to return to Sunday's game after he suffered a left hamstring injury.
Heyward exited in the first half of Sunday's game. Ricardo Matthews will fill in while Heyward is sidelined.
Heyward recorded six tackles (all solo), including three sacks in Pittsburgh's 43-14 win over Kansas City on Sunday.
The sacks were the first of the season for Heyward, who had averaged just over four sacks a season in his career. The Steelers have been lacking a pass rush, with just two sacks in their first three games, and fantasy owners should temper their expectations heading in to Week 5 against a Jets offense line that has allowed just six sacks this season.
Heyward has been limited since suffering a high ankle sprain in a preseason game. He said he expected to be ready for week one, which was seen as an optimistic recovery time, but he managed to do it and will play in the team's Week 1 contest against the Redskins.
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