Heyward (chest) is on track to be ready for the regular season, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Heyward suffered a pectoral injury in November of last season that was expected to require a six-month recovery timeline. The team is opting to exercise caution with the veteran, as it has avoided placing him in full offensive and defensive drills in the offseason program. Although the Steelers are not showing a sense of urgency to fully implement him their organized team activities, he is on track for a healthy start to the 2017 season. The 28-year-old tallied three sacks in seven games prior to the injury last season.
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.
|P1||8/11/17||@ NYG||7:00 pm|
|P4||8/31/17||@ CAR||7:30 pm|
|1||9/10/17||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|3||9/24/17||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|4||10/1/17||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
|6||10/15/17||@ KC||4:25 pm|
|8||10/29/17||@ DET||8:30 pm|
|Bye: Week 9|
|10||11/12/17||@ IND||1:00 pm|
|13||12/4/17||@ CIN||8:30 pm|
|16||12/25/17||@ HOU||4:30 pm|
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