Chickillo agreed to a two-year, $8 million contract with the Steelers on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Chickillo continues to develop in Pittsburgh's organization, and he recorded 24 tackles along with 1.5 sacks last season. He's not in play for a starting role behind T.J. Watt and Bud Dupree in the depth chart, but he'll continue to contribute in a reserve role with special-teams upside.
Chickillo (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Raiders, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports. Chickillo was able to fully practice Friday after having been held out to begin the week, and he could be a game-time decision for Sunday's tilt against the Raiders. The rotational linebacker has yet to miss a game this season.
Chickillo (ankle) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports. Chickillo suffered an ankle injury during a Week 11 win over the Jaguars, but appears to have returned to full health. Barring any setbacks, expect Chickillo to serve his usual role as a rotational linebacker and special-teams asset against the Broncos on Sunday.
Chickillo (ankle) is not expected to take the practice field Tuesday, Dale Lolley of DKPittsburghSports.com reports. It's unclear when Chickillo picked up the injury, but it's apparently serious enough to keep him out of practice. The sixth-round pick has been solid for the Steelers this season, racking up 15 tackles (nine solo), one sack and two fumble recoveries. If Chickillo is forced to miss time, L.J. Fort could see more snaps in his absence.
Chickillo has been tendered by the Steelers as an exclusive rights free agent, Ed Bouchette of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. The Steelers now reserve the right to match any contract another team offers Chickillo. The 25-year-old linebacker posted 13 tackles and three sacks in the first three games in 2017, but he was demoted to a reserve role and accrued just six tackles and zero sacks in the remaining 13 games. Chickillo will likely face the same tough test in 2018, with T.J. Watt and Bud Dupree seemingly locked in at outside linebacker.
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