Steelers Injury Report: Cam Heyward high ankle sprain could jeopardize Week 1 status

By Jeff.Hartman

The Pittsburgh Steelers witnessed one of their defensive captains in Cam Heyward go down with a high ankle sprain Friday night against the Saints, but will he be ready to play in Week 1?

Everyone knows the NFL preseason is a case of meaningless exhibition games, but when players get injured in these contests it can be extremely frustrating.

In 2015 the Pittsburgh Steelers had their share of injuries before the “real games” started. Maurkice Pouncey was lost for the season with a broken ankle, Shaun Suisham lost for the year with an ACL tear, Garrett Hartley was sidelined with a hamstring injury and a couple other lesser known players all suffered injuries which put their season, and careers, on hold.

So on Friday night, when the Steelers invaded New Orleans to play the Saints, and fans everywhere watched their defensive captain Cameron Heyward laying on the ground as his right ankle was being tended to by the medical personnel, everyone thought the same thing, “Here we go again…”

However, after the game, it was announced Heyward suffered a high ankle sprain, but the severity of the sprain had yet to be seen.

Steelers DE Cam Heyward has a high ankle sprain but told me, “I’ll be there Week One.”

— Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) August 27, 2016

As reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Ed Bouchette, Heyward thinks he will play in Week 1, but high ankle sprains are anything but a guarantee, especially with 16 days until the season officially begins.

Former San Diego Chargers team doctor, and now injury analyst, David J. Chao talked about Heyward’s injury on his official Twitter account.

By video, mild high ankle sprain. Reasonable chance @CamHeyward @steelers ok for Week 1. Likely boot precautionary. https://t.co/D1M9eprACm

— David …read more

Source:: BehindTheSteelCurtain.com

2016 Steelers Roster, 90 in 90 Days: Michael Cooper looks to block his way to a roster spot

By Eric.O’Connell

In a new feature at BTSC, we are breaking down the Steelers 90-man roster one player, one position, one day at a time. The conclusion of this feature will be the start of the 2016 season.

Player: Michael Cooper

Position: TE

School: Indiana

Overview: Back in June, on the eve of training camp, tight end was supposed to be a position the Steelers had locked down with few surprises. Fast forward to the last week of August and Ladarius Green is still out with an ankle injury, Matt Spaeth retired, and there appears to be room for an unknown rookie to make the team.

One of the players that is trying out is Michael Cooper, who played his college ball at Indiana. Cooper wasn’t much of a receiving threat in college, hauling in 19 receptions for 230 yards and two touchdowns in his career. He was used primarily as a blocker on the best total offense in the Big 10, and despite his low reception totals he can display reliable hands. In an interview with NFLDraftBlitz.com Cooper said he likes to model his game off of Rob Gronkowski, as well as Heath Miller and Owen Daniels.

Unfortunately, Cooper is going to need a lot of work to get close to that level of play. Cooper was not targeted in the Steelers preseason game, but fellow tight end Xavier Grimble was. Grimble definitely has the inside track on any openings at tight end right now so the odds are pretty long that Cooper will make the Steelers roster. His best bet is to show what he can do as a blocker and hope another team will pick him up.

Strengths:
Willing blocker -relishes the contact
Blocks through the whistle
Experience in the H-back and Tight end spots
Ran typical NFL …read more

Source:: BehindTheSteelCurtain.com

Cameron Heyward suffered high-ankle sprain last night, says he’ll be ready ‘Week 1’

By admin

Cameron Heyward suffered high-ankle sprain last night, says he’ll be ready ‘Week 1’ (via http://ble.ac/teamstream-) http://teamstre.am/2brzP3H

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Source:: Planet Steelers.com