Cam Heyward’s timeline to return to the Steelers post-surgery
The Pittsburgh Steelers certainly didn’t get good injury news after their Week 1 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. The list Mike Tomlin read off after the game was a laundry list of players who are banged up, highlighted by defensive captain Cam Heyward.
Heyward’s groin injury, suffered early in the game vs. the 49ers, will require surgery and will have him sidelined for the foreseeable future. But how long will he be out? According to Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafalo, both of the NFL Network, Heyward is slated to be out of the lineup for roughly eight weeks.
#Steelers perennial Pro Bowl DL Cam Heyward is having surgery to repair his groin today in Pittsburgh, per me and @MikeGarafolo. He’s expected to miss about eight weeks, but will be back midway through this season. He suffered his injury Sunday. pic.twitter.com/RQVLrfKA05
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 14, 2023
Considering Heyward is undergoing surgery today, and will be sidelined for at least half the season, his placement on Injured Reserve (IR) isn’t a matter of if, but when. The team won’t have to make that decision right away, especially with the team not playing until Monday night.
Heyward’s injury isn’t the only one which has taken notice around the Steelers’ facility. Diontae Johnson’s hamstring injury is one which has many wondering if he too will be headed to IR. When speaking with media Thursday, he stated how the team hasn’t made a final decision on him potentially going on IR, stating his hamstring is feeling better.
This per Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Diontae Johnson said the Steelers have not yet made a decision about whether he will go on IR. He said his hamstring is starting to feel better.
— Ray Fittipaldo (@rayfitt1) September 14, 2023
The Steelers will have to make some roster moves in the coming days, so be sure to stay tuned to SCN for the latest news and notes surrounding the Steelers as they prepare for the Cleveland Browns on Monday Night Football in Week 2.