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Cameron Heyward | Defensive Lineman | #97

Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Age / DOB:  (27) / 5/6/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 295
College: Ohio State
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (31) / PIT
Contract: view contract details

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Steelers DE Cameron Heyward (hamstring) is expected to miss 2-3 weeks.
Heyward is a solid run stopper and underrated pass rusher, so his loss will sting. The Steelers' No. 3 defensive end is replacement-level journeyman Ricardo Mathews, who will take over as the starter opposite Stephon Tuitt. Oct 10 - 4:04 PM

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Steelers DE Cameron Heyward was forced from Sunday's game against the Jets with a hamstring injury, and will not return.

Heyward went down in the first half, and was ruled out after the break. His absence means more snaps for Ricardo Mathews.
Oct 9 - 2:56 PM

Steelers RE Cameron Heyward (ankle) said he is "definitely" playing Monday night.

Heyward has been adamant he would suit up since suffering the injury, and he was able to get in full practices all week. It is possible he is not even given an injury designation on the final report. Heyward has 14.5 sacks in the last two seasons.
Source: ESPN
Sep 10 - 1:03 PM

Steelers RE Cameron Heyward (ankle) was limited on Wednesday.

Heyward suffered a high-ankle sprain in the third preseason game, but he promised to be ready for the season opener. He continued to sound positive after practice. "If I'm practicing today, I don't see why I can't play in a game on Monday," Heyward said. As long as he avoids setbacks, it looks like the star defender will suit up Monday night.
Sep 8 - 10:47 AM

Steelers RE Cameron Heyward suffered a high ankle sprain in Friday night's third preseason game.

For his part, Heyward promised he would "be there Week 1." High ankle sprains can be 4-6 week injuries, but they also vary in severity. It would be a major blow to Pittsburgh's defense if Heyward were to miss the opener against Washington. Heyward was Pro Football Focus' No. 6-rated 3-4 defensive end among 57 qualifiers last season. The Steelers are thin on the defensive line.
Aug 27 - 12:08 AM

Steelers RE Cameron Heyward was carted off the field with an ankle or foot injury in Friday night's third preseason game.

The extent of Heyward's injury is unknown, but his loss would be significant for any amount of time. Heyward is coming off a seven-sack season and also excels in run defense. The Steelers lost NT Steve McLendon in free agency.
Aug 26 - 10:03 PM

Only two players in football deflected more passes at the line of scrimmage than Steelers RE Cameron Heyward last season.

Those players were DPOY J.J. Watt and Jaguars DT Sen'Derrick Marks. At 6'5 and 288 pounds, Heyward is a matchup nightmare for opposing offenses. The Patriots have been preparing for their Week 1 matchup with Heyward by having coaches wave paddles in front of quarterbacks to disrupt the passing lanes.
Source: ESPN Boston
Sun, Aug 2, 2015 09:50:00 AM

Steelers signed RE Cameron Heyward to a six-year, $59.2 million contract through 2020.

The No. 31 overall pick of the 2011 draft had been set to make $6.969 million in his walk year. Heyward's career got off to a slow start, but he's come on as a full-time player the past two seasons. He had easily his best year in 2014, holding his own against the run while generating 7.5 sacks on 876 snaps. The Steelers clearly see more improvement in the 26 year old's future. The $9.86 million average-annual value is a reasonable figure for a still-ascending pass rusher.
Thu, Jul 16, 2015 09:12:00 PM

The Steelers want to extend contract-year RE Cameron Heyward.

Heyward started all 16 games last year, setting a career high with 7.5 sacks. He’s currently owed $7 million on his 2015 option. The Steelers could get a deal done with Heyward before training camp.
Fri, May 22, 2015 08:35:00 PM

Steelers exercised RE Cameron Heyward's fifth-year club option for 2015.

Heyward, the 31st overall pick in 2011, became a full-time starter last season and played 845 defensive snaps. He's now under team control for a little over $8 million through the next two seasons. Heyward has yet to miss an NFL game and is coming off a 59-tackle, five-sack season as a 13-game starter. He's above average as both a pass rusher and run stopper in Pittsburgh's 3-4.
Tue, Apr 22, 2014 09:04:00 AM

The Steelers will start DE Cameron Heyward in Week 6 against the Jets.

He'll replace Ziggy Hood in the starting lineup. Heyward had been getting significant snaps as a rotational defensive end, but will now get the majority of playing time going forward. Hood will be limited to sub-packages.
Tue, Oct 8, 2013 11:40:00 AM

Steelers third-year DE Cameron Heyward shed nearly 20 pounds in the offseason.

Heyward, the No. 31 overall pick in 2011, beefed up to 315 pounds last season, but he's cut back down to his college playing weight of 295. "I'll be able to get off the ball a lot quicker," Heyward said. "It's not like I lost any of my muscle. I definitely kept hitting the weights and just got in better shape." Heyward's impact has been minimal through his first two seasons.
Fri, Aug 2, 2013 08:32:00 AM

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review calls Steelers 2011 first-round pick Cameron Heyward's 2013 outlook "a cloud of uncertainty."

The 31st overall pick two years ago, Heyward hasn't so much as earned a Rotoworld blurb since signing his rookie contract in July of 2011. Pro Football Focus did give Heyward solid marks as a run stopper in 2012, but he played under 300 snaps. He won't push Ziggy Hood or Brett Keisel for a starting job.
Sat, Jul 20, 2013 07:54:00 PM

Steelers signed No. 31 overall pick DE Cameron Heyward to a four-year, $6.7 million contract.

Son of former Saints and Falcons RB Craig "Ironhead" Heyward, Cameron is a powerful down lineman considered an ideal fit for Pittsburgh's 3-4 scheme. Like 2009 first-rounder Ziggy Hood, he'll be brought along slowly behind Aaron Smith and Brett Keisel.
Fri, Jul 29, 2011 03:55:00 PM

Steelers first-rounder Cameron Heyward is expected to be used sparingly as a rookie, similar to Ziggy Hood's first season.

The plan is for Heyward to see a series "here and there," but he could be needed for more snaps if aging starters Aaron Smith and Brett Keisel struggle with injuries again.
Sun, May 1, 2011 08:34:00 PM

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