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Steelers DE Cameron Heyward out for season; WR Sammie Coates has broken fingers

Nov
15

The Steelers’ difficult season just got worse.

Defensive end Cameron Heyward (pectoral injury) said on his official Instagram account that he will miss the remainder of the 2016 season. A source said Heyward has a torn pectoral muscle that will likely require surgery. He suffered the injury in Sunday’s 35-30 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

The news about Heyward came Bruce Smith Authentic Jersey shortly after Steelers coach Mike Tomlin announced that wide receiver Sammie Coates has been dealing with two broken fingers, which helps to explain his declining production.

Tomlin on Tuesday cited Coates’ “broken fingers on his hand” limiting his ability as a wide receiver, and a source says Coates has fractured ring and index fingers on the same left hand, including tendon damage. He hurt the index finger in Week 5 against the New York Jets, and he fractured the ring finger in a later game.

Heyward, a team captain who signed Cardale Jones Authentic Jersey a six-year, $59-million extension in 2015, played his first 85 career NFL games without injury issues. This year, he will miss nine games with a hamstring injury and now pectoral injury.

Brown would not second-guess the decision to trade out of the second overall pick and send it to Philadelphia. The Eagles took Carson Wentz, the Browns took Corey Coleman and got extra picks. Later, they took Cody Kessler and Dallas took Dak Prescott the following round. The Browns got the extra draft picks.

“There are very few rookies that hit the ground running,” Brown said.

Asked what led him to say that things are improving, Brown mentioned nose tackle Danny Shelton, linebacker Christian Kirksey, Coleman and running backs Duke Johnson and Isaiah Crowell. He mentioned receiver Ricardo Louis and guard Spencer Drango as well.

But Brown stressed the most important progress was seen in the three tenets of the overall plan.

“We’re not planning on 0-16,” Brown said. “That’d be very disappointing for all of us. But at the same time I think for us we’re not focused just on wins and losses. We really are focused on the really core things that will help us over a period of time be successful.”

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