The worst-case rumors have been confirmed by Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward as he announced on his Instagram page he will miss the rest of the season with a pectoral injury.
I would like to thank everyone who has been in my corner this season. It pains me to say that I will not get to continue playing this season. My role will change as I can not play but it will not change the goals the team has set out. My support for this team will only grow and I look forward in watching this team grow and fight on. Hate being on the sideline but there is a greater plan taking place. My patience will be tested but I look forward to 2017. My hand will remain in the pile no matter what!
In part, his message reads.
“It pains me to say that I will not get to continue playing this season. My role will change as I can not play but it wil not change the goals the team has set out. My support this team will only grow and I look forward in watching this team grow and fight on.”
Heyward suffered the injury during Sunday’s game but was able to finished, though he struggled to play well through it. Heyward’s season has been marred by injury, missing two games earlier this season with a hamstring injury. He also suffered an ankle injury in the preseason that likely limited him in the first initial weeks.
Heyward isn’t eligible to return this season with Bud Dupree already serving as their to-return player.
He will be replaced by a combination of Ricardo Mathews and Javon Hargrave.