Steelers Gain Dupree; Lose Heyward

The Steelers continue to ride the roller coaster of injuries with the loss of their top pass rusher.

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The Steelers’ defense just can’t stay healthy this year.  Just a single hour after steelers.com reporter Missi Matthews tweeted out Bud Dupree’s potential availability for Sunday’s game, star defensive end Cam Heyward tweeted that his season was over.

Dupree has yet to make his sophomore debut this season after suffering a hip injury in training camp. Although he will be a welcome sight to see in the starting lineup, fans should temper their expectations. Drafted out of the University of Kentucky, Dupree is an athletic freak, but incredibly raw. Although his rookie season started off well with 4 sacks, he fell off dramatically in the second half of the year.  With his injury forcing him to miss a half season’s worth of practice time and game experience, it is unlikely that Dupree will suddenly become a pass rushing connoisseur for this team.

Although the return of Bud Dupree is indeed a good thing, the injury to Cam Heyward, on the other hand, is not.  According to the team, Heyward tore his pectoral in the game against the Cowboys and will be out for the rest of the season.  The loss of Heyward, who has been far and away the Steeler’s best pass rusher over the past 2 years, is absolutely devastating to a defense whose struggles to get to the quarterback have been well documented.  Heyward will be replaced by a combination of rookie Javon Hargrave, Daniel McCullers, and Ricardo Mathews, with McCullers coming in only when Hargrave kicks out to end in the base defense.

*Additional Note:

Jeremy Fowler of ESPN tweeted out that receiver Sammie Coates broke another finger in the same hand as the first one.  Because why not?

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Mathew Martinez was not born into greatness. Instead, he sort of got lost and stumbled into competence. Born in Maryland, he grew up in Centreville, Virginia; eventually moving to and living in both New Mexico and Texas. Mathew will be graduating from Texas Tech University in May with degrees in both Political Science and History. Although not from the Pittsburgh area, he is a massive Steeler fan, having fallen in love with the intense nature and physicality of players like Troy Polamalu, Aaron Smith, and especially James Harrison. His hobbies include long walks on the beach, cardio, and lying about his hobbies.
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Mathew Martinez was not born into greatness. Instead, he sort of got lost and stumbled into competence. Born in Maryland, he grew up in Centreville, Virginia; eventually moving to and living in both New Mexico and Texas. Mathew will be graduating from Texas Tech University in May with degrees in both Political Science and History. Although not from the Pittsburgh area, he is a massive Steeler fan, having fallen in love with the intense nature and physicality of players like Troy Polamalu, Aaron Smith, and especially James Harrison. His hobbies include long walks on the beach, cardio, and lying about his hobbies.

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