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Steelers’ Alex Highsmith ruled OUT with neck injury in Week 14

The star edge rusher has a neck injury

Alex Highsmith #56 of the Pittsburgh Steelers in action during the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Acrisure Stadium on December 3, 2023 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images

29:33 p.m. ET update: The Steelers have officially ruled out EDGE rusher Alex Highsmith with a neck injury for the remainder of Week 14.

Pittsburgh Steelers EDGE rusher Alex Highsmith exited Week 14’s game against the New England Patriots after going down with a neck injury. He is questionable to return.

The Steelers already lost T.J. Watt briefly after he was injured on the first play of the game after taking a knee to the face. He returned to the game wearing a tinted visor.

Highsmith has six sacks on the season, and has been a monster when it comes to generating pressure this season. He signed a four-year, $68 million extension in the offseason. The Steelers drafted Highsmith in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft, before eventually replacing edge rusher Bud Dupree to be the other starting pass rusher opposite of T.J. Watt.