The Pittsburgh Steelers were hit with some unfortunate news on Tuesday during practice. Wide receiver Chase Claypool had to leave early and was helped off of the field after suffering an injury, according to Brooke Pryor of ESPN.
Chase Claypool went down at the end of practice, looks lower body. Ben Roethlisberger and Eric Ebron helped him over to the sideline so he wasn’t putting any weight on the injury. Tough angle to see what happened.
— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) August 17, 2021
Claypool had to be helped off by Ben Roethlisberger and Eric Ebron, and surely Big Ben does not want to see anybody go down, especially Claypool. The former Notre Dame standout burst onto the scene in his rookie campaign, finishing with 62 catches for 873 yards and nine touchdowns.
Claypool made headlines with a huge seven-catch, 110-yard performance that saw him go to the endzone three times against the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Steelers brought back JuJu Smith-Schuster and drafted tight end Pat Freiermuth out of Penn State, so the receiving corps is excellent in what is likely to be Big Ben's final NFL campaign. The excitement has been buzzing over the potential of the Steelers this season, although any absence to Claypool would be a huge blow for Mike Tomlin's squad.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Steelers wideout has avoided a major injury and is diagnosed with a minor ankle sprain.
Early diagnosis is that Steelers WR Chase Claypool suffered a “minor ankle sprain” today and “should be fine”, per source. https://t.co/4wByFeOfA4
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 17, 2021
It's safe to say this is good news for the Steelers and hopefully, Claypool can recover quickly and be ready to roll by the time the season rolls around.