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Player of the Week

Highsmith is Digest Player of the Week


Outside Linebacker

He didn't play a lot, but you couldn't help but notice him when he was on the field.

Capping a fine first week of practice in pads during this 2021 training camp, Alex Highsmith carried it over into Thursday night's 16-3 win over Dallas in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton. Highsmith finished with three tackles, including two for loss, plus a sack that came on a second-and-goal from the 4-yard line early in the first quarter. Highsmith's sack helped force the Cowboys to settle for a field goal after an early Steelers turnover, and it set a tone for the game in which the defense allowed 347 net yards but mitigated the damage with four sacks and three takeaways.

Highsmith is the Steelers Digest Player of the Week.

Also considered were Cassius Marsh, who had four tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble; Kalen Ballage, who rushed for 19 yards on five carries, including a 4-yard touchdown; Joshua Dobbs, who completed 4-of-6 for 37 yards, including a 5-yard touchdown, for a rating of 122.9; Anthony Johnson, who caught three passes for 22 yards, and on special teams had one tackle, one fumble recovery, and he helped down one of Pressley Harvin's punts at the Dallas 1-yard line; Chase Claypool, who had three catches for 62 yards, including a diving grab down the field for a 45-yard gain; and Harvin, who punted four times for 183 yards, with three inside the 20-yard line, and a net average of 45.5.