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Team Div Overall
3-3-0 13-4-0
3-3-0 11-6-0
5-1-0 10-7-0
1-5-0 9-8-0

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2023 Defensive

Total Tackles
Forced Fumbles
Interceptions Returned For Touchdown
Regular Season 57 7.0 2 2 1
Post Season 3 1.0 0 0 0

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  • Steelers' Alex Highsmith: Restructures deal

    Highsmith and the Steelers agreed Wednesday to restructure his contract and create roughly $7 million in cap space, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

    Highsmith is likely converting a portion of his base salary into a signing bonus, with Rapaport calling the move a "simple" restructure. The 2020 third-round pick notched seven sacks across 17 regular-season appearances in 2023, a far cry from his career-high 14.5 sacks in 2022. Nonetheless, he remains an integral part of Pittsburgh's defense for the foreseeable future.

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  • Steelers' Alex Highsmith: Racks up seven sacks in 2023

    Highsmith tallied 57 tackles (34 solo), including 7.0 sacks, along with two interceptions, three pass defenses, two forced fumbles and a touchdown over 17 games during the 2023 season.

    Highsmith recorded a career-high 14.5 sacks in 2022 and was unable to come close to that mark in 2023, but he still put together a decent stat line during his fourth professional season. The 26-year-old had some inconsistent performances but was on the field for 80 percent of the team's defensive snaps. He signed a four-year, $68 million contract extension with Pittsburgh ahead of the 2023 campaign, so he should continue to play a prominent role on the team's defense next year.

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  • Steelers' Alex Highsmith: Nabs sack and INT in Week 16 win

    Highsmith recorded one tackle (a sack) and picked off a pass Saturday in a 34-11 victory over the Bengals.

    Highsmith made two big plays in the second half, sacking Jake Browning in the red zone late in the third quarter to help hold the Bengals to a field-goal attempt and then ending Cincinnati's next drive with an interception. The pickoff was Highsmith's second of the year while the sack was his seventh. The linebacker is unlikely to match the 14.5 sacks he recorded last season, but he's already reached the second-highest mark of his four-year career.

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  • Steelers' Alex Highsmith: Cleared for Saturday

    The Steelers announced Thursday that Highsmith has cleared concussion protocol and won't have an injury designation for Saturday's game against the Colts.

    Highsmith had initially been listed as questionable upon the release of the Steelers' final Week 15 injury report, but after turning in a full practice Thursday, the linebacker passed the final phase of the concussion protocol by gaining clearance from an independent neurologist. The Steelers will thus have both of their starting edge rushers available for Saturday, as T.J. Watt cleared concussion protocol Wednesday.

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  • Steelers' Alex Highsmith: Limited in practice

    Highsmith (concussion) was a limited participant in Tuesday's practice, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.

    Highsmith left Thursday's 21-18 loss to the Patriots with what was reported to be a neck injury, though he entered the league's concussion protocols the next day. He'll have to pass the NFL's five-step protocol -- which includes an evaluation from an independent neurologist -- in order to be available for Saturday's game against the Colts. Highsmith has 49 tackles (27 solo), including six sacks, one interception, two forced fumbles and a defensive touchdown in 13 games this season.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-4, 242 lbs
Birthplace: Wilmington, NC
Age: 26
School: Charlotte
Experience: 5