The Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Alex Highsmith is off the field due to a serious neck injury during their losing 21-18 game against the New England Patriots on Thursday. The Steelers suffered another player injury from outside linebacker T.J. Watt. After being taken to the tent due to an injury, he was deemed fit to play and quickly returned to the game.
According to Sports Illustrated, Highsmith went down on the field in the second quarter of the game following a Patriot red zone run. Eventually, was helped off the medical tent, but not before arguing with officials for making a no-call due to Highsmith being in pain.
His parents echoed that sentiment on X, formerly known as Twitter but eventually focused on the well wishes from fans on their son’s recovery.
“Thanks for the many thoughts and prayers for Alex!! For all of you consumed with being focused on the negativity, just remember that these are young men playing a game,” wrote his father, Sam Highsmith. “Just imagine if it was your child or husband out there.”
NFL insider Ian Rapoport reported that Highsmith was undergoing tests on his neck on Friday, with a possibility he could return next week at the earliest.
Hopefully, when those medical results come in, Highsmith will be able to look forward to a quick return to the field.