Steelers’ Nix, Switzer Expected to Return to Practice

Two offensive players could be back in postseason

Josh Rowntree
December 26, 2019 - 11:24 am
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Ryan Switzer (10) turns a kick-off against the Los Angeles Rams during the first quarter at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh won 17-12.

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Should the stars align, the Steelers could get back some offensive depth.

Fullback Roosevelt Nix and wide receiver Ryan Switzer have been placed on the team’s reserved/injured, designated for return list. 

Pittsburgh must make a decision in the next 21 days on what to do with either player. They must either place them on season-ending injured reserve or activate them. 

While the team announced that both players are expected to practice Thursday, neither will be eligible to play in Sunday’s regular season finale against the Ravens or in the Wild Card round of the postseason, which would take place next weekend.

The Steelers must win Sunday, and have the Tennessee Titans lose to the Houston Texans, in order to qualify for the AFC playoffs. 

Nix, who has been out with a knee injury since Week 10’s win over the Rams, has been a seemingly meaningful loss to Pittsburgh’s run game and special teams. The Steelers rank 26th in rushing offense this season, and Nix has been a constant special teams tackler in his career. 

Switzer has been out the same amount of time, dealing with a back injury. On the year, he has eight catches for 27 yards. In the season opener, he caught six passes for 29 yards. But when Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger went down with a season-ending elbow injury, Switzer was fazed out of the offense. He also lost his punt return duties to rookie Diontae Johnson after being ineffective at that spot.