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Alex Highsmith

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182 FPTS

RANK: 57





25 yrs


6'4'' / 242 lbs




Racks up seven sacks in 2023

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-12

Highsmith tallied 57 tackles (34 solo), including seven 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.

Fantasy Points by Week 2022


Weekly Stats 2022

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3 @CLE Outdoor undefined° undefined NaNth 4.038.5682620%0021.500undefinedundefined
12 @IND Dome undefined° undefined NaNth 2.539.551240100%002100undefinedundefined
14 BAL Outdoor undefined° undefined NaNth -2.537.5562100%000000undefinedundefined
15 @CAR Outdoor undefined° undefined NaNth 3.037.545131100%001100undefinedundefined
16 LV Outdoor undefined° undefined NaNth -2.539.5480110%001100undefinedundefined
17 @BAL Outdoor undefined° undefined NaNth 1.535.5523000%000000undefinedundefined
18 CLE Outdoor undefined° undefined NaNth -3.039.562262100%0032.500undefinedundefined

Performance Splits: 2020 to 2022

Home Outdoor 24 18undefinedNaNth1,07631501778%102311.500undefinedundefined
Away Outdoor 21 17undefinedNaNth1,01136491359%1115900undefinedundefined
Away Dome 1 1undefinedNaNth310110%000000undefinedundefined
Away Retractable Dome 3 2undefinedNaNth10727150%003200undefinedundefined

Career Stats by Season: 2020 to 2022

2020 23 PIT 16 5 73 331th4361623556%11620000
2021 24 PIT 16 16 148 116th85028461573%001560010
2022 25 PIT 17 17 182 57th93925381263%102014.50050

Nabs sack and INT in Week 16 win

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-25

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.

Cleared for Saturday

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-14

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.

Limited in practice

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-12

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 as 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.

In concussion protocol

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-08

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports Friday that Highsmith has entered the NFL's concussion protocol following Thursday's 21-18 loss to the Patriots.

Highsmith sustained what was reported as a neck injury in the first half of Thursday's loss and did not return. The good news for Highsmith and the Steelers is that he has more time to clear the NFL's five-step concussion protocol and be ready to play in Week 15 against the Colts.

Downgraded to out

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-07

Highsmith (neck) is out for the rest of Thursday night's game against the Patriots, Steelers' Senior Director of Communications Burt Lauten reports.

The linebacker suffered the neck injury earlier in the first half, walked off on his own and entered the medical tent. Highsmith made two tackles before leaving the game. The fourth-year pro has 49 tackles on the season, including six sacks.

Questionable to return

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-07

Highsmith left Thursday night's game against the Patriots with a neck injury and is questionable to return, Alan Saunders of reports.

The linebacker walked off the field on his own and entered the medical tent, per Mike DeFabo of The Athletic. Highsmith made two tackles before exiting. The fourth-year pro has 49 tackles, including six sacks, two passes defensed, an interception and two forced fumbles in 2023.

Gets back into sack column

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-04

Highsmith recorded eight tackles (five solo) including 1.5 sacks in Sunday's 24-10 loss versus the Cardinals.

Highsmith's tackle total in Week 13 was a season-high, and he registered in the sack column for the first time since Week 9 versus the Titans. He's had a down year compared to his fantastic numbers in 2022, but he and T.J. Watt still make for a formidable pass-rushing duo.

Pair of sacks in win

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-11-04

Highsmith recorded four tackles and two sacks in Thursday's 20-16 win over the Titans.

Highsmith entered the game with only 2.5 sacks across his first seven games of the campaign. He nearly doubled that mark in Thursday's contest, as he took down Will Levis twice for a combined -10 yards. Highsmith will look to use this contest as momentum to get to the quarterback more consistently across the second half of the season.

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