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Chris Boswell

Pittsburgh Steelers
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Pittsburgh Steelers
Place Kicker #9
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Chris Boswell News

Drills 56-yard field goal

Boswell made his lone field-goal attempt while converting both of his extra-point tries in Sunday's 26-17 loss to the Raiders.

Analysis: Boswell was perfect on five kicks in last week's season opener, and he remained perfect against the Raiders. He drilled a 56-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter to bring the Steelers within one possession, but the team was unable to capitalize down the stretch. The 30-year-old has now made four field-goal attempts and four extra-point tries across his first two appearances in 2021.

Sep 19, 2021 7:29 PM EST

Perfect in opener

Boswell converted on all three of his field-goal attempts while making both of his extra-point tries in Sunday's 23-16 win over the Bills.

Analysis: Boswell faced some competition from Samuel Sloman during the preseason, but the veteran won the starting job to begin the regular season. The Steelers were held scoreless in the first half in Sunday's season opener, but the 30-year-old converted a pair of field goals in the third quarter before making a 45-yard attempt late in the fourth. Boswell made 95 percent of his field-goal attempts in 2020 and got off to a productive start in the 2021 campaign.

Sep 13, 2021 10:23 AM EST

Makes preseason debut

Boswell converted on his lone extra-point try in Thursday's 24-16 preseason win over the Eagles.

Analysis: Boswell didn't see the field in last week's Hall of Fame Game against the Cowboys, while Samuel Sloman converted on one of his two field-goal attempts during the contest. The 30-year-old took the field for an extra-point try in the first half Thursday, but Sloman saw work in the second half and made his lone field-goal attempt while also drilling a pair of extra-point tries. The two should continue to compete for kicking duties during the preseason, but Boswell has six years of experience in the league and made 19 of his 20 field-goal attempts last year.

Aug 13, 2021 11:14 AM EST

Puts in full Thursday workout

Boswell (groin) practiced without restrictions Thursday, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.

Analysis: Boswell was unavailable for Pittsburgh's Week 17 matchup against the Browns, watching from the sidelines as Matthew Wright knocked down all three of his field-goal attempts as well as his lone point-after try. It remains to be seen who will suit up Sunday against Cleveland, but Boswell is currently the only kicker on Pittsburgh's active roster. With the veteran amidst a career season that's consisted of a 95 percent conversion rate, it's probable Boswell gets the nod in a high-leverage spot.

Jan 7, 2021 3:22 PM EST

Limited participant Wednesday

Bowsell (groin) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.

Analysis: Boswell last suited up in Week 15, but he'll hope to show enough progress in practice this week to handle kicking duties for Sunday's wild-card round matchup with the Browns. If Boswell can't go, Matthew Wright would continue to fill in.

Jan 6, 2021 12:30 PM EST

Could play in wild-card game

Head coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that Boswell (groin) will try to work his way back for Sunday's wild-card game against the Browns, Missi Matthews of the Steelers' official site reports.

Analysis: Boswell returned to full practice participation last Wednesday before sitting out the final two sessions of the week. It's unclear if he aggravated his injury, but he'll try to shake the injury for the first round of playoffs. Boswell's status should be more clear when the Steelers reveal their first practice report of the week this Wedesday. Matthew Wright -- who has made all four field-goal attempts and all seven extra-point tries in Boswell's place this year -- will kick for the Steelers on Sunday if Boswell can't go.

Jan 5, 2021 2:23 PM EST

Ruled out for Sunday

Boswell (groin) has been ruled out for Sunday's game at Cleveland.

Analysis: Boswell did not participate in practice Thursday or Friday and will consequently miss his second straight contest. The veteran kicker practiced in full Wednesday, so it's unclear if he reaggravated the groin issue or is simply receiving an extra week of rest with Pittsburgh gearing up for the postseason. Matthew Wright was called up from the practice squad last week to kick for the Steelers and will likely return to the role Sunday.

Jan 1, 2021 2:52 PM EST

Misses practice

Boswell (groin) did not practice Thursday, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.

Analysis: Boswell practiced in full Wednesday, so it's possible that he's only receiving a day of workload maintenance. The Steelers have already announced that a number of key starters will sit Week 17, so if there are any lingering questions regarding Boswell's health he could end up being rested for the playoffs.

Dec 31, 2020 2:51 PM EST

Returns to full practice

Boswell (groin) practiced fully Wednesday.

Analysis: Meanwhile, Matthew Wright, who filled in for Boswell in Week 16, is back with the Steelers' practice squad. With a full practice under his belt, Boswell is in line to kick Sunday against the Browns, but note that he'll be working being a team that will be resting some key players, including starting QB Ben Roethlisberger.

Dec 30, 2020 3:40 PM EST

Out for Sunday

Boswell (groin) will not play Sunday against the Colts.

Analysis: The fact Boswell was unable to practice Friday seemed to indicate this designation would occur. The Steelers called up Matthew Wright, who will step in as the team's starting kicker, from the practice squad in a corresponding move.

Dec 26, 2020 12:55 PM EST

Questionable Week 16

Boswell (groin) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Colts, Dale Lolley of reports.

Analysis: The 29-year-old was added to the injury report Thursday as a limited participant, and he was unable to participate at Friday's practice. The Steelers figure to promote Matthew Wright from the practice squad Saturday if Boswell's availability remains in question.

Dec 25, 2020 2:38 PM EST

Bothered by groin injury

Boswell was added to the Steelers' injury report Thursday as a limited participant at practice due to a groin issue, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.

Analysis: A mid-week addition to the injury report is never a great sign for any player, and the fact that Boswell is being listed with a lower-body issue is especially worrisome. Boswell will likely need to prove the groin injury presents no problem with his kicking accuracy and distance during Friday's practice, or else he'll likely carry a designation into Sunday's game against the Colts, if he isn't ruled out ahead of the weekend. Pittsburgh would likely promote Matthew Wright from the practice squad if there's any concern Boswell won't be able to play Week 16.

Dec 24, 2020 11:53 AM EST

Perfect in MNF loss

Boswell converted on his lone field-goal attempt while also making both of his extra-point tries in Monday's 27-17 loss to the Bengals.

Analysis: Boswell was on the field for a second straight week after missing the team's Week 13 game due to a hip injury. He wasn't needed much, but he converted on all three of his kicks, including a 25-yard field goal. The Steelers' offense has struggled over the past two weeks, and Boswell has only been needed for one field-goal attempt during that time.

Dec 22, 2020 10:40 AM EST

Converts on lone extra-point try

Boswell didn't attempt any field goals but converted on his lone extra-point try in Sunday's 26-15 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: Boswell missed last week's loss to Washington due to a hip issue, but he practiced for most of the week leading up to Sunday's matchup. Pittsburgh failed to generate much offensive production against Buffalo, so Boswell's workload in the loss was minimal. The 29-year-old has been effective when needed this season, but the Steelers have had fewer scoring opportunities recently due to their offensive woes.

Dec 14, 2020 2:05 PM EST

Practices in full

Boswell (hip) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Brooke Pryor of reports.

Analysis: Boswell wasn't able to suit up for Monday's loss to Washington, and he also missed Wednesday's practice, but it now certainly looks like he's trending in the right direction for Sunday's road game against the Bills. If Boswell were to suffer any unexpected setbacks, though, the Steelers could always call Matthew Wright back up from the practice squad.

Dec 10, 2020 1:49 PM EST

Misses practice to start week

Boswell (hip) didn't practice Wednesday, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.

Analysis: Per Varley, coach Mike Tomlin said that Boswell's practice participation will guide the team's decision on whether he'll play Sunday in Buffalo. By that metric, Bowswell's absence Wednesday isn't a promising start. Matthew Wright filled in for Boswell in Monday's loss to Washington, and while Wright didn't miss, Pittsburgh's decision to pass up on a field-goal attempt from Washington's 28-yard line with the game tied and under five minutes remaining likely would have played out differently had Boswell been available.

Dec 9, 2020 12:43 PM EST

Unavailable against Washington

Boswell (hip) is inactive for Monday's game against Washington.

Analysis: This news was expected after Boswell was downgraded to doubtful Sunday. He's been outstanding this season, connecting on 18 of 19 field-goal attempts (95 percent). Matthew Wright will kick for the Steelers on Monday.

Dec 7, 2020 12:46 PM EST

Unlikely for Week 13

The Steelers downgraded Boswell (hip) from questionable to doubtful for Monday's game versus Washington.

Analysis: Boswell wasn't added to the Steelers' injury report until Saturday, an indication the hip issue may have surfaced during the team's final practice of the week. In any case, Boswell is trending in the wrong direction as Monday's game approaches, and he looks poised to miss his first contest since the 2018 season. The Steelers are expected to promote Matthew Wright from the practice squad to serve as their Week 13 kicker.

Dec 6, 2020 9:24 AM EST

Questionable for Monday

Boswell (hip) is listed as questionable for Monday's contest against Washington.

Analysis: Boswell popped up on the injury report and was unable to practice Saturday after suffering a hip ailment Friday. If Boswell is unable to play, expect Matthew Wright to be called up from the practice squad, although the Steelers have given no such indication the move could take place. Wright has not played in a game since he entered the league as an undrafted rookie in 2019.

Dec 5, 2020 11:40 AM EST

Makes two field goals Wednesday

Boswell converted on both of his field-goal attempts while missing his only extra-point try in Wednesday's 19-14 win over the Ravens.

Analysis: Boswell's day got off to a slow start as he missed an extra-point try in the first quarter of Wednesday's game, but he converted on a pair of short field goals later in the contest. The 29-year-old has now converted on 94.7 percent of his field-goal attempts, but he's only made 88.6 percent of his extra-point tries this year. He'll face a slightly more favorable matchup against Washington next week.

Dec 3, 2020 9:47 AM EST

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