By Sean Geddes
Even though this will go down as a “W” in the win/ loss column, it was not without significant losses to the Steelers.
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.
Max Starks, the Steelers starting tackle for both Superbowl wins this decade (once at right and once at left) has been lost for the season with a disc injury in his neck. This is a big blow for the Steelers, as it is at what could be argued is their thinnest position on the entire team.
To fill the massive 6’8” void, the Steelers activated Chris Scott (who is only 6’5”) from the Physically Unable to Perform list. Scott was the Steelers fifth round draft choice this past year out of Tennessee, and was originally injured this summer while working out prior to training camp. The other Scott, Jonathan, will be the Steelers starting left tackle going in to this week’s match up against the New England Patriots.
Special teams player Will Allen, a safety, suffered a concussion Sunday. Back up running back Mewelde Moore also suffered a concussion, as did RB/ FB Isaac Redman. These three will all undergo cognitive function testing in the next few days, in an attempt to gauge their availability for Sunday.
Should Allen be unable to go, the team will rely on Ryan Mundy to back up both safety spots, but could possibly dress Keenan Lewis, who has been inactive for all of this season. The two running back’s possibly missing this game could be even more detrimental to the squad, as the only other backs available to the Steelers are rookie Jonathan Dwyer, who hasn’t suited up this year either. There is a chance we could activate Frank Summers from the practice squad, but that seems to be a more unlikely scenario.
Other injuries (yeah, seriously, there is more) include Brett Keisel, who left the game re-aggravating his hamstring injury. His status is up in the air for Sunday. Chris Kemoeatu strained his knee and did not return, his status is uncertain. Rookie stud Maurkice Pouncey left the game but returned. Coach Tomlin said he’ll be ready come game time. He also added Heath Miller has fluid in his knee, and he’ll be limited this week in practice.
Coming off of a Monday night game, and having a short week, combined with playing a solid New England Patriots team, it is imperative that all hands be on deck for this one. It is a conference game with playoff implications. This is a game you want to have a good showing in.
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