Numerous players in black and gold were helped off the field last night, especially the big guys on both sides of the ball. Left guard Chris Kemoeatu sustained a knee sprain and will likely sit out of this week's practices. Rookie center Maurkice Pouncey bruised his tibia but was able to return to action after sitting out a couple series. Left tackle Max Starks was limited with "stingers," as well. On defense, Brett Keisel, who had missed a couple games with a strained hamstring, played sparingly in the contest.
Three different Steelers - safety and special teams ace Will Allen, and running backs Mewelde Moore and Issac Redman - sustained concussions against the Bengals. Their participation against New England Patriots on Sunday Night Football will be contingent on post-concussion tests this week.
So the injury report is lengthy, but nothing catastrophic. Head coach Mike Tomlin summed up the situation, sounding optimistic about his players' capacity to bounce back:
"We've got somewhat of a laundry list. We're working off of a short week. It's important that we prepare smart."