Injuries have been a prevalent theme for the Pittsburgh Steelers this season, and their Monday night victory over the Cincinnati Bengals was no exception.
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."