The Pittsburgh Steelers closed out an impressive but injury-filled first half against the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday night with a 13-0 lead. As expected, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger saw limited action but looked sharp, completing seven of eight attempts for 49 yards. On the ground, running back Jonathan Dwyer broke off a 33-yard run but he left the game with a shoulder injury and was declared done for the night. Byron Leftwich, who took a huge hit to the head, hooked up with Emmanuel Sanders for the only touchdown of the half.
In addition to Dwyer, rookie tackle Mike Adams left the game with a knee injury. David DeCastro, the other rookie offensive lineman, look good pulling and moving along the offensive front.
Steve McClendon was productive upfront on the defensive side of the ball, registering three tackles and causing damage on the interior. McClendon notched one sack and two tackles for loss, matching his sack total for all of last season.
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