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Steelers Vs. Broncos Reactions: Larry Foote Plays Well

While much of the focus on the Pittsburgh Steelers' Sunday night loss to the Denver Broncos will center on the triumphant return of Peyton Manning and his surgical ability to pick apart Pittsburgh's defense, the play of Steelers linebacker Larry Foote was a surprising bright spot to an otherwise dull defensive night.

Despite sitting out Wednesday's practice with an injured ankle, Foote compiled eight total tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and one pass defended in the 31-19 loss. The forced fumble came on the Broncos second offensive possession of the game and placed the Steelers offense on the Denver 47 yard-line. However, the team failed to capitalize on the advantageous field positioning as they were unable to manufacture any kind of points.

They will look to mirror Foote's inspired play in the team's home opener on Sunday against the New York Jets.

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