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Steelers injuries: Keenan Lewis, Emmanuel Sanders hurt vs. Cowboys

Emmanuel Sanders had to leave the Pittsburgh Steelers' game with a rib injury, and Keenan Lewis hurt his groin to add to a growing list of injured Steelers cornerbacks.

Tom Pennington

The Pittsburgh Steelers' secondary continues to suffer unfortunate injuries, as Keenan Lewis and DeMarcus Van Dyke each needed to leave the game against the Dallas Cowboys after the team was already forced to search deep in the depth chart for potential players.

Lewis banged to the turf in the third quarter and was out for the rest of the game with what was described as a groin injury. He had been dealing with a hip injury, and it's unclear if that was related. Van Dyke was injured early on special teams, needing to leave the game with a shoulder injury on the team's first punt of the game.

Ike Taylor is out for what could be the rest of the year with a broken bone in his foot, and backup Cortez Allen was unable to go with a groin injury. Lewis has started all season, but his top backup was out, and Josh Victorian was making his first career start on the other side. Van Dyke hasn't been active for large swaths of the year but was going to factor in with the team unable to play its best players in the secondary. The Steelers had to bank on unknown entities such as Curtis Brown and Robert Golden late as the Cowboys came back for an overtime win.

Emmanuel Sanders had to leave the game with a rib injury after only being targeted once.

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