Injuries keep on mounting for the 8-3 Pittsburgh Steelers. Among the key ones sustained in Sunday’s 19-16 overtime victory was a right foot injury to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, hamstring injury to starting cornerback Bryant McFadden and an MLC sprain to defensive end Nick Eason.
Roethlisberger played through significant pain late in the game and will undergo tests tomorrow in Pittsburgh and then be further examined.
Roethlisberger’s injury is not believed to be serious but there’s a good chance that Eason won’t be available next week and possibly the same for McFadden.
McFadden left Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury and McFadden not being available for next Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens will be a significant blow to the Steelers secondary.
With McFadden out, William Gay and Keenan Lewis each saw time in McFadden’s left cornerback spot. Lewis was exploited early in the 4th quarter and rarely saw the field after that.
Gay took the bulk of reps at LCB in place of McFadden.
Lewis’ inability to play the slot in the nickle or dime base has pushed the Steelers to play Anthony Madison in those situations more than the Steelers would probably like or expected to this season as Lewis continues to disappoint.
Gay will start against Baltimore if McFadden’s unable to go.
Eason had 5 tackles in the game and continues to play a big role on the defensive line, a unit that has been hit with key injuries to Aaron Smith and Brett Keisel.
The early prognosis on Eason is that he’s likely out for next week’s game and has a 1-2 week injury.
Keisel remains week to week after going from probable to questionable and eventually out this week. He missed his 5th straight game, this time with a calf injury, after being hindered with a hamstring injury for several weeks.