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Pittsburgh Steelers Exit Baltimore with More Injury Questions

November 29th, 2013 at 11:56 PM
By Mark Mihalko

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens clashed on Thursday night in what was a typical affair between the franchises. The play was physical, the scoring tight, and again it came down to a play in the final seconds. Unfortunately,  for the Steelers, they were not able to overcome the early deficit and fell 22-20 in one of the more memorable battles.

'Steelers v Bills' photo (c) 2009, Chris Winters - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/
 While the loss is disappointing and definitely put damper on their playoff hopes, at 5-7 they are still at least mathematically alive for a spot in the second season. However, that playoff window is closing and the Steelers can ask what might have been had they made one or two more plays in 2013.

This game is no different, in fact, there may have been more missed opportunities littered throughout. Whether it was a botched field goal attempt, a failed two-point conversion, or a defense that could not hold a mediocre offense in check, making just one more play likely would have led to a victory.  Instead, they will head into this mini-bye with a ton of injuries and nothing but a loss to show for it.

The Steelers watched four offensive linemen (three starters), a defensive lineman and their starting running back all leave with injuries. While the severity of the injuries are unknown at this juncture, it is not a positive note. Le’Veon Bell, who again flashed the talent that led the Steelers to draft him in the second round, may be worse-off after suffering a concussion on a vicious play late in the contest. Bell, who rushed for 73-yards and added 63 more as a receiver had his helmetless head snap against the turf in the final two-minutes, will have to pass a battery of concussion tests before being cleared.  

The offensive line, which again played better allowing zero sacks, was decimated. Starters Kelvin Beachum (knee), David DeCastro (foot) and Fernando Velasco (ankle) and primary back-up Mike Adams (ankle) were all injured to some extent, with only DeCastro being available on the final plays. At this point, there is no update on their availability moving forward.  

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Tags: Baltimore Ravens, David DeCastro, Fernando Velasco, Football, Kelvin Beachum, Mike Adams, NFL, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Steelers

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