Injuries this year have been rampant. I can't remember a time when the Steelers were hit this bad with the injury bug. The only silver lining is that only one has been season ending since the start of regular season. I'll break it down.
Week 1: starting RT Willie Colon was lost to a triceps injury for the season.
Week 3:starting LT Jonathan Scott leaves the game with an ankle sprain. Starting RG Doug Legursky leaves the game with a shoulder injury. Back up RT Marcus Gilbert dislocates shoulder comes back in. Bryant McFadden out with injury.
Week 4: This was and is the bloodiest of the year so far. Starting QB Ben Roethlisberger sprains his already hurt foot. Starting ROLB James Harrison breaks orbital bone in the face will not play for some time. Backup ROLB has a quadriceps injury that will keep him out Week 5.Starting RB Rashard Mendehall hurt his hamstring in the game won't play Week 5. 3rd Down RB Mewelde Moore has a high ankle sprain will not play Week 5. Cortez Allen right ankle sprain questionable.Starting NT Casey Hampton right shoulder contusion questionable. Starting DE Aaron Smith mid-foot sprain likely out. Starting WR Mike Wallace rib probable.
Yeah here is the scary part your staring line up on offense and defense if non of these guys return for Week 5.
QB: Ben Roethlisberger or Charlie Batch (depending on health)
RB: Isaac Redman, ( Johnathan Dwyer spelling)
If it is any consolation Mike Tomlin hopes Legursky, Scott and McFadden are back. I am very worried however about a team who is already not playing up to par in the run defense staring 3 new starters on the D-line. Harrisons injury might be a blessing becuase it allows him to rest his back as well as allows the Steelers to see how Slyvester will play. (he will get some snaps) Timmons will be okay at ROLB he is athletic enough and strong enough for all phases. I can't believe I actually want Scott back but he is an upgrade over Essex and I don't think Legursky gets his starting spot back. Fans might be happy to see Redman start we will see if he can legitimately carry the rock like a starter. It still early in the season maybe some of the reps for the young guys will hep out later in the year. And I repeat it is still early in the season!