Steelers Healthiest Team in AFC North Through Two Weeks of Training Camp

PITTSBURGH - OCTOBER 17: Rashard Mendenhall #34 of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs through Chris Gocong #51 of the Cleveland Browns during the game on October 17 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

We don't engage in the celebration of injuries for the rivals of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

That doesn't mean we don't notice them, either.

Baltimore lost DE Terrell Suggs likely for the season in April when he partially tore his Achilles tendon. Even with Baltimore's reputation for developing outstanding players in a great system, that's a big loss to the defending division champions.

Earlier in training camp, the Bengals lost first-round pick CB Dre Kirkpatrick for training camp with a fractured knee, and recently lost rookie CB Shaun Prater for the season, after CB Brandon Ghee dislocated his wrist, and will be out for a while as well.

The Browns lost LB Chris Gocong for the year when he ruptured his Achilles tendon this weekend.

Meanwhile, the Steelers have gone relatively unscathed, minus a sore foot QB Ben Roethlisberger sustained when he was stepped on in practice. The players are off Monday, and Roethlisberger is expected to return Tuesday.

The Steelers have yet to suffer a significant injury, although, OLBs James Harrison and Jason Worilds have yet to participate in training camp and LT Max Starks and RB Rashard Mendenhall are still rehabbing off-season knee surgeries. None of those players are expected to miss the entire season.

The amount of snaps all of the aforementioned players were expected to take in 2012 varies from high to low, but it's fair to assume the Steelers have emerged relatively unscathed in comparison to their divisional foes to this point. They were aware of Hampton's and Mendenhall's issues, they signed Starks knowing he was amid a rehabilitation process and Harrison's age likely would have kept him out of many of the training camp practices anyway. He's been starting in this defense since 2007.

Gocong is an underrated player who played some outstanding football in two games against the Steelers last year. Suggs is the reigning Defensive Player of the Year. Kirkpatrick was/is expected to be a strong addition to an already dominant Bengals defense.

The question is whether the other shoe will drop on the Steelers, much like a random foot dropped on Roethlisberger the other day.


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