Much like week 2, the Steelers didn't seem to suffer any major injuries in their 34-31 loss to the Raiders yesterday afternoon in Oakland, but they didn't appear to get away clean, either. Steelers defense end Ziggy Hood did suffer a knee injury of some sort when his leg was rolled up on in a pile late in yesterday's contest. Hood walked off under his own power, and there was no news regarding his status following the game.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who threw for 384 yards and four touchdowns in the loss to Oakland, was hit low from behind as he unleashed a pass in the second quarter. Roethlisberger had a noticeable limp immediately after the play but appeared to be fine soon after.
Steelers right tackle Marcus Gilbert, who was hobbled during the week with a groin injury, started yesterday's game, but after showing some discomfort during a drive in the second quarter, he was replaced for a short time by rookie Kelvin Beachum before returning to action.
For the third straight game, Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison was inactive due to his on-going left knee issue. In his place, Chris Carter and Jason Worilds shared time at right outside linebacker, but neither made much of an impact as the defense struggled to get pressure on Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer.
Troy Polamalu sat out his second straight game with a strained calf, and Ryan Mundy started in his place at strong safety once again. Dating back to the playoff game in January, it was the fourth straight start for Mundy, and he was one of the goats on the Darren McFadden 64 yard touchdown run early in the first quarter, when he took a bad angle on McFadden after he shot through the hole and was quickly off to the races. Also, for the second straight week, Mundy knocked a player out of a game with a helmet-to-helmet hit. Last week, Jets running back Shonn Greene appeared dazed after a hit from Mundy and had to go to the locker room for evaluation before returning in the second half. Yesterday's was a little more frightening. Mundy hit Raiders receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey with a helmet-to-helmet shot on an incomplete pass in the end zone early in the fourth quarter. Heyward-Bey appeared to be out-cold as soon as he hit the turf and was attended to for several minutes by the Raiders medical staff. He was eventually immobilized on a stretcher and carted into the locker room. Heyward-Bey gave a thumbs up as he left the field and was able to move all of his extremities. He was in stable condition in a Bay area hospital Sunday evening as he was kept overnight for further evaluation. Mundy wasn't penalized on the play, but he can probably expect to be fined for it sometime this week.
Mike Tomlin's weekly press conference is tomorrow, and he'll hopefully shed more light on any and all Steelers injuries.
Check back with Behind the Steel Curtain throughout the week for any updates regarding Steelers injury news.