Unlike the preseason, where the Steelers seemed to suffer one serious injury after another, the team managed to escape its second straight regular season game without any major injuries, as the team thumped the Jets, 27-10.
Right guard Ramon Foster and right tackle Marcus Gilbert were both back and starting on the offensive line after having to leave last week's game in Denver with minor injuries.
Emmanuel Sanders, who was the victim of a helmet-to-helmet hit against the Broncos, wasn't even on the injury report last week and contributed with three receptions for 33 yards in Sunday's game.
However, all wasn't good on the injury front before the game, as safety Troy Polamalu was inactive with a strained calf that he sustained in the week 1 loss to the Broncos last Sunday night. Ryan Mundy started in Polamalu's place at strong saftey--Mundy started at free safety last week in place of Ryan Clark--and contributed with four solo tackles, including a vicious helmet-to-helmet hit on Jets running back Shonn Greene during a nine-yard run in the second quarter. Greene appeared dazed and had to be taken to the locker room for evaluation. He later returned to action in the second half. Mundy also recovered a fumbled punt late in the third quarter.
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Speaking of Clark, after being held out of last week's game in Denver's high altitude as a precaution due to his sickle cell trait, he returned to action and led all Steelers with seven solo tackles.
Linebacker James Harrison missed his second straight game while recovering from minor knee surgery in August, and both Chris Carter and Jason Worilds saw action in his place at right outside linebacker.
Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall, who had surgery in the offseason to repair a torn ACL suffered in a game on New Year's Day, was inactive for a second straight game as both Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer split carries in the Steelers backfield.
One inactive of note for the Jets was corner Darrelle Revis, who sat out yesterday's game after sustaining a mild concussion in New York's week 1 win over the Bills.
Stay tuned to Behind the Steel Curtain for any and all breaking Steelers injury news throughout the week as the team prepares for its week 3 matchup against the Raiders.
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