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Despite broken hand, Timmons expected to start vs. Raiders

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During the third quarter against the Baltimore Ravens, Lawrence Timmons suffered a broken hand which caused him to be sidelined late in the game. However that isn't going to stop the Steelers' leading tackler from playing this week.

Timmons registered 17 tackles against the Baltimore Ravens this Sunday.
Timmons registered 17 tackles against the Baltimore Ravens this Sunday.
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While there were many good notes to take from this week's win against the Baltimore Ravens, the Pittsburgh Steelers could appreciate that they wouldn't lose their sixth player to injured reserve for the rest of the season.

Although no players may have been lost for the season, the team's leading tackler, Lawrence Timmons, broke his hand during the second half. Timmons has been a stalwart player all-season for Pittsburgh and has 22 more tackles than any other defender on the roster during the 2013 season.

The good news is that the injury only requires a hand cast that won't restrict his fingers, and Timmons is expected to play against the Oakland Raiders. Had Timmons gone down, it would have been arguably as big of a blow as losing Maurkice Pouncey in the opening game of the season. Timmons has been one of the most consistent player on the defensive side of the ball, has the most tackles on the team by far (51), and has one of the team's two interceptions this season.