The Steelers defense appeared to be smacked in the mouth hard and often in the second half of their 55-31 loss to New England.
A few of those shots hit linebacker Vince Williams and cornerback Ike Taylor in the head (figuratively).
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin confirmed both Williams and Taylor suffered concussions in the loss. Williams was removed in the fourth quarter while Taylor only missed five plays (71-of-76) in the game.
Both of them were involved in the game long enough to take their share of the blame after allowing the most points a Steelers team ever has. Their status for Pittsburgh's Week 10 game against Buffalo will be determined this week.
Right tackle Marcus Gilbert left the game with an ankle injury, and was replaced by Mike Adams. Gilbert was the fourth Steelers offensive linemen to get injured to the point of leaving the game in their last two games (both losses). Guy Whimper (knee) missed part of the Steelers' loss at Oakland in Week 8, and Ramon Foster left with a concussion during that game. Both were able to play against New England. Right guard David DeCastro injured an ankle, and was not able to play against the Patriots.
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