In what will end up being seen as one of the worst games of Mike Tomlin's tenure in Pittsburgh, he is assuming the loss of not only center Maurkice Pouncey, but linebacker Larry Foote as well.
Foote ruptured a biceps in the Steelers' 16-9 loss to the Tennessee Titans in Week 1. It came in wake of a contract extension Foote signed this offseason to help bridge the gap between a young and emerging defense and the old guard.
What's worse is Foote, as well as the Steelers' defense, played well in the loss. Short-changed by a dreadful performance on the offensive side of the ball, the Steelers defense kept what could have been a complete disaster of a game competitive until the end.
Kion Wilson replaced Foote during the game, although nothing will likely be said about him becoming the long-term replacement for him. The Steelers cut Stevenson Sylvester during training camp, and other back-up option, Marshall McFadden, signed with the Raiders practice squad.
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