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Several injuries to key Pittsburgh Steelers overshadow preseason victory over the Green Bay Packers

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The Pittsburgh Steelers win their first preseason game of 2015 beating the Packers 24-19, but it came with a price for both teams as several key players left the game injured.

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The theme of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers preseason game had nothing to do with the final score, and everything to do with injuries. Throughout the Steelers victory over the Packers, both teams saw significant injuries to several key players.

For the Steelers, All Pro center Maurkice Pouncey and second year defensive lineman Stephon Tuitt left the game with ankle injuries. When Bruce Gradkoswki replaced Ben Roethlisberger, he injured his hand going after a fumble which lade to him heading to the locker room earlier than planned.

For the Packers, Pro Bowl wide receiver Jordy Nelson left the game with a leg injury, only to be followed up with guard T.J. Lang leaving the game as well with an injury.

In actual on-field action, the Packers took the opening kickoff and used their no huddle offense to have their way with the Steelers starting defense. After an Eddie Lacey touchdown run, the Packers too a quick 6-0 lead. The Packers converted on the two-point conversion to take a 8-0 lead.

The Steelers starting offense took the field, but a penalty riddled drive ended in a punt, and Jordan Berry pinned the Packers on their one-yard line, which resulted in a safety three plays later when James Harrison pressured Rodgers into Bud Dupree for the two-points.

The Steelers offense eventually got clicking with a 7-play 51-yard drive which resulted in a Markus Wheaton touchdown, and after a Garrett Hartley 33-yard point after touchdown, the Steelers lead the Packers 9-8.

After neither offense could do anything for the majority of the second quarter, it was the Packers who turned a botched snapped from Chris Hubbard to Bruce Gradkowski into a touchdown. After adding another two-point conversion, the Packers took at 16-9 lead into halftime.

In the third quarter, the Steelers took the opening kickoff of the half and didn't waste time on giving the ball right back to the Packers thanks to a Landry Jones interception on the first play of the second half. The Packers turned the turnover into a Mason Crosby field goal to make the score 19-9.

Midway through the third quarter, Jones was able to complete a big pass to Sammie Coates to put the Steelers in field goal range. Three plays later new placekicker Garrett Hartley split the uprights for a 46-yard field goal to narrow the deficit to 7 points as the Steelers trailed the Packers 19-12.

It was in the fourth quarter Jones was able to move the Steelers' backups down the field and score a touchdown with a nice catch and run by Tyler Murphy. Murphy's touchdown would bring the Steelers to within one, but Pittsburgh would go for a two-point conversion and fail, allowing the Packers to remain in the lead 19-18 with 10 minutes remaining in the 4th quarter.

The Steelers would continue to be the aggressor in the 4th quarter as Jones would eventually move the team down the field and eventually hit Shakim Phillips in the back corner of the endzone for the go-ahead touchdown. Pittsburgh would again go for the two-point conversion, and fail. However, the Steelerso would take a 24-19 lead into the waning minutes of the 4th quarter.

A Steelers sack would lead to a turnover on downs for Green Bay, and would essentially ice the victory for the Steelers with the final score Steelers 24, Packers 19. The Steelers record moves to 1-2 on the preseason and are next in action next Saturday against the Buffalo Bills.