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Serious Knee Injury for Pittsburgh Steelers Kicker Shaun Suisham

What does this mean for the Steelers?

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Distracted by lackluster plays from Landry Jones (#EndtheExperment) and a consistent and dynamic performance from Dri Archer, not many people noticed Shaun Suisham limping off the field after helping with a post-kickoff tackle at the beginning of the second half. Since Landry Jones wasn't throwing touchdowns-- not even to a wide-open C.J. Goodwin in the endzone or to a wide-open-but-can't-catch Jesse James-- it wasn't readily apparent that the Steelers were missing their kicker. After all, no touchdowns means no extra points.

The biggest news of last night wasn't speculation about rookies, new guys, the pass rush, unsung heroes, and the secondary. It was the injury Suisham sustained to his knee, which Mike Tomlin called potentially significant. The sad part of this equation is that Suisham's aggressive play was for naught- there was no need to throw himself into the mix like that-- preseason or  not.

With the change in the Points After Touchdown rule, that makes the extra point attempt longer, and with Heinz Field such a difficult venue for kickers, the loss of Shaun Suisham is very bad news for the team with the most difficult schedule in the NFL and that competes in the most competitive division.

Sure, kickers are replaceable. Nonetheless, it might be hard to find someone able to perform as consistently as Suisham at Heinz Field.

Also out last night with a potentially serious knee injury was Cameron Stingily who rushed for 18 yards on 11 carries.

Update 11:51 p.m.

Not looking good. Confirmation to come later in the day.