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Steelers Injury Report: Cameron Heyward injury tarnishes near perfect performance

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The Pittsburgh Steelers played nearly a perfect game, but injuries to two starters might have the team short-handed heading into Week 1.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers couldn't have asked for much more than what they received from their starting offense and defense in Week 3 of the preseason. Taking their show on the road to play the New Orleans Saints in the Superdome, it was their first preseason victory with the score of 27-14, but there was one aspect of the game which tarnished a near perfect performance.

Injuries.

Yes, the Steelers, who had been pretty fortunate to date with key injuries, suffered two big injuries to starters Cameron Heyward and Marcus Gilbert. Heyward's injury was to his ankle, while Gilbert sustained an elbow injury.

After the game head coach Mike Tomlin didn't give much of an update Heyward, other than they didn't know the significance of the injury and that it will be evaluated, but it should be noted he was present on the sideline wearing a protective boot in the second half.

Tomlin also added he did not feel Gilbert's injury was serious, which is tremendous news for the Steelers who lack quality depth at the offensive tackle position.

The only other injury which was sustained and noted was to safety Shamarko Thomas, who suffered a groin injury. The Steelers will now prepare for the Carolina Panthers in Week 4 of the NFL preseason next Thursday, where the majority of the starters will not play as they prepare for the Washington Redskins to open the 2016 regular season.