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Steelers banged up but not broken after physical battle with the Ravens

The Steelers defensive line finished the game extremely thin due to injuries to Alualu and Heyward

NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Steelers keep their unblemished record going as the outscored of the Baltimore Ravens 21-7 in the second half to move the 7-0 in the season. But like most matchups with their AFC North rival, the physicality can take its toll when it comes to injuries coming out of the game.

Steelers nose tackle Tyson Alualu left the game in the first quarter with a knee injury and did not return. In his absence, Isaiah Buggs filled in primarily a little nose tackle and struggled throughout the first half. In the second half, Buggs stepped up to the plate and made several key plays filling in for the Steelers veteran defensive lineman.

On two different instances late in the game, Steelers defensive captain Cameron Heyward missed time due to injury. After the first instance, Heyward returned to the game from what head coach Mike Tomlin described afterwards as a cramping issue. Heyward went down again with 0:08 left in the game and had to be helped to the sidelines. Following the game, Coach Tomlin did not have any information or update on Heyward from his second injury.

In his post game press conference, Coach Tomlin also acknowledged the loss of Mike Hilton for this game who was not able to dress before it even started. When asked about all the injuries and if there would be any affect moving forward, Tomlin did not have any information on whether or not players availability would be hindered beyond this week’s game.

Of course, more information will come as to the Steelers injury status on Tuesday when Coach Tomlin has his regularly scheduled press conference.

Stay tuned to Behind The Steel Curtain for continued coverage of the Steelers 28-24 victory over the Baltimore Ravens.