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It's clear from the replay, as well as the fact he was shown in a hard cast on the sideline late in the game, Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor broke his forearm when Lawrence Timmons' helmet crashed into it on a tackle attempt.
Tomlin gave his veteran cornerback Ike Taylor a kiss on the head as he left the field, signifying the close relationship between the coach and one of his longest-tenured players.
The question for Taylor is how long he'll be out. If it's a clean break and there's no other damage, it's possible he could return late in the year. That could lead to the Steelers - who oddly haven't made a roster move yet this season - to place Taylor on the IR-Recall list.
But they may have to also sort out injuries suffered by Jarvis Jones (wrist) and Ryan Shazier (right knee). The sobering note on one of the most exciting Steelers wins in the Mike Tomlin Era is they lost three starters on the defensive side of the ball, and all of these injuries could be significant. Tomlin said after the game, "There were significant injuries," but didn't say whether he was speaking generally or if there was more than just one that will cost a player most, if not all, of the season.
Shazier was rolled into by Timmons who, outside of being the culprit for two players' injuries, played an excellent game. No. 50 limped significantly to the sideline after the play, later returning to the field without pads and with his right knee wrapped. Jones was driven into Panthers quarterback Cam Newton in an awkward way, appearing to have hit Newton's elbow as he dropped back to throw. It was the first forced-fumble the Steelers have had this season and the first takeaway. It may prove costly for Jones, though, who picked up his second sack of the year on the play.
William Gay shifted outside for the Steelers in their base defense with Antwon Blake serving as the team's nickel back. Blake was in coverage on Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin's touchdown catch late in the game. Arthur Moats came in for Jones and played a strong game, notching a sack and generally creating pressure off the edge. Sean Spence came in for Shazier and the defense didn't appear to miss a beat.
Tomlin will provide more injury updates as the season progresses, but MRIs are expected for all three players.