There are certain things which can take place and completely take the sails out of a team after a big victory. Some might suggest that happened when the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field Monday night, but lost inside linebacker Ryan Shazier to a knee injury.
The oft-injured linebacker is one of the team's most dynamic playmakers, and missing him for any period of time would be a huge hit to the team's defense. In the game, Shazier forced a fumble, had an interception, had two pass defenses and tallied 6 tackles in the game before leaving in the 3rd quarter with the injury.
After the game, head coach Mike Tomlin said Shazier would be evaluated, but Shazier said his knee feels fine.
Steelers Shazier says knee is fine— Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) September 13, 2016
What is in the back of every fan's minds is the fact Shazier has not just suffered injuries every year he has been in the league, but a lot of those injuries were downplayed and then saw him miss weeks of games. As a rookie it was a "boo boo" to his knee, it was then his shoulder injury last season and now the knee injury.
Mike Tomlin will address the media tomorrow, and will likely give a very vague update on the injury, but the first official practice report on Thursday will be a true indicator of his potential availability in a big divisional game in Week 2 as the Cincinnati Bengals come to Heinz Field.
UPDATE: Recent report states Shazier admitted he was taken out for precautionary reasons. However, there was still some type of injury to keep him off the field.