After the 23-20 overtime loss to the Baltimore Ravens, the Pittsburgh Steelers are left licking their wounds as they now stare at a 2-2 record and a lengthy break until their next game against the San Diego Chargers in Week 5. However, despite the long lay off until their next game, the Steelers injury report continues to grow following their latest performance at Heinz Field on Thursday night.
Markus Wheaton was the most notable injury when the wide receiver left the game with an ankle injury. Wheaton's injury is the latest in a long line of injuries to players who are normally called upon to make plays on both sides of the ball.
The Steelers were without Ryan Shazier, Daniel McCullers, Matt Spaeth and the biggest injury being Ben Roethlisberger; however, the Steelers had every chance to win the football game and weren't able to cash in on several different occasions.
Other than Wheaton's ankle injury, head coach Mike Tomlin listed all other injuries as "bumps and bruises" associated with playing football. Safeties Will Allen and Mike Mitchell both left the game late in the 4th quarter, but returned to the field before the end of the game. Those who follow the Steelers might want to show some concern for any injury Tomlin describes as "bumps and bruises" considering that is how he described a shoulder injury to Shazier after the team's Week 2 win over the San Francisco 49ers, and the ILB hasn't played a snap since.
The Steelers now have an extended break before they travel to San Diego to play the Chargers on Monday Night Football in Week 5. They will need the time to get as many players healthy and back on the field to help right the ship following this AFC North loss.