While the Steelers surprised most of the nation with a rather dominating win over the Panthers last night, there was plenty in the way of casualties in the process.
Three starters on defense are going to be out, how long varies on the player, but no matter each will be missed.
The first is CB Ike Taylor, who took a vicious helmet shot on accident from ILB Lawrence Timmons and has a broken arm. Taylor could return, but will miss likely 6 to 8 weeks, which means he won’t be back at least until likely snow is on the ground.
Antwon Blake saw playing time after Taylor left, and Cam Newton picked on him often, meaning if he continues to play, the team is going to need help in making sure he has support. Willie Gay and Cortez Allen will likely be the two starters going forward.
Rookie LB Ryan Shazier has a sprained MCL, and will MRI today according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Shazier was playing well in his first three pro games, and while he’s out, look for Sean Spence, who played well in relief of Shazier last night, to take his spot. The MRI will go a long way in telling how long Shazier is out.
Second-year LB Jarvis Jones is going to miss time, as Schefter reports he is likely going to need wrist surgery. Timmons was also responsible for that injury, but nevertheless he’s out and former Bills LB Arthur Moats, who had a sack of Netwon, will fill the spot till Jones is back.