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Hoke has sprained MCL, Out at least two Weeks

Injuries continue to be a big part of the early portion of the Steelers season, and Sunday it reared its ugly head again. Nose tackle Chris Hoke sprained the medial collateral ligament in his right knee and will miss at least two weeks, according to the Post-Gazette.

Worst of all, it took place in the final minutes of the teams 38-13 win. “It’s unfortunate, but that’s how it goes, man, that’s our story this year,” Mike Tomlin said. “So somebody will step up and play, hopefully.”

Hoke, who is the backup to Casey Hampton, has been a great backup over the years, and is the team’s only true nose tackle behind Hampton.He

He has appeared in 96 games with the Steelers during his career, notching 45 total tackles, two sacks and a fumble recovery.

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  1. DrGeorge

    September 28, 2010 at 8:37 am

    We all respect Chris Hoke; he’s a consummate player, always ready to perform, even when he backs up one of the great nose tackles of all time and plays far less than he would anywhere else. So his injury is not an incidental matter. With Hampton nursing a sore hammy and no back, the defensive middle has become even more susceptible to the run. In the media frenzy over our 3-0 start, reporters have ignored this chink in our armor, but we gave up several long rushing first downs to T. Bay and Titans had some success running too before having to pass to catch up. With Flacco being more than a little inconsistent for Baltimore, I’d look at a heavy dose of rushing from them on Sunday. To beat the Ravens, we’ll have to stop the run, which means Ziggy Hood and Eason will have to step up.

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