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Steelers Leave Baltimore Beaten And Banged Up

It may have been the last stand for the Black and Gold Thursday night, as now at 5-7, the season that had been on the brink the last few weeks now looks like it’s basically over.

The team now only suffered a tough two-point loss, but they also will come back home with a number of injuries, and a number of them are starters.

First there’s the injury to rookie RB Le’Veon Bell, who went down in a heap late in the game when it appeared he scored the game-tying TD.

The team said that Bell suffered a concussion, and will have to go through the proper tests to be able to return to the team.

DE Brett Keisel left the game with a left foot injury, this after he was just coming back off the injury after missing two games.

G Kelvin Beachum was part of the walking wounded late in the game, as he suffered a knee injury, and then his replacement Mike Adams suffered an ankle injury.

On the play before the Steelers touchdown to make it 22-20, Fernando Velasco got rolled up and suffered an ankle injury, and even David DeCastro suffered a foot injury.

Despite all the issues with injuries on the line, the Ravens didn’t get to Ben Roethlisberger, ending their streak of at least one sack in 22 straight games.

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.

3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Dave B.

    November 29, 2013 at 6:40 am

    Stick a fork in the 2013 Steelers , they are officially done . One observation on defense . Ike Taylor , Troy Polamalu , and Ryan Clark all need to go bye bye . Three guys that have played together for a decade cant cover down the field any longer and at times look completely lost . Troys free lancing style once won games for the Steelers , now it is killing them . Now instead of helping in pass coverage , he is out of position and not where he’s supposed to be . End result , his age has caught up with him and hes hurting his team . Ike Taylor is going through the same thing . Once , teams through away from him . Now hes a target because he cant cover down the field and opposing QB’s have figured it out . Its sad but it happens , now the Steelers have to figure out how they’re going to replace three veterans in their secondary .

  2. Jalen

    November 29, 2013 at 10:42 am

    I agree Dave. The Eagles gutted their secondary last year and are now getting better performances from mid-level free agents (Williams and Fletcher, Chung) and have rejuvenated Nate allen and have a young Earl Wolff who is a rookie fifth rounder (not an Eagles fan just live in the area). SO I don’t want to hear that it’s too difficult of a rebuilding task to replace your entire or three fourths of your secondary. Philly not great but they all rally around Kelly and are in better position that we currently are. Plus, if we suck in secondary next year after having gutted everyone sans Gay (can’t believe I’m saying that) and Allen, then I can live with that because, quite frankly, there will be a good reason to suck. Now, Troy, Ryan and Ike are relatively high profile players who shouldn’t suck but they do. PLus, on top of that, you cut Ike’s, Ryan’s and Troy’s salaries off the books (cap penalties notwithstanding) and voila, suddenly you have lots and lots of freed up cap space. ON top of that, Keiesel’s departure will free up even more cap space. On top of that, bye, bye Woodley—I know all the Pittsburgh sports radio geniuses poo-poo the idea that Worilds can replace Lamarr but I say otherwise. Woodley has now been out three years in a row at this time of year and is approaching thirty, ergo his trade value will, most likely, never be higher (again, cap penalties notwithstanding). Then suddenly Chris carter gives you some depth—whether its quality or not remains in question—and you can either draft a LB in later rounds or sign a mid-level LB in free agency relatively cheap. Woodley is useless to this team if he is not on the field. Steelers waited too long to part ways with Aaron Smith for the same reasons. Our defense sucks plain and simple. DOn’t look nobody rallying around LeBeau anymore-his message has become, for the past few years, stagnant and tired. Even during the winning streak, which was a cock tease, the defense, although played better than the abomination that was the first half of the season, still showed serious lapses in the secondary (2nd quarter against Detroit, Ike Taylor against Cleveland). The offensive line has played better but still can’t walk and chew bubble gum at same time. They can either run block OR pass block…Like those commercials, I like the AND! Why can;t they do both successfully throughout a game?!?! Beachum has played out of his mind but I still contend, strongly contend, that LT should be the priority in round one…Beachum will not have same success with his physical dimensions for an entire 16 game season. Collinsworth was wrong last night when he said you don’t have to be 6’8″ with long arms to play LT in NFL. Look around Chris, Gross in Carolina is the shortest starting LT at 6’4″ and Jason Peters in 6’4″ but goes about 330 lbs! Duan Brown is 6’4″ but was a first round pick and also goes about 320 lbs. Point is, over the long haul, Beachum’s disadvantageous height (6’3″ and weight 305) will get taken advantage of! I think there needs to be a LT in round 1, an interior D-Lineman (NT) in round 2, a CB In round three and a red zone weapon in round 4 and more DB’s to finish out the draft. Without BB, this team would be looking at a top three pick! yeah, let’s trade him! I said that last month on here for his sake because he was getting killed and a quality caliber QB like him deserved better than to play for a franchise that couldn’t protect him or put points on the board. Again, I don’t know anything about six super bowls, if they happened yesterday, then they didn’t happen at all! Where our trophy this year so I can file it away and root for another trophy next year.. any fan who thinks otherwise, soft, soft, soft!

    • Dave B.

      November 30, 2013 at 9:43 am

      Jalen , youre dead on the money with Ben . Ive said for years going all the way back to 2008 that its LUDICROUS to sink a hundred million dollars in your franchise quarterback and then turn around and put him behind the worst offensive line in football for the last five or six years . Bottom line , its dumb , and makes no sense . Then you have all the arm chair guys screaming get rid of Ben . Really ? Are you serious ? If this team lost Roethlisberger they would be no better than a four or five win team , at best . This team went from 1980 to 2005 without a Super Bowl victory . Ben has brought two Vince Lombardi’s to Pittsburgh in the last eight years . How quickly , we forget .

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