Center Maurkice Pouncey left early in the first quarter with a knee injury. After the game, coach Mike Tomlin announced that Pouncey injured his ACL and MCL and is facing surgery. CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reports that the team is waiting on the results of an MRI but there is every expectation Pouncey will need season-ending surgery.
There’s more: Starting inside linebacker Larry Foote, who was forced from the game with an arm injury, suffered a ruptured biceps, and he, too, will need surgery.
Ouch. I don’t know about Foote, but, Pouncey and the ACL thing will take a some time. Could there be a plan for replacement?
What this means going forward: Kelvin Beachum, who entered Week 1 as the No. 1 backup at every offensive position, will assume the center duties. Kion Wilson, a former undrafted free agent who was a surprise to make the 53-man roster, replaced Foote on Sunday. Whether he’ll get the nod going forward remains to be seen.
Yikes. Will, the Steelers are going to have to get themselves together as the upcoming schedule is tougher than today. They have a good QB so it’s not like they have no hope. But, there’s only 16 games. You don’t have time to go into a deep hole and comeback.