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Steelers notebook: Injuries mount as Thomas, Woodley leave game

| Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, 7:24 p.m.

Injuries forced several Steelers out of action.

Guard Ramon Foster and rookie safety Shamarko Thomas suffered ankle injuries. Linebacker LaMarr Woodley left in the third quarter with a calf injury but said he expects to play Sunday against the Lions.

Thomas sprained his left ankle while trying to tackle Stevie Johnson on a 23-yard completion. Thomas appeared to get his foot stuck in the turf. He did not return and was replaced in the dime package by Will Allen.

Foster hobbled off the field with a right ankle injury with 11:10 left in the third quarter and was replaced Guy Whimper. Woodley's injury forced right outside linebacker Jason Worilds to left outside linebacker, while first-round draft pick Jarvis Jones recorded his first career sack after replacing Worilds.

Cornerback Ike Taylor left the game midway through the third but returned. A week ago, he was forced out at New England with a concussion.

Brown finishes with a flurry

Coach Mike Tomlin challenged receiver Antonio Brown last week. The ridicule didn't seem to inspire Brown early, but he finished with six receptions for 104 yards and had a 50-yard punt return.

Brown, who entered the game as the league's leading receiver, didn't get his first reception until there was 2:34 remaining in the second quarter.

Dwyer energizes ground game

Running back Jonathan Dwyer continues to provide a spark in the ground game.

“I'm just trying to make everyone regret not picking me up when I got cut,” said Dwyer, who finished with six carries for 38 yards. “I'm just motivated to do whatever I have to.”

Still haunted by penalties

The Steelers' secondary has committed four pass-interference penalties in the past two games. Cornerbacks Cortez Allen and William Gay were penalized in the first half. Also, rookie Jarvis Jones was flagged with an unnecessary roughness penalty on the opening kickoff of the second half after Marquis Goodwin returned the ball to the Buffalo 13. Nose tackle Steve McLendon also was penalized for unnecessary roughness.

Quick hits

In 10 straight possessions, Buffalo punted or committed a turnover. ... Steelers tight end Michael Palmer recorded his first reception this season. ... Emmanuel Sanders' 25-yard run was the longest by a Steelers receiver since Cedrick Wilson's 37-yard run against Cleveland on Sept. 9, 2007.

Ralph N. Paulk is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at or via Twitter @RalphPaulk_Trib.

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