Steelers offensive linemen banged up again
The Steelers came out of their 35-3 win over the Raiders in relatively good health.
The game did take its toll on the unit that has been hit hardest with injuries this season.
Center Maurkice Pouncey (knee contusion), left guard Chris Kemoeatu (cramps) and left tackle Jonathan Scott (ankle) all missed part of yesterday's game because of injuries.
The good news for the Steelers is none of the injuries appears to be serious, and Pouncey said it is unlikely he will need an MRI to assess any damage to his left knee.
The injuries, while minor, did force the Steelers to do some shuffling along the offensive line, which has become a weekly ritual.
At one point yesterday, the Steelers had Trai Essex at left guard, Ramon Foster at right guard and Doug Legursky at center.
Foster started in place of Essex yesterday at right guard, and coach Mike Tomlin said his decision at that position was not dictated by injuries.
"Trai was below the line," Tomlin said. "We'll assess (Foster's) work and proceed from there. We need winning performances from everybody."
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