Recapping the damage from a regular season opener gone horribly wrong, it was one game and two starters that the Steelers lost against Tennessee.
The starters – center
“That’s going to happen in football regardless,” cornerback
“It’s tough, but we gotta move on. That’s just the nature of the business.”
The Steelers began dealing with injuries on Sunday, even prior to the opening kickoff against Tennessee.
Pouncey (MCL, ACL) and Foote (ruptured biceps) weren’t as fortunate. They’ll undergo surgeries that Coach Mike Tomlin assumed would end their seasons.
Pouncey was lost on the eighth offensive snap of the season. He became an inadvertent victim of friendly fire when guard
Foote left the game midway through the fourth quarter, following an 8-yard gain by Titans running back Chris Johnson.
Foote was replaced by
The Steelers also lost cornerback
“Terrible,” DeCastro assessed. “It can’t get much worse, but the only way to go is up. We gotta get back as a team and as a unit (the offensive line). We gotta get back together and be on the same page. You gotta come back and be stronger.”
The Steelers’ ability to piece things back together with whatever components are available to them will be tested during a visit to Cincinnati on Sept. 16.
“We just have to treat it like another game,” DeCastro said. “We just gotta do the things we always do, and no one try to do too much. Everyone just do their job, and we’ll be just fine.
“It’s obviously tough losing Maurkice, that doesn’t need to be said. He’s our leader and that stinks, but you can’t make excuses. We gotta have the next guy up step up and we gotta go. We got a whole season to play.”
In losing Foote, the Steelers lost their defensive signal-caller as well as the starter inside alongside
“Lawrence does a great job of calling (plays) and setting the defense up, as well,” rookie outside linebacker
Added veteran defensive end