Injuries to Ray Lewis, Lardarius Webb May Open Door for Pittsburgh Steelers in AFC North

By Clyde A. Speller

All season long, the Pittsburgh Steelers have had nothing but news regarding injuries. Now there is actually a possibility that the Steelers may benefit from the injury bug.

Yesterday, the division rival Baltimore Ravens suffered two major blows to their defense. In Baltimore’s 31-29 victory over the Dallas Cowboys, linebacker Ray Lewis and cornerback Lardarius Webb both exited the game with a torn triceps and a torn ACL, respectively.

Webb is hands-down Baltimore’s best cornerback and everyone knows that Lewis is arguably the best linebacker to ever play the game.

It’s already been confirmed that Webb’s ACL tear and Lewis’ triceps tear will keep them sidelined for the rest of the season.

With both Lewis and Webb out for the remainder of the season, the door is now open for any team to take the AFC North title. The Ravens’ next game is against the Houston Texans and both teams have a record of 5-1.

As for the Steelers, it seems like the football gods are giving them every chance in the world to get back on track. With the division rival Cincinnati Bengals up next for Pittsburgh, and the misfortune of the Ravens, everything looks to be set up for Ben Roethlisberger and company to make a move for the postseason.

Even though the door appears to be open, it won’t be easy going through it. In order for this to happen, the Steelers have to find a way to win on the road. In addition to ending their winless streak away from Heinz Field, players for Pittsburgh will have to step up and take on rolls left by injured players.

The status of Pittsburgh’s walking wounded isn’t known yet for Week 7. Safety Troy Polamalu and linebacker LaMarr Woodley both were held out of the Steelers’ last game, mainly because of a short week of recuperation for a Thursday night game. Hopefully Polamalu and Woodley will be ready for Sunday night’s battle in Cincinnati.

The same goes for running backs Rashard Mendenhall and Isaac Redman, offensive linemen Marcus Gilbert and Maurkice Pouncey and linebacker Chris Carter.

Let’s just hope that the Steelers can take full advantage of another team’s misfortune because opportunities like this in the NFL are hard to come by.

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