Injuries Will Make It Tough for Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 15

By Clyde A. Speller
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All of Steeler Nation should be use to the rash of injuries that has plagued the Pittsburgh Steelers this season. Here are some more that can be added to the list. Offensive lineman Willie Colon aggravated a left knee injury in Sunday’s loss, had surgery yesterday and is expected to miss the Week 15 battle against the Dallas Cowboysplus, possibly the rest of the season.

In addition to Colon’s injury, cornerback Cortez Allen is expected to miss this Sunday’s game with a hip flexor. Allen replaced starting cornerback Ike Taylor last week. Taylor also won’t be able to play versus the Cowboys due to a hairline fracture in his right ankle.

The Steelers are considering starting rookie David DeCastro at right guard and sliding Ramon Foster to left guard. This move will keep Maurkice Pouncey at center, which is a good idea considering the fact that Dallas’ four-time Pro Bowl nose tackle Jay Ratliff will be lined up right over the ball.

Another thing that Pittsburgh will have to figure out is who will start in place of the ailing Allen. Pittsburgh’s other cornerbacks struggled last week defending the pass. Although only 200 yards were thrown against them, they surrendered three touchdown passes.

Hopefully, this potential change on the offensive line will not only help improve Pittsburgh’s pass protection, but also help open up their inconsistent running game versus Dallas’s 16th ranked run defense.

As for the Steelers’ secondary, they will have to find a way to vastly improve in defending the pass or Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will be in for a big day at Cowboys Stadium.

Last week’s defeat has made this game very critical for the Steelers. Even though this isn’t an AFC opponent the Steelers will be facing, the injuries on both sides of the ball will make it more difficult against a Cowboys team that has won four of their last five games.

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