Over the past couple of years, the Pittsburgh Steelers seem to have been getting the short end of the stick. In 2011, the team finished with a 12-4 record, yet they still had to go on the road and play a wild card playoff game which they loss. The following season, Pittsburgh was plagued with numerous injuries and finished the year with an 8-8 record while missing the postseason.
Fast-forward to 2013. The Steelers entered this year with Pro Bowl tight end Heath Miller recovering from a torn ACL. Later on during training camp, Pittsburgh’s backfield was bitten by the injury bug along with three of their pass catchers. Wide receiver Plaxico Burress, and tight ends Matt Spaeth and David Johnson all were put on the injured reserve list. Spaeth is the one player the Steelers have that’s on their injured reserve/designated to return list.
Once the regular season started, the misfortune continued with center Maurkice Pouncey, linebacker Larry Foote and running back LaRod Stephens-Howling all suffering season-ending injuries in Week 1. These three casualties are a big reason why Pittsburgh’s running game and run defense has stunk thus far.
And just when Steeler Nation thought it couldn’t get worse, newly-acquired left tackle Levi Brown was sidelined for the year with a triceps injury that happened in warmups prior to their Week 6 victory over the New York Jets. The only good thing that came out of Brown’s injury is that Pittsburgh doesn’t have to give up a draft pick to the Arizona Cardinals since Brown is now on IR.
The 0-4 start is bad enough news for Steeler Nation. Having all of this salt poured into the wound only makes it rougher to stay optimistic. However, despite the string of bad luck in the recent years, and being last in the AFC North, Pittsburgh still appears to have a fighting chance to make things happen in 2013. Their margin of error is very slim, but just maybe the Steelers can find that good luck charm.
Clyde A. Speller is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ClydeASpeller, or add him to your network on Google+