Injuries continue to mount

The injury news coming out of the Steelers' win at Cincinnati isn't promising.

Another game, a couple of more injuries.

And yet the Pittsburgh Steelers keep on winning, beating the Bengals Sunday, 38-10

This time, it was Troy Polamalu and Bryant McFadden who were injured - on the same play.

McFadden may have suffered a broken arm - which would mean he could be done for the season - while Polamalu suffered a concussion.

Polamalu couldn't remember the play on which his concussion happened and had some amnesia. He'll have some tests on Monday to judge just how serious the problem is, but the Steelers may have to err on the side of caution with him given his past problems with concussions.

© Max Starks played well in place of Marvel Smith and it's something we may see for quite a while.

According to my sources, Smith could be out for an extended period of time.

I guess the Steelers' decision to put the transition tag on Starks doesn't look all that silly now, does it?

© James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley have already combined for 16 sacks, adding another four to their total Sunday.

And when the Bengals adjusted and started sliding their protection or keeping extra blockers in to handle Harrison and Woodley, the Steelers dropped them into coverage and sent Lawrence Timmons instead.

Timmons had two big sacks in the fourth quarter.

Woodley and Timmons have now combined for 10.5 sacks and are two difference makers the team has added to this defense this year.

That 2007 draft class doesn't look too bad, particularly when you add offensive lineman Darnell Stapleton to the mix as well.

© Mewelde Moore adds a dynamic to the Steelers offense as a receiver that Willie Parker doesn't have, but he's not Parker.

The way the Bengals played defense Sunday, Parker may have run for 200 yards against them.

That's no knock on Moore. He had a solid game.

But when Parker returns - probably next week against the Giants - he should get the bulk of the carries.

Moore can still be a factor on third downs and when the Steelers go into their two-minute offense, but Parker has to get 20 to 25 touches per game.

© The Steelers ran quite a bit of their no-huddle offense against the Bengals, so much so, in fact, that future opponents are going to have to spend a lot of time working on stopping it.

© Sunday wasn't Ben Roethlisberger's best game, particularly the first half. Roethlisberger had decent numbers in the first half, but they could have been much better.

He admitted he thought going into the game the Steelers could have scored 28 points in the first half - an uncommon admission by Roethlisberger.

Turns out, Roethlisberger was just off by a half.

© Hines Ward's block on rookie linebacker Keith Rivers broke Rivers' jaw and knocked some of his teeth out.

That's just plain nasty.

And it happened on the fourth play of the game, almost as if Ward was thumbing his nose at the NFL, which had fined him following each of the team's last two games for rough play.

Dale Lolley appears courtesy of the Observer-Reporter


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