The Pittsburgh Steelers suffered several injuries on the defensive side of the football Sunday night in their 43-23 win over the Baltimore Ravens and a few players could wind up missing extended time as a result of them.
During his post game press conference, head coach Mike Tomlin listed linebacker Ryan Shazier (ankle), safety Troy Polamalu (knee) and safety Shamarko Thomas (hamstring) as being injured in the Sunday night game.
Shazier, who suffered a right ankle injury in the first half, was in a walking boot after the game. The Steelers first round draft pick has already missed four games this season with a knee injury and it looks as if he might be primed to miss a fifth next Sunday.
As for Polamalu, Tomlin would only call his injury a left knee sprain after the game. Polamalu was injured right before halftime and he did not play in the second half. Up until Sunday night’s game, Polamalu had played every defensive snap for the Steelers this season.
Tomlin indicated that Thomas suffered a hamstring injury Sunday night.
“I think its a different hamstring from the one he had about a month ago or so,” said Tomlin.
It should be noted that cornerback Brice McCain limped off of the field late in the game with an injury as well. Tomlin, however, did not mention McCain after the game.