Steelers hit hard by injuries in opener
Updated On: Sep 08 2013 09:55:26 PM CDT
The Pittsburgh Steelers lost their season opener and several key players along the way Sunday.
Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey is out for the season with torn anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his right knee and running back LaRod Stephens-Howling also suffered a knee injury that could be season-ending.
Pittsburgh lost inside linebacker Larry Foote for the year, too. He went down with a torn biceps and will have surgery.
"Not an excuse," coach Mike Tomlin said. "We didn't play well enough. We didn't coach well enough. I won't accept it. This team better not accept it."
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert required 15 stitches after cutting his throwing hand on a defender's helmet. Gabbert, who missed most of preseason with a thumb injury incurred in a similar mishap, Aug. 17, said his thumb was fine. As for his hand and next week's game, Gabbert expects to be ready. Chad Henne replaced Gabbert after he was 16-of-35 passing for 121 yards with two interceptions.
"We'll see how it is tomorrow," Gabbert said. "It's another day to day thing, and we will see how it is and move on."
Miami Dolphins cornerback Dimitri Patterson had two interceptions at Cleveland in a 23-10 victory he couldn't finish because of a groin injury.
Buffalo Bills rookie return specialist Marqise Goodwin didn't play in the second half because of a hand injury.
Already depleted on defense, the New Orleans Saints lost two interior defensive linemen -- Brodrick Binkley and Tyrunn Walker -- to unspecified leg injuries in the first half. Coach Sean Payton said he had no update on their condition.
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