Found December 21, 2012 on SteelBlitz Steelers Blog:
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The Pittsburgh Steelers’ secondary has been targeted early and often the last two weeks in the absence of Ike Taylor. When Taylor went down injured against the Baltimore Ravens it was just another in a long line of crucial injuries the Steelers have suffered during the 2012 season. When Cortez Allen went down injured a week later it made things even worse. Keenan Lewis is also battling an injury, but is expected to play despite not practicing two of the last three days and only practicing on a limited basis Thursday. Lewis re-injured his hip last Sunday against the Cowboys and did everything in his power to stay in the game, but ultimately left the game and did not return. This week Cortez Allen will be back and Lewis will be starting alongside him as long as neither player suffers a set-back. If Lewis is able to start he will be shadowing AJ Green Sunday. Green is the main play-maker for the Cincinnati Bengals offense and has over 1200 yards receiving this season. However, in the first match-up between these two teams he was held to one catch for eight yards by Ike Taylor. If Lewis can have similar success on Sunday and lock-down Green he will be helping his team and himself in a big way. The Steelers have to win Sunday to stay alive in the playoff race. A loss would mathematically eliminate them from playoff contention and all-but end their season. A win, on the other hand, would put them just one more win (in week 17 against the Browns) away from the playoffs. For Lewis this could be the big game he needs to get paid in the off-season. So far during the 2012 season Lewis is having a very good season. He will be a free agent after this year and could use a statement game. Shutting down AJ Green would be just that. With the 2013 corner-back free agent class not looking too strong this could be a big game for Lewis. If he can distinguish himself he may become the most sought after young corner on the free agent market this off-season. The Steelers have a couple of big name players hitting free agency this off-season in Casey Hampton, Rashard Mendenhall and Mike Wallace, but Keenan Lewis may be the most important player to resign. Especially with Ike Taylor getting older and Cortez Allen as the only other legitimate corner on the roster.   The post A Big Game from Keenan Lewis Could be Huge for Him and the Pittsburgh Steelers appeared first on SteelBlitz.
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