Originally posted on The Rap Sheet  |  Last updated 10/24/11
While the Patriots are enjoying the benefits of their bye week, the Steelers have a number of players banged up leading into Sunday’s matchup in Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has the rundown on the various ailments: –Defensive end Aaron Smith has been placed on injured reserve for the third straight season. The 35-year-old had missed time with a sprained foot. While out with that injury, it was discovered that Smith had a neck injury that will require surgery. Smith has been replaced by Ziggy Hood, the Steelers’ first round pick in the 2009 draft. –Ben Roethlisberger seems to get dinged up weekly and yesterday’s 32-20 win over the Cardinals was no exception. The quarterback’s left knee was bent backward in the fourth quarter, but he remained in the game. The Post-Gazette reported that Roethlisberger was limping around the locker room with ice on his knee after the game and is scheduled for more tests today. Roethlisberger already had been playing through a foot injury. It...
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