There is a reason why absolutely nobody likes pre-season, it's because all the big names play a maximum of one quarter before undrafted nobodies take the field.
The Steelers decided to sit a swarm of starters in the Hall of Fame game last night, including quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, running back Le'Veon Bell, wideouts Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton and Martavis Bryant and pass rusher Jarvis Jones, which all led to an incredibly dull loss to the Minnesota Vikings.
Despite about 10 starters all not suiting up for the game, the Steelers still managed to potentially one key player to injury.
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Suisham's Knee Knock
According to a report from Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Steelers kicker Shaun Suisham suffered a serious looking knee injury during the game last night.
On a day when Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was trying to keep every one as injury free as possible, Suisham launched himself into a pretty unnecessary tackle, causing a knee injury that forced him out for the rest of the game.
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Suisham, who had a career-best 132 points in 2014, injured his left knee on the play. Suisham limped to the locker room and did not return after helping to make the tackle on the kickoff.
Suisham has some decent size for a kicker, checking in at 6-feet tall and weighing over 200 pounds, the former hockey player is never one to shy away from contact, which has proved his downfall.
Unfortunately for the Steelers, Suisham wasn't the only player to get hurt in the second half.
Running back Cameron Stingily, who had 11 carries for 18 yards in the first half, injured his right knee in the third quarter and did not return. Tomlin termed his injury “potentially serious,” as well. Whilst Stingily is only the third choice back, he may well be needed in the first two games of the season, for which Le'Veon Bell is suspended.