The Pittsburgh Steelers are a team that is banged up beyond belief, to the point where if you see the names on the injury list, it looks almost like a JV team will be taking the field Sunday night against the Baltimore Ravens.
Looking at the list of injuries on both sides, this game could very well be dubbed the “Hospital Bowl.”
The biggest news is that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (shoulder, ribs) will be out indefinitely and that means veteran Byron Leftwich will get the first shot under center. But there will be plenty of other Steelers joining Big Ben in street clothes for this big AFC North matchup.
On the offensive side of the ball, both Marcus Gilbert (ankle) and Antonio Brown (ankle) will also be out of action Sunday.
In addition, Rashard Mendenhall (Achilles) went through a whole practice on Wednesday and is listed as questionable. But it is a good sign that he was able to go and we could see Mendenhall back on the field for the first time since Week 5.
Offensive tackle Max Starks (ankle) also missed practice on Wednesday, but I would be surprised if he isn’t able to go on Sunday.
On the defensive side of the ball, Troy Polamalu (calf) and Chris Carter (abdomen) will be out of action again, while Brett Keisel (shoulder) is questionable. Keisel missed practice Wednesday but should be good to go by Sunday.
Limited in practice on Wednesday were Curtis Brown (quad), Ike Taylor (illness) and Ryan Clark (concussion), although all three are on target to play on Sunday.
The Ravens have a big list on names on the injury report as well, so if any team shouldn’t be feeling bad for the Steelers injury situation it is the Ravens.