Following their unlikely 18-16 victory of the Cincinnati Bengals last weekend, the Pittsburgh Steelers are working through a number of injuries to key players entering their Division Round matchup at the Denver Broncos this Sunday:
QB Ben Roethlisberger – Michael Silver of Sports Illustrated reports that Roethlisberger sustained a separated shoulder against the Bengals, and will attempt to play against the Broncos. Roethlisberger missed portions of the Bengals game, and in his absence, back-up Landry Jones went 2-for-5 with an interception. With 3,713 passing yards in sixteen career playoff games, Roethlisberger has the 12th-most postseason passing yards in league history.
WR Antonio Brown – Bob Holtzman of ESPN reports that Brown is unlikely to play in the game due to a concussion. Brown sustained the injury in the closing minutes of the game off of a hit from Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict. Burfict has already been suspended for the first three games of the 2016 NFL season due to the hit and a number of other unsafe plays against the Steelers.
RB DeAngelo Williams – NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport says that it is also unlikely that Williams will return for the Steelers against Denver. Williams finished the 2015 season tied for the most rushing touchdowns, with eleven, even though he was projected to be a backup for Le’Veon Bell this season. With both Bell and Williams out against the Bengals, Fitzgerald Toussaint and Jordan Todman combined for 123 rushing yards on 28 carries.