Two of the most important defensive players in the divisional showdown between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals had to leave the game with injuries, as Ike Taylor might miss significant time with an ankle injury, and Terrell Suggs has an undisclosed arm injury.
Taylor was hurt in the first quarter of the game and was seen later in a walking boot on the Pittsburgh sideline. He'll receive an MRI Monday to determine the severity of the injury. Taylor is the team's top corner, and his replacement, Cortez Allen, is a second-year player out of The Citadel with relatively little NFL experience. Although the Steelers' defense handled Joe Flacco after Taylor's exit, much of Flacco's success came on throws to Allen's side. It's feared Taylor's injury could cause him to miss several weeks.
Suggs left the game in the fourth quarter, favoring his right arm. No comment was given about the extent of Suggs' injury after the game. The reigning defensive player of the year missed six games earlier this year while recovering from a torn Achilles tendon. His absence was noted as the Steelers scored 10 points in the game's final quarter to win 23-20.