NFL injuries, AFC North: Injuries pile up for Steelers

Justin K. Aller

Little good news came from the four AFC North teams in Week 1.

The AFC North went winless in Week 1, but perhaps more important than all four teams losing out-of-division games is the long-term injury ramifications of each team's performance. Three of the four division teams escaped without suffering major injuries. The Pittsburgh Steelers did not.

In all, it appears the Steelers lost three significant players (and two starters) to season-ending injuries in a 16-9 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. Center Maurkice Pouncey tore the ACL and MCL in his knee four minutes into the game. Linebacker Larry Foote ruptured his biceps. Backup running back LaRod Stephens-Howling, who was likely to be a Week 2 starter, also tore his ACL.

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The Baltimore Ravens opened the season Thursday with a 49-27 loss to the Denver Broncos, and though they weren't spared the embarrassment of Peyton Manning's seven-touchdown performance in primetime, injuries didn't pile up quite like they did in Pittsburgh. The worst injury suffered was a sprained MCL to wide receiver Jacoby Joneswho is expected to be out for about four to six weeks.

Ravens right tackle Michael Oher suffered a sprained ankle in the game, but he's not expected to miss any playing time.

Both the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns avoided injuries in their losses. Cincinnati's only injury of note during its 24-21 road loss to the Chicago Bears was to linebacker Vontaze Burfict, who left the field a few times after nasty collisions with his knee. But he returned to the field after each injury, and he said after the game he was just bruised.

Cleveland Browns safety T.J. Ward left the game with a shoulder injury Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, and he is expected to undergo more thorough medical examination Monday to determine the extent of the injury, according to Brian Dullik of the Medina-Gazette.

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