The Steelers got off to a slow start, but went on to beat the Buffalo Bills 38-7 in the team’s third preseason game.
The Steelers’ starters struggled in the first quarter, and Buffalo actually led 7-0 at the start of the 2nd quarter. The Steelers were only able to convert one 3rd down in the entire first quarter. But Isaace Redman scored a touchdown for the Steelers halfway through the 2nd quarter to tie the game, and then Antonio Brown scored another touchdown just before the half, and the Steelers never looked back from there.
Byron Leftwich threw a 39 yard touchdown to Antonio Brown on the Steelers first play of the second half. Leftwich tossed another TD to Derrick Williams early in the 4th quarter. Daniel Hrapmann kicked a 40 yard field goal to put the Steelers up 31-7. And then Chris Rainey made a 41 yard touchdown run to put the final nail in the coffin.
On defense, Troy Polamalu and Robert Golden each got an interception, and Chris Carter and Corbin Bryant each contributed a sack. Lawrence Timmons also forced a fumble that was recovered by Ziggy Hood.
But all of the news from the game wasn’t good. In fact, some of it was terrible. First round draft pick David DeCastro left the game with a right knee injury. He was scheduled to get an MRI following the game, but Mike Tomlin’s description of the injury was that it was “potentially serious”.
I’ve been following Coach Tomlin long enough to be fairly good at interpreting his comments. My gut tells me that when Tomlin says that DeCastro’s injury is “potentially serious”, what he really means is that the kid is likely out for the rest of the season.
There are no medical reports to confirm that, but Tomlin is known for having a gift for understatement. So when he says that an injury is “potentially serious”, fans shouldn’t expect to see that player again until next season.
Most of the Steelers players who were asked about DeCastro’s injury said that it didn’t look good.
I guess we’ll all have to wait until tomorrow to hear the results of the MRI, and to see just how serious the injury really is.