Week 20 Early Injury Reportby Mark Wimer, Exclusive to
Roethlisberger appeared to suffer a new, unspecified injury to his throwing hand/wrist (which was not an aggravation of his injured thumb) during the game vs. Indianapolis, but he stayed in the game and led his team to victory. The Steelers made no mention of his suspected injury after the game, claiming only minor injuries to Chidi Iwuoma and Dan Kreider, but Roethlisberger passed very sparingly during the final part of the game on Sunday. Although the game did dictate that the Steelers go conservative and protect the lead while running the clock. After the game, Roethlisberger dodged questions when asked if the arm kept him from throwing the ball in the 2nd half. Keep an eye on his status as the week goes along.
Alexander suffered a concussion early in the game on Saturday and did not return to action. However, the team indicated on Monday that he's been evaluated and is cleared to play in the NFC Championship game this week.
Foster suffered a broken ankle on Sunday and is out for the remainder of the playoffs. Nick Goings will step into the starting role (a job he handled well at the end of 2004), with Jamal Robertson likely to assume the backup/change-of-pace role.
Hoover appeared to get his bell rung on a hard hit during the game on Sunday, and was helped off the field. However, he returned to action shortly and isn't expected to miss time this week.
Kreider suffered a minor concussion during the game on Sunday, and spent some time on the sidelines recuperating before returning to the action. Right now, this looks like a fairly minor injury, although concussions can cause after-effects several days after they are first inflicted.
Darrell Jackson was sore and limping after the game, banged up in the jaw and back due to wicked hits during the game, and still nursing his repaired knee. However, he battled through the pain to post 9/143/1 on Saturday, and said after the game "I can get open anytime, anywhere, anytime, anyone." He's expected to play in the NFC Championship game.
Morgan missed the game on Sunday as expected (broken leg, out).
T Wayne Hunter was inactive on Saturday due to his injured ankle (listed as questionable on Friday). OT Walter Jones suffered a minor, unspecified injury during the game but returned to action after receiving treatment. He's expected to be fine for the NFC Championship game.
Kashama was inactive on Saturday due to his injured hamstring (he was listed as doubtful on Friday's injury report).
Peppers suffered a shoulder injury which sidelined him for the remaining action on Sunday - after the game he indicated that the shoulder would be fine and that there was "No doubt" that he would be in the NFC Championship game this week. He'll be evaluated further as the week goes along.
Harrison was inactive on Sunday due to his injured ankle (listed as doubtful on Friday).
Hill got dinged up on Saturday and took treatement on the sidelines, but returned to action and is expected to play in the NFC Championship game this week.
Morgan was said to have aggravated his shoulder injury during the game vs. Chicago, but he stayed in the action despite his pain. He's expected to play in the NFC Championship game this week.
Wilson reported no problems with his surgically repaired thumb after the game vs. New England.
Dyson suffered an unspecified minor injury during the game on Saturday, but returned to action and is expected to be available for the NFC Championship game.
Iwuoma suffered a slight shoulder injury during the game on Sunday - he's not expected to miss any time over the tweak, though.
Williams reported no problems with his now-healed groin injury after the game, indicating that he had the normal bumps and bruises as expected after a football game, but no other complaints.