During the game in Buffalo, the Steelers’ depth at defensive line and cornerback was tested by injuries to Nick Eason and Bryant McFadden.
Eason sprained his MCL, and McFadden injured a hamstring. Neither on was able to return to the game, and Coach Mike Tomlin didn’t have a prognosis on either player in the postgame. When players sustain injuries of that nature and are unable to continue, it’s rare for them to be able to come back and play the following week.
Also, Ben Roethlisberger sprained his right foot at some point late in the first half, but he was able to finish out the game. With the injury, Roethlisberger was able to scramble for 18 yards to convert a third-and-16.
Early in the week, Tomlin had some doubts about Antonio Brown’s potential availability, but he seemed to be confident about Brett Keisel’s.
Brown had some swelling in his knee, and after he was unable to practice either Wednesday or Thursday, he was declared out of the game on Friday. Keisel practiced throughout the week, but then he was added to the injury report on Friday and listed as questionable with a calf injury.
Matt Spaeth missed Wednesday’s practice with a concussion, and then after taking part on Thursday he was back on the sideline on Friday and was listed as doubtful for the game.
Brown, Keisel and Spaeth all were inactive, along with Jonathan Dwyer, Crezdon Butler, Chris Scott and Aaron Smith.