Key Players Injured in Washington Redskins Victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers

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Luckily for the Pittsburgh Steelers, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was able to escape their second preseason game unharmed. The veteran quarterback took multiple hits behind an offensive line that struggled in nearly every aspect of the game.

Unfortunately for Pittsburgh, the same cannot be said for rookie running back Le’Veon Bell. The 2013 second-round pick suffered a mid-foot sprain in Pittsburgh’s initial possession against the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football

All indications up to this point are that Bell could be able to go for the Steelers regular-season opener early next month. The only thing that could hold Bell back is the possibility that he suffered a Lisfranc injury in his foot. However unlikely that possibility is, Bell will undergo further testing today.

With Bell out of the mix early, Jonathan Dwyer shouldered the load on the ground for Pittsburgh. He put up 68 yards on 14 attempts.

With Robert Griffin III still sidelined from a torn ACL that he suffered in the playoffs this past January, the onus of running Washington’s offense this preseason has been placed on Kirk Cousins. Michigan State product was effective in limited action last season and will be a valuable backup, even with RGIII ready to go Week 1.

Cousins sprained his right foot in a scramble against Pittsburgh and left the game.

According to Albert Breer of NFL.com, Cousins suffered a mid-foot sprain as well. Much like what we saw with Bell’s injury, it appears that Cousins’ injury could force him from the remainder of the preseason.

Pro Football Talk reported on Monday that similar injuries have led to extended absences for several players in the past.

Mike Shanahan and Co. have to hold out hope that both RGIII and Cousins will be ready to go Week 1. If not, it could be “Sexy Rexy” time in the capital.

Starting Redskins’ defensive tackle Barry Cofield broke his right hand in the game as well. Indications are that the injury isn’t serious and that he should be back some time in the not-so-distant future.

Can we just start the regular season, now?

Thanks, Mr. Goodell.

 

Vincent is the head sports editor at eDraft, co-host of eDraft Sports Radio (which airs every Monday and Wednesday from 3-6 p.m. ET) and a fantasy writer for Pro Football Focus. He’s also the news director here at PFC and co-host of Football Debate Central with Ryan Riddle every Wednesday. He’s also a former league-wide featured columnist at Bleacher Report.