On Monday night, the Steelers lost right guard Kendall Simmons and running back Rashard Mendenhall for the season. Simmons tore his right achilles tendon and Mendenhall had his left shoulder shattered by a clean hit by Ray Lewis.
Earlier in the season, Willie Parker had gone down with a sprained knee. The Steelers are down to one healthy running back, Mewelde Moore, who didn’t impress this Turkey very strongly with his performance in the Ravens game. Furthermore, fullback Cary Davis also went down with an ankle injury, so the Steelers are down to former Nittany Lion Sean McHugh, who isn’t even listed on the depth chart at that position but played some fullback on Monday night. McHugh was signed as a third-string tight end.
Now, the Steelers have re-signed Najeh Davenport, who they had dumped, and they might bring back Gary Russell, a Minnesota product who played on the practice team.
Parker will not play against Jacksonville on Sunday and it is not known whether he’ll be ready to play Cincinnati on October 19. The bye week in between is fortunate, but it won’t heal Mendenhall and Simmons.
Try and pick up a starting right guard at this point in the season, willya?
It looks like the Steelers are in trouble, but when life is dealing lemons, guys like Tomlin make lemonade.