Here we are at the end of the first quarter of the NFL regular season, and the Pittsburgh Steelers, despite a rocky and painful start, are fortunate enough to have a record of 2-2. The reason for the Steelers’ unexpected sluggish start out of the gate is due to a number of significant injuries to key players that has dated back to the offseason.
Having Pro Bowlers James Harrison and Troy Polamalu sidelined virtually for the entire part of the first four games has had an ill affect on Pittsburgh’s production on defense. On the other side of the ball, injuries to running back Rashard Mendenhall and rookie guard David DeCastro instantly slowed down the Steelers’ rushing attack, which had them ranked second-to-last in the league before Mendenhall’s return to the starting lineup this past weekend.
Even with the rough start, Pittsburgh does have a few players that have shined and given Steeler Nation reason to believe that a division championship and a playoff berth is still within reach.