Top 10 teams benefiting from return of injured players
Here is what it says about the Steelers:
[B]Games missed:[/B] Guard [URL="http://www.nfl.com/player/daviddecastro/2533043/profile"]David DeCastro[/URL] (12), offensive tackle [URL="http://www.nfl.com/player/marcusgilbert/2508111/profile"]Marcus Gilbert[/URL] (11), safety [URL="http://www.nfl.com/player/troypolamalu/2505621/profile"]Troy Polamalu[/URL] (9), offensive tackle [URL="http://www.nfl.com/player/mikeadams/2532783/profile"]Mike Adams[/URL] (6), cornerback [URL="http://www.nfl.com/player/iketaylor/2505428/profile"]Ike Taylor[/URL] (4), quarterback [URL="http://www.nfl.com/player/benroethlisberger/2506109/profile"]Ben Roethlisberger[/URL] (3), linebacker [URL="http://www.nfl.com/player/lamarrwoodley/2507173/profile"]LaMarr Woodley[/URL] (3), wide receiver [URL="http://www.nfl.com/player/antoniobrown/2508061/profile"]Antonio Brown[/URL] (3)
[B]Analysis:[/B] If it seems like the [URL="http://www.nfl.com/teams/pittsburghsteelers/profile?team=PIT"]Steelers[/URL] lose an offensive lineman or their quarterback every time they're on television, you're not alone. The offensive line finally could be a team strength this season with recent early round picks DeCastro, Adams and Gilbert returning to join center [URL="http://www.nfl.com/player/maurkicepouncey/497042/profile"]Maurkice Pouncey[/URL] and guard [URL="http://www.nfl.com/player/ramonfoster/81821/profile"]Ramon Foster[/URL].
Pittsburgh gets knocked for fielding an aging defense, but the real problem with this strategy is that declining players are more prone to injury. Polamalu says he's in his best shape since his USC days after battling calf injuries the past two seasons. Woodley couldn't get to the quarterback after ankle and hamstring injuries early in the season. He's reportedly re-committed to having a career year. The [URL="http://www.nfl.com/teams/pittsburghsteelers/profile?team=PIT"]Steelers[/URL] need their two most important defenders at full strength to regain control of the AFC North.