Notebook: Another kick in the gut
By: Mike BiresBeaver County Times
Monday November 23, 2009 12:05 AM
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Once again, the kickoff coverage unit let the Steelers down.
For the fourth time in the last five weeks, the Steelers have allowed an opposing return specialist to score.
In Sunday’s loss at Kansas City, it happened on the opening kickoff when Jamaal Charles, the Chiefs’ starting RB, scored on a 97-yard return.
“We better fix that problem,” said linebacker Keyaron Fox, one of the Steelers assigned to cover kicks. “We put our team in a bad situation today.
“I can’t say it’s the scheme,” Fox added, “because we had some guys get their hands on him.”
TAKE A KNEE
LG Chris Kemoeatu is the latest Steeler to go down with a knee injury. He left the game after the first series in the second half.
The injury didn’t seem serious as Kemoeatu walked around with an ice bag wrapped around his knee. But Tomlin said that Kemoeatu suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament, the same injury that sidelined SS Troy Polamalu for four games earlier this year. Polamalu missed Sunday’s loss in Kansas City with a sprain posterior cruciate ligament.
Kemoeatu’s place was taken by undrafted rookie Ramon Foster.
Also on the injury front, LT Max Starks had to leave the game briefly in the second half with an apparent lower leg injury. When Starks and Kemoeatu were both out, the Steelers were forced to use a make-shift offensive line.
Right guard Trai Essex moved to left tackle, Doug Legursky came off the bench and played right guard while Foster was playing left guard.