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    Top 10 teams benefiting from return of injured players



    Here is what it says about the Steelers:

    Pittsburgh Steelers

    Games missed: Guard [URL=""]David DeCastro[/URL] (12), offensive tackle [URL=""]Marcus Gilbert[/URL] (11), safety [URL=""]Troy Polamalu[/URL] (9), offensive tackle [URL=""]Mike Adams[/URL] (6), cornerback [URL=""]Ike Taylor[/URL] (4), quarterback [URL=""]Ben Roethlisberger[/URL] (3), linebacker [URL=""]LaMarr Woodley[/URL] (3), wide receiver [URL=""]Antonio Brown[/URL] (3)
    Analysis: If it seems like the [URL=""]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=""]Maurkice Pouncey[/URL] and guard [URL=""]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=""]Steelers[/URL] need their two most important defenders at full strength to regain control of the AFC North.

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    Interesting spin. I don't buy too much into it, because as the article did point out--when you field an aging roster, injuries are a big part of the equation. However, we did miss our '12 #1 pick all year. If he can hit the ground running, and Jones/Bell (this year's #1/#2) can make immediate gains... that will have a big impact on the team.


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