EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Injuries were an issue for the Pittsburgh Steelers even before kickoff Sunday, and they may have cost the team two more players for the rest of the season.
Levi Brown, acquired recently from the Arizona Cardinals to help shore up the left tackle position, hurt his right triceps during pre-game warm-up, and he was unable to play in the Steelers’ 19-6 win over the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium.
Kelvin Beachum had been slated to start at left tackle even before Brown got hurt, but the latter was expected to push for the starting job as he got more comfortable with the Steelers' offense.
Brown missed the 2012 season with a torn right triceps, and the Steelers have to hope he did not sustain the same injury though coach Mike Tomlin acknowledged that it is “potentially serious.”
Tight end David Johnson sustained a serious injury early in the game, one that is expected to end his season. Johnson said he dislocated his left wrist, and the injury that will require surgery also chips away at the Steelers’ depth at tight end.
Johnson, who has caught four passes for 70 yards, missed all of last season with a torn ACL.
Starting defensive end Brett Keisel sustained a rib injury that sidelined him for most of the second half.
But the 12th-year veteran said he will play next Sunday against the visiting Ravens. Tomlin said Keisel will probably just be limited in practice during the early part of the week.
“He should perk up towards the end of the week,” Tomlin said.