By Anthony Caruso III
The Capital Sports Report
Owner/Managing Editor/Sr. Writer
The Pittsburgh Steelers came into this season without James Harrison with their defense.
Harrison, who was released in the off-season, signed with the Steelers rival in the Cincinnati Bengals. Now, the Steelers are without another key linebacker, who was a key player on the Steel Curtain defense in recent years.
Inside linebacker Larry Foote will not play another game this season, as he was injured in today’s Week 1 loss to the Tennessee Titans. He will miss the rest of the season with a torn bicep.
This is another tough blow to the Steelers defense. Now, they will likely have to go with sixth-round pick Vince Williams next to Lawrence Timmons. They will definitely look at free agents, but it is not clear who they may sign.
Foote, who re-signed with the Steelers this off-season, to a three-year deal worth $5.5 million and is on the down side of his career at 34-years-old. Foote had 8 tackles in the game, before getting hurt.
Foote has played nearly his entire career with the Steelers. He only played the 2009 season with the Detroit Lions, before coming back to the Steelers.
This is the second time in his career that he has played fewer than 10 games in a season. He played in 6 games as a rookie in 2002.
The Steelers also lost center Maurkice Pouncey to a year-ending injury in this game, as well.