In an unfortunate turn of events, the Steelers were forced to place stalwart defensive end Aaron Smith, a longtime mainstay on the defensive line, on injured reserve, ending his season.
Smith, a nine-year veteran Pro Bowler who has never missed a game, sustained a torn biceps during Sunday's game against New England. To take his place on the 53-man roster, the Steelers activated rookie defensive end Ryan "Steely" McBean, a fourth-round pick from Oklahoma State University. McBean had been on the team's practice squad.
Smith's absence will hurt the Steelers. Badly. Especially against the run.
Unfortunately, the Jacksonville Jaguars, who visit the Steelers on Sunday, are first and foremost a running team, featuring breakaway threats Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew.