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Shaun Suisham Suffers Potentially Serious Injury

August 10, 2015
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Shaun Suisham Suffers Potentially Serious Injury

The Steelers and Vikings were hoping to escape Canton without any significant injuries, but Pittsburgh may be holding its breath on at least one key starter.

Kicker Shaun Suisham sustained a potentially serious knee injury trying to help make what appeared to be an unnecessary tackle on the second-half kickoff Sunday in the preseason-opening Hall of Fame Game against the Minnesota Vikings.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Suisham, who had a career-best 132 points in 2014, injured his left knee on the play. Suisham limped to the locker room and did not return after helping to make the tackle on the kickoff.

Suisham, a former junior hockey player, does not shy away from contact on kickoffs and prides himself on trying to make tackles.

When asked if Suisham needs to back off from being so aggressive, Tomlin said, “I hadn’t talked to him, so I’m not going to speculate.”

Though a kicker seems replaceable, the position has become more specialized over the years. Suisham’s directional kicking and experience kicking at the always-dangerous Heinz Field are hard to replace.

Also, running back Cameron Stingily, who had 11 carries for 18 yards in the first half, injured his right knee in the third quarter and did not return. Tomlin termed his injury “potentially serious,” as well.

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