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Pittsburgh Steelers Release Concerning Injury Report

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PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 27: T.J. Watt #90 of the Pittsburgh Steelers in action during the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Heinz Field on December 27, 2020 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

Just a few days ago, the Pittsburgh Steelers suffered an embarrassing defeat at the hands of AFC North rival Cincinnati.

The Bengals dominated the Steelers from the opening whistle and cruised to a 24-10 victory. Pittsburgh couldn't get anything going offensively - which is nothing new for fans that have followed the team recently.

The bigger story, however, was how bad the defense was. Without star pass rusher T.J. Watt and fellow starter Alex Highsmith on the field, the Steelers defense was a shell of its former self.

When the Steelers released the team's injury report, the biggest names on the team were all there. Thankfully, both Watt and Highsmith were back at practice on Wednesday afternoon.

While Watt and Highsmith return to practice, wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger did not.

Starting offensive lineman Chukwuma Okarafor also missed practice after suffering a concussion against the Bengals.

It's a devastating injury report for the Steelers, especially considering their next opponent. If Watt and Highsmith aren't able to get healthy in time, the Pittsburgh defense will be in for a long day against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.

Likewise, if Big Ben and JuJu continue to miss practice, the offense will only continue to struggle.

After a 1-2 start to the season, things could go south in a hurry for the Steelers.