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Injuries from Thursday night could greatly affect the Steelers and the AFC North race

The Pittsburgh Steelers are set to face the Browns in Cleveland this Sunday at 1 PM in the second of the two AFC North matchups in Week 11. On Thursday night, the Baltimore Ravens defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 34–20 to extend their lead in the AFC North.

But there was a lot more to this game than the score.

As is the case with every team in the NFL, injuries play a big factor each and every week. And from Thursday night’s game, there are injuries to both teams that will affect the Steelers down the stretch.

First off, the Steelers Week 12 opponent in the Cincinnati Bengals had several injuries during the game. The most significant one was to quarterback Joe Burrow who is reported to have a sprained wrist and could not come back into the game.

Even though the Bengals have a 10-day layoff until they host the Steelers, the extent of Burrow‘s injury is one that could keep him out weeks or potentially the season. Burrow is due to have an MRI on Friday where more may be known at that time. But with Burrow unable to grip the football on the sidelines, 10 days may not be enough to return.

Another injury for the Bengals was cornerback Cam Taylor-Britt who was knocked out of the game with a quad injury.

For those who may not be as familiar with Taylor-Britt, he is in his second season with the Bengals and was a second-round draft pick in 2022. Starting all 10 games for Cincinnati this season, Taylor-Britt has four interceptions with one returned for a touchdown.

UPDATE: Ian Rapoport is reporting Taylor-Britt is day-to-day with is quad injury,

Looking at the other side of the field, there was another injury to a key player on the Baltimore Ravens that will affect their Week 18 matchup with the Steelers. Tight end Mark Andrews suffered an ankle injury that will cost him the rest of the 2023 NFL season.

Andrews is a key piece to the Ravens’ offense as he has the second-most receiving yards for the season only behind rookie Zay Flowers. But with Andrews missing a game earlier this season, he has the highest receiving yards per game for the ravens at 54.4 yards. Additionally, Andrews has twice as many receiving touchdowns (6) as any other player on the Ravens.

Another player of note who dealt with injury throughout the game but was able to finish was Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson.

Having a quality 2023 season, many have been wondering if Jackson can stay healthy throughout an entire year based on his style of play. Although Jackson may be banged up from Thursday night, he has extra time to recover before Week 12 and Baltimore also has a bye in Week 13.

While discussing Ravens injuries, another player who was injured on Thursday night was wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

For now, the focus of the Pittsburgh Steelers should be solely on the Cleveland Browns and their Week 12 matchup. But for those looking around the rest of the AFC North, the most competitive division in the NFL at this time, key injuries can affect the outcome of individual games and, therefore, overall records.


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