Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey and longtime inside linebacker Larry Foote both suffered injuries Sunday that will require season-ending surgery.
Pouncey suffered a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee during the Steelers’ opening possession of the game while Foote sustained a ruptured biceps later in the 16-9 loss to the Titans. Pouncey was blocking on a run play when teammate and right guard David DeCastro dove directly into his lower leg.
Pouncey is arguably the top center in the NFL, and has been a fixture at the position where the Steelers have produced such greats as Mike Webster and Dermontti Dawson.
The Steelers will now hit the road looking to avoid an 0-2 start, as they’ll take on the Bengals in a Monday Night Football showdown that will have a playoff-feel to it.