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September 30, 2008 - John Mehno

Monday night's Steelers game was not only long and sloppy, it was costly.

Kendall Simmons and Rashard Mendenhall are done for the season after sustaining injuries in the overtime win. Willie Parker should be back soon, but the Steelers are hurting for depth at running back and will be scanning the waiver wire and their file of unemployed backs. Don't expect much.

Simmons leaves an already-shaky line that's now gone two games without providing much protection for Ben Roethlisberger or much running room for the ball carriers. The Steelers still look like they're confused on offense. Maybe offensive coordinator Bruce Arians will stop by the press room again this week to volunteer another "blame me" storyline.

There's a lot of work to do, and a short week in which to get it done.

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