Looks as though the always - to the point that it's a careworn cliche - underrated Aaron Smith suffered what could be a serious shoulder injury Sunday against Detroit. Just as the Steelers are set to welcome Troy Polamalu back to action this week against the Brownies, another, nearly as significant, cog in the defense could be looking at time out of the lineup. And that's just loverly.
As of now, how long his departure will be depends on tests being run today, but memories of Travis Kirschke's impact on the run defense late in 2007 will make the pleas to our maker for a minor injury to be that much more manic. Either that or Ziggy Hood could be getting a quick trial by fire. Certainly the decision to take him in the first round could be prove more prescient than we could have cared for.
Update: Looks like he's out until January. [/pulls an Owen Schmitt]