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Steelers 38, Bills 7: Several Defenders Return To Action

Buffalo Bills defensive end Mark Anderson. Mark Konezny-US PRESSWIRE
Buffalo Bills defensive end Mark Anderson. Mark Konezny-US PRESSWIRE
Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

The Pittsburgh Steelers lost guard David DeCastro for a significant amount of time during the first half of their game against the Buffalo Bills. Fortunately for the Bills, they haven't had any long-term injuries impact their team to this point in the preseason.

The biggest scare of the night came when starting cornerback Stephon Gilmore left the game in the second quarter with a leg injury and did not return. It turned out to be cramping and since the starters were done by the time Gilmore was ready to go back in, he was held out for the rest of the game.

Justin Rogers was able to return against the Steelers in a limited capacity and fellow cornerback Terrence McGee got burned for a touchdown on his first play of the preseason. He's still getting used to the speed of the game following his return from a knee injury. he is still unsure if he'll be able to play meaningful snaps by the season opener.

"I can’t say with this thing," McGee told "I figured I would be back (full go) at OTA’s. I’m trying to see and position myself every two weeks."

Center Eric Wood is returning from ACL surgery and doubled his snap count from 10 to 20 plays between the second and third games. His knee has continued to hold up but the same can't be said for fellow OL Erik Pears' groin injury, which kept him inactive for the game. Chris Hairston took the first team reps in his place. The timeline for Pears' injury has long since come-and-gone and must be concerning for the coaching staff.

Tight end Mike Caussin was placed on the active/PUP list, meaning he won't be eligible to play until at least week 7 of the regular season. He does not count against the roster numbers until that time. Running back Johnny White was a late addition to the team's roster for the game after initially being called a scratch. His nagging ankle injury has likely cost him his spot on the roster to Tashard Choice though he hasn't missed a game this preseason.

In addition to Pears, defensive end Mark Anderson was inactive for the game. There has been no update on his status but he did not practice all of last week.