The hits just keep on coming for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Though they are likely to get Troy Polamalu and Willie Parker back in the lineup this week, they have lost Aaron Smith, perhaps for the season, to a torn rotator cuff.
The star defensive end suffered the shoulder injury in the second half of the win against Detroit and was being evaluated Thursday.
Look for Travis Kirschke to step into the starting lineup this week against Cleveland, rotating with Nick Eason and rookie Ziggy Hood.
Hood's not quite ready to step into a starting role just yet, though he has gotten better at holding the point of attack.
They'll put the hard-sell on Hood and likely try to get him ready to take on a starting role coming out of the bye in a few weeks.
As for Smith, the Steelers can place him on injured reserve, thus ending his season, or they can keep him on the 53-man roster - ala Rod Woodson in 1995 - and hope that the surgery he has later this week will allow him to return in January.