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The Steelers were decimated by injuries on the defensive side of the ball against the Raiders on Sunday. Cornerback Joe Haden and inside linebacker Devin Bush both were ruled out with groin injuries. And then, All-Pro outside linebacker suffered a groin injury in the first half and didn't return to the game.
However, the biggest blow to the defense was nose tackle Tyson Alualu suffering a fractured ankle in the first quarter. Mike Tomlin said after the game that Alualu will be out for "an extended period of time."
According to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Alualu is having surgery tomorrow for his fractured ankle, and it's expected that he'll miss the remainder of the season.
However, Dale Lolley of DKPittsburghSports said a fractured ankle has a 6-8 week recovery time. Regardless, Alualu will be out for an extended period of time, which is big loss for the defense, who currently has defensive end Stephon Tuitt on injured reserve with a knee injury.
Alualu posted a picture of himself at the hospital last night with his wife and gave an update.
"Through the ups and downs, ITS ALWAYS LOVE 🤟🏽," Alualu wrote. "Truly Blessed with the greatest people around me. So Grateful for all the love, support and prayers sent this way. Im in high spirits because I trust God’s plan above everything. To my Family, Friends and Steeler Nation: I love you and will bounce back as soon as I can 🙏🏽💪🏾 #TrustGod#justwatch."