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Shazier Injury, Dirty Hits Cast Dark Shadow over Steelers' MNF Win vs. Bengals

But what happened Monday night to Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier went beyond the scoreboard, the playoff race and even the sport in a game that still had over three quarters remaining.

Early in the first quarter of a game the Steelers won 23-20 against the Cincinnati Bengals , Shazier lunged forward to make a tackle after Andy Dalton completed a checkdown pass to wide receiver Josh Malone.

It was a drive with three personal fouls, including a flag on Bengals safety George Iloka, who launched himself head-first at Antonio Brown as the Steelers wide receiver hauled in a six-yard touchdown catch.

From a football perspective, Shazier is the athletically gifted soul of a Steelers defense that came into Week 13 ranked fourth in points allowed with 17.5 per game.

An extended absence by Shazier would put a serious dent in the Steelers' championship aspirations, starting with their ability to gain home-field advantage as they eye a Week 15 heavyweight showdown against the New England Patriots .

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