Aaron Smith out with shoulder injury

Steelers defensive end Aaron Smith, one of the unsung heroes in the team’s 3-4 defensive scheme, will be on the sidelines for a while.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Smith has a shoulder injury.  Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that it “potentially could be significant.”

Smith will be replaced by a committee approach; Tomlin said that first-round draft pick Ziggy Hood isn’t ready to take on the full-time duties.

An eleven-year veteran, Smith has been a fixture in the team’s 3-4 approach since 2000.

33 responses to “Aaron Smith out with shoulder injury

  1. This is a bigger hit than the Polamalu injury. Him out opens the running game to many teams including two division rivals who have been running the ball really well lately.
    And MIN is only two weeks aways.
    This will be crippling. Hopefully its nothing serious.

  2. Wow, this is a HUGE injury for them.
    Last time Aaron Smith went down for an extended period of time the Steelers D looked average. They were getting pushed around a bit in the running game, which never happens.
    Should be interesting to see how they do this time.

  3. Ouch … good thing we’ve got a little more depth on the D-line since he last went down in ’07. Hurry back Aaron.

  4. Is there anything more irritating than writing about Aaron Smith, only to submit it and get the dreaded “Comment Submission Error”? Something really needs to be done about that Mr Florio. You could stay logged into old PFT long enought to forget your password. And by the way, if I’m not logged in, why does it give me the reply window in the first place? And while I’m at it, bring back the rating system.
    Losing Aaron is a huge blow. Most underrated player on the team.

  5. that is absolutely TERRIBLE news.
    go outside, Florio, spin around three times and spit and then come back in, retract these words and pray to god you haven’t jinxed anything and made it worse.

  6. This is a big injury, although the Steelers do have some depth at the position. It’s a good thing they drafted Ziggy Hood.

  7. Losing Aaron “Aero” Smith definitely hurts the defense, but I don’t think its anywhere close to the Polamalu injury.
    Troy is good for a 3-7 point swing per game with the plays he makes on defense. Also, I think the drop off from Troy to Ty Carter is much greater than that of Smith to Ziggy Hood.
    Yes, this will be detrimental to the run D, but the return of Polamalu will also be a huge shot in the arm to the run D. He seems to find his way to the ball carrier on every run play against them.
    Hopefully this isn’t long term and the Steelers can get their defense healthy and ready to go for the “meat” of this season.

  8. I know Tomlin mentioned that Ziggy is “not ready for full time” and he will “go by commitee” at the DE position, But by the end of the game this week, Ziggy will prove he is a better starter then any of the Steelers backup DE’s. Ziggy works hard, has an endless motor, and he is an all around great kid. This is the reason they drafted Hood, to take over for Aaron smith in a couple seasons.
    They will be fine this time.

  9. Being what I consider to be a true football fan, I never wish injury on anyone.
    However, being a HUGE Vikings fan, I gotta admit, this could not have come at a better time. AP could have a MONSTER game now…….

  10. Ughtto…not good for the Steelers Defense. Go figure, the week we should HOPEFULLY be getting Troy back, we lose Aaron. Last time we lost this guy to a torn biceps our d-line didn’t look so hot. We’re going to need some people to step up, especially against Minnesota. I’m really hoping Ziggy steps up and plays fairly well. That would be comforting to see. Damn man…..just damn!

  11. Ditto on the Comment Submission Errors. The comment box isn’t supposed to appear if the user is not logged on yet it does. Then, after typing and submitting the comment, Comment Submission Error. PFT “remembers” my login for about 1 day max. The hamsters at old PFT “remembered” for months.

  12. lol!
    Another injury on the team’s only decent unit.
    They are struggling to beat the poor teams on that cream puff schedule of theirs. What’s gonna happen when they have to play the better teams in the NFL?
    Many more injuries like this and Zittsburgh won’t even be able to squeak by the crappy teams anymore, let alone beat any quality opponents…
    lol!

  13. This is a huge blow to the Steelers D , I think they have enough to cover till he is ready to go, I wish him a speedy recovery

  14. Twiz…don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched. There WILL be a scheme in place just for your boy AP. As one poster said above, Hood does have a constant motor, much like Smith, which is a plus. I’m really hoping that Hood comes out a plays great, I think he has the potential to do so. He had a solid pre-season, albeit against 2nd and 3rd stringers.
    Steeler-hater…the teams only decent unit???? The offense if running circles around the defense as of late. Hopefully that won’t be a continuing trend, and by saying that I don’t want the offense slowing down, we need the defense to catch up.

  15. Smith will be replaced by a committee approach; Tomlin said that first-round draft pick Ziggy Hood isn’t ready to take on the full-time duties.
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    I am just agreeing with what a couple of posters have already said.
    I think Tomlin’s “committee approach” is his way of not just handing the starting job to a rookie.
    The Steelers will miss Smith big time but Hood will get his big chance right now.

  16. That sucks! As a Viking fan,I want your best team on the field(Aaron and Troy) when we meet in week 7. A win over a good Steelers team in your house would shut up the “Vikings didn’t beat anyone yet” idiots,mainly the Pack fans.

  17. This is unfortunate. Yes, the last time Aaron went out the run D suffered. Hopefully, he won’t be out long.
    But, they won’t use the injury as an excuse. Others will have to step up. This will be a chance for Ziggy to get some playing time. And Troy will be back.

  18. Hood is a future player. He will not be helpful against the run. This news sucks. Hope he recovers ASAP.

  19. Vox’s Mommy says:
    October 13, 2009 2:39 PM
    Twiz…don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched. There WILL be a scheme in place just for your boy AP. As one poster said above, Hood does have a constant motor, much like Smith, which is a plus. I’m really hoping that Hood comes out a plays great, I think he has the potential to do so. He had a solid pre-season, albeit against 2nd and 3rd stringers.
    Steeler-hater…the teams only decent unit???? The offense if running circles around the defense as of late. Hopefully that won’t be a continuing trend, and by saying that I don’t want the offense slowing down, we need the defense to catch up.
    ——————————————–
    Their offense has been going up against opponents with poor defenses.
    Wait until they have to play against good defenses.
    They’ll be screwed…

  20. steeler-hater….The offense has been the one thing that has been relatively consistent all season. The run game has picked up the last 3 weeks. We could have had alot more impressive running stats this past week, but as Arians himself admitted, “He got greedy” in the 2nd half and became pass happy. Mendenhall had 60 yards in the first half. Whether you like him or not, Big Ben is playing damn good right now with the highest completion percentage in the league. I consider Tennessee, Chicago, and Cincinnati to all have above average defenses. The true test will come against Minnesota in 2 weeks. Please don’t act like the Steelers have been playing poor defenses all year b/c they have not.
    theroc5156….LOL, that’s all I can really say about that useless comment. Would you mind elaborating?? Notice how the Steelers don’t blame games on calls and blah blah blah…
    deadguy….this new does suck….bad. But the truth is that we don’t know what Hood can really do yet. Don’t discount the guy just yet. He’s quick and an “all go” type of guy. That’s something we didn’t have last time Big Aaron went out.

  21. Holeinone09 says:
    October 13, 2009 3:00 PM
    This is unfortunate. Yes, the last time Aaron went out the run D suffered. Hopefully, he won’t be out long.
    But, they won’t use the injury as an excuse. Others will have to step up. This will be a chance for Ziggy to get some playing time. And Troy will be back.
    If I can say one thing as a Bengals fan here, one thing I appreciate about Steelers fans (maybe the only thing) is that I didn’t here much about the Polamalu injury being an excuse for the loss to the Bengals. There are fans on every team who complain about crap like that, but I respect not using it as an excuse.
    On another note, the submission error does suck and bring the rating system back.

  22. @ Vox’s Mommy:
    What I meant is that any success they’ve had running so far was against poor rushing defenses, like San Diego’s.
    Against decent or good run defenses, like Tennessee’s they did nothing.
    Chances are, IF they somehow make the playoffs, they will have to face at least decent run defenses. And so far they haven’t fared well VS decent run defenses. They need to show they can run the football against strong rushing defenses. If they don’t, it seems unlikely they will all of a sudden start running better when (and IF) they make the post season…

  23. You GOTTA be kidding hater dude… the passing game has been carrying this team. There’s your outstanding “unit” moron.
    As for “needing to show they can run the football” go check the rushing averages the last couple of Super Bowl runs. You may be surprised what you find.
    The Steelers are now Ben’s team.

  24. Frank Burns says:
    October 14, 2009 12:46 PM
    You GOTTA be kidding hater dude… the passing game has been carrying this team. There’s your outstanding “unit” moron.
    As for “needing to show they can run the football” go check the rushing averages the last couple of Super Bowl runs. You may be surprised what you find.
    The Steelers are now Ben’s team.
    ——————————————
    lol!
    If that is true that they are now “Ben’s team” then they are in deep trouble. Guys like Sweed can’t even catch the ball!
    Don’t tell me you are so blind & myopic that you honestly believe Toothlessberger will be able to out-duel Tom Brady or Peyton Manning passing the ball?
    Come on… they need the running game to control the clock VS the high powered passing teams like the Patsys and the Colts.
    If the Squealers get into a high scoring affair VS either the Colts or Patsys, Zittsburgh will lose those games.
    Like it or not, “Toothy” ain’t in the same league as Manning or Brady. He’s just not. If he was, last year he wouldn’t have posted such lame TDs/INTs numbers last year. Remember… 17 TDs and 15 INTs?
    Those are hardly “elite” QB stats.
    Their defense is hurting, their running seems to only have success VS poor rushing defenses, and their kicking game has been a crap shoot.
    That’s why they are only 3-2. Given the fact they almost lost to a sorry-arse Lions team and how they would have lost to a suddenly bad Titans team had it not been for some bad calls and missed calls by the refs, they could easily be 1-4 right now. Heck, the only team they really beat was the Chargers and they hardly “dominated” them.
    You homers need to open your eyes. Your team is suffering key injuries now to a squad that wasn’t dominate back when it was healthy. What’s gonna happen if one of the cheap shot brothers (Ward or Harrison) gets hurt bad?
    Your whole season will be finished if that happens.
    As it stands, you guys need to worry about trying to beat out both Cincy and Baltimore. If you are in back of both of those teams, chances are you won’t even get a wild card.
    Time to get a little worried. This Steeler team doesn’t scare any of the NFL’s good teams anymore…

  25. hater….god…you really are a hater. The Steelers problems are not as serious as you claim. And other than the loss of A. Smith, they are all fixable with some minor tweeks here and there.
    Missed calls against the Titans?? Really?? Come on man…there’s missed calls in every game AGAINST and FOR every team. It’s part of the game! Limas catches that pass against the Bengals…we win. But he didn’t….So it goes (bet you won’t pick up on that reference). All of a sudden we are 4-1. The score of the Lions game can be attributed to Bruce Arians poor play calling. He himself admitted after the game he made poor decisions. We put the defense in that position in the end of the game. But we held them off b/c Lebeau finally dialed up some pressure. What happens? 3 sacks..game over.
    You claim we can easily be 1-4…we could also easily be 4-1. Maybe 5-0, if Santonio Holmes actually decided to catch the football in the Chicago game (I think he had approximately 6 drops, several for 3rd down conversions). But he didn’t….So it goes.
    The Steelers haven’t hit their stride yet, and I’m confident they will find it.
    As for your, and everyone elses, ongoing argument about Ben being one of the elites….our team isn’t built for that style of play (Indy and NE), so no, we probably wouldn’t win a shootout with one of those teams. Who said it would be a shootout anyway? Although you will continue to rant and ramble blindly about Ben, he’s playing great this year. Throw around stat, after stat, after useless stat all day. Give me a guy who wins the SB with 17TD’s and 15INT any day over a guy with 35TD and 9INT.
    Unfortunately the Steelers 3-2 record is reflective of a handful of poor plays and play calls rather than the teams overall quality of play this year. This is an honest question…I want to know…are you watching the Steelers games? Are you seeing the ones that aren’ t primetime? With a name such as steeler-hater, I wouldn’t expect that you would agree with me on a public forum, but if you’re watching all the games you know EXACTLY what I’m talking about. So it goes….

  26. @ vox’s mommy:
    Yeah, I’ve seen most of their games. And what I’ve saw was a team that isn’t dominating other teams they should be.
    They should have beaten the Lions like a drum. Instead, the Lions were inside the red zone late with a chance to tie the game. That is totally unacceptable.
    I saw them lose to the Bengals. Sure, Cincy looks to be improved but your team is supposed to be the defending champs.
    They lost to the Bears, which is the fault mostly of their offense not scoring more than 14 points.
    They nearly lost to the Lions, which I fault the defense for allowing the Lions to even get 20 points (they started Culpepper at QB, too!) and giving the Lions an opportunity to be in the red zone late in the game with a chance to send it into OT.
    They had to go into OT VS the Titans before they beat them, which I blame on their running game not producing. Had Tennessee’s kicker nailed those FGs he missed (like he would normally) the Steelers would have lost that game. Also, the Steelers were fortunate that the ref didn’t call the holding penalty Pittsburgh committed in their own end zone. Had the ref called it as he should have (it was right in front of him), the Titans would have gotten 2 more points plus the ball back in good field position after the Steelers free kick. But instead Pittsburgh was able to go down the field and score.
    Great teams dominate opponents. So far, the only team Pittsburgh has come close to “dominating” was San Diego and a 38-28 score is hardly dominating, especially at home.
    Right now, the Colts are a better team than yours. So are the Vikings, Saints, Broncos, Bengals, & Bears.
    Teams that look to be as good as (if not better than) Pittsburgh: Eagles, Ravens, Patsys, Falcons, and Giants.
    Your team cannot claim to be the best in the NFL right now. If they could, their record would definitely reflect that. The mere fact they struggled against the rebuilding Lions and a down-on-its-luck Titans team (at home) speaks volumes…

  27. I don’t recall ever claiming that the Steelers were the best. I clearly stated in my post that we ARE NOT playing great football right now, but I believe that time is yet to come.
    You completely ignored what I said about the Lions game with Bruce Arians playcalling. It was admittedly atrocious in the 2nd half of the game. And the Defense only allowed 13pts (the other 7 came from the pick 6 +extra point). The Lions had their lowest Yards per play average in the past 4 games against the Steelers. See above about Arians being a complete IDIOT in the 2nd half. I would have rather had Stafford in there any day over Culpepper! Let’s see, a rookie QB who’s been playin good but not great, going against a notoriously confusing defensive scheme…..or a veteran QB with a strong arm playing loose and aggressive b/c he has absolutely nothing to lose. I WANTED Stafford to play. I think Culpepper was the ONLY reason the Lions were in the game AT ALL.
    Ben had 360+ yards on the Titans in the first game! You can’t blame the close game on the running game. While it was horrible, the Titans are the #3 ranked rush defense in the league RIGHT NOW. Please don’t talk about holding penalties brother….PLEASE! How many times did James Harrison get practically tackled in that game??? I don’t remember the call you’re talking about…but if it did happen….well then, I consider that a “we’re even! ”
    The Cincy game, I give Cincy credit. They hung in and made the plays that mattered in the end. Like I said though…ONE PLAY (Limas Sweed) turns the outcome of this game the other way.
    Between Cincy and Chi-twon….I say Chicago was the only team that really “won” the game. We handed Cincy the game early with conservative play calling inside the 5yd line and a huge dropped pass (Sweed).
    I see your points….I really do. But I really think you’re digging way too deep to not give the Steelers any props at all. Granted, Scores obviously determine the outcome of the games. But Scores don’t always reflect what actually happened in the game. You, being a fan of whatever team that you for some reason refuse to claim (I think I know that reason), can attest to that.
    The Steelers aren’t playing “Top 5” football right now, and I don’t think they are one of the top 5 teams…..but they are certainly still top 10 despite their troubles. You say Denver is better….we play them later this year, we’ll see. We got the Vike’s in two weeks. And we’ll have Cincy again. Tell me we won’t be licking our chops for that rematch??? The season just started, 3-2 is not bad by any stretch of the imagination. It’s the matter at which we got to 3-2 that makes it seem so bad. Aaron Smith going out doesn’t make things easier, but these troubles will be addressed. Trust me….and watch.

  28. @Vox’s Mommy – there was way to analytical truth in you comments…are you trying to make Steeler-Hater’s little brain explode? LOL! He’s more worried about Steely McBeam, the Pirates, and hating.

  29. LOL…I hear President Charlie. He makes valid points….sort of, but they are easily countered with logic, statistics, truth, and the oh-so important fact that I’ve actually watched every second of every game. That helps LOL. I’m a die hard Steeler fan, but I have no problem at all pointing out the teams weaknesses and talking about where we need some improvement. He makes it out as we’re playing like the Chiefs! I just love to talk football….it doesn’t matter if that conversation entails me defending the Steelers, calling out their weaknesses, or gloating over their strengths. Any logical and two-sided conversation about football is fun. After a summer of nothing but Baseball on TV, football season is like 5 months straight of Christmas every Sunday.

  30. i’m president charlie! says:
    October 16, 2009 7:28 PM
    @Vox’s Mommy – there was way to analytical truth in you comments…are you trying to make Steeler-Hater’s little brain explode? LOL! He’s more worried about Steely McBeam, the Pirates, and hating.
    ———————————————–
    At least I have a brain, unlike you guys. You & the other homers here obviously don’t because you guys buy whatever BS your team is selling without any question.
    Like that total BS about being the most successful franchise in NFL history. What a crock that it. You clowns want everyone to believe the NFL wasn’t around before 1966 so you can claim your team has the most titles. But everyone knows the Packers have twice as many as the Squealers do. BTW, 6 titles in 76 years doesn’t make you a dominate team, history wise. Having 26 titles in 108 years (like the Yankees) is “dominate”. Having 17 titles in 63 years (like the Celtics) is “dominate”. Having 16 championships in 63 years (like the Lakers) is “dominate”. Having 24 titles in 100 years (like the Canadians) is “dominate”.
    The Squealers only have 6 titles in 76 seasons. Compared to what these other teams have done in their sports, Pittsburgh should have at least 12 titles to be even considered a “dominate” franchise. But they don’t. And why don’t they? Because their history has been vastly overrated by their blind fans…

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