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Steelers' Shazier likely out for another game

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Steelers rookie linebacker Ryan Shazier is likely to miss a second consecutive game as the first-round draft pick works his way back from a sprained knee.

Shazier did not play in the Steelers’ 27-24 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after hurting his right knee in the third quarter the previous week at Carolina.

“We’ll get him moving in some form or fashion today to get an evaluation of his overall readiness, but I wouldn’t be too optimistic his participation,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday at his weekly news conference. “He’s a young guy from a health standpoint that [possibly] changes that.”

The Steelers came out of the Buccaneers game in good shape from an injury standpoint, a week after three of their defensive starters went down with injuries.

Outside linebacker Jarvis Jones (wrist) is on the injured reserve/designated for return list and is out for at least the next seven weeks. Cornerback Ike Taylor is out indefinitely after having surgery on his broken right forearm.

Arthur Moats started in place of Jones last Sunday at right outside linebacker, and Sean Spence filled in for Shazier at left inside linebacker. Brice McCain saw his first extensive action of the season, playing nickel back for William Gay, who started at right cornerback in place of Taylor.

Tomlin said he expects Moats, Spence and McCain “to take a significant jump” this Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars after getting a game to settle into their new roles.

“I thought they were adequate [against the Buccaneers], but I think they all could be better,” Tomlin said. “I expect them all to be better.”