Locker Room Buzz: Pittsburgh Steelers

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Observed in the locker room after the Pittsburgh Steelers21-18 loss to the Oakland Raiders:

Taking the blame: Give Shaun Suisham credit for one thing: the veteran kicker at least answered questions after his two misses from inside of 35 yards cost the Steelers dearly. “We would have won the football game today if I was better,” said Suisham, who entered the game 14-of-14 on field-goal attempts and made a 47-yard before his two misses.

On the mend: David DeCastro, on the other hand, did not feel like talking and cut a postgame interview short after just two questions. DeCastro’s pain emanated from more than just the Steelers’ loss. The right guard hurt his right ankle in the third quarter and did not return to the game. He and Guy Whimper (knee) are slated to get MRIs after the Steelers return to Pittsburgh.

Demoralizing loss: He had almost a hurt look in his eyes and his voice was softer than usual, which is saying something for strong safety Troy Polamalu. It was also telling about the number of opportunities the Steelers squandered in falling to 2-5. “I guess maybe that makes it more disappointing,” Polamalu said. “They made more plays, their defense played better than we did.”