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Loss of Shaun Suisham hurts Steelers but shouldn't alter plans for contention

With multiple reports saying Shaun Suisham has suffered a torn ACL -- what a way to open the preseason -- the Pittsburgh Steelers will be a little uneasy about getting three points, at least early on.

Especially offensive coordinator Todd Haley, who wants more red zone production.

Replacing a 29-for-32 success rate from a year ago is difficult with any kicker off the street. A few options are available, including Billy Cundiff, who knows AFC North weather after stops in Baltimore and Cleveland, and Shayne Graham. Rookie Sam Ficken comes to mind. He's available.

If the Steelers had a middle-of-the-road offense, this would be more worrisome. But they don't. They have a top offense. The Steelers frequently work on red zone offense in camp. They want to get that part right. Last year's 19th-ranked success rate of 51.72 percent wasn't nearly good enough.

Now they just have more incentive to get seven points instead of three.

Suisham is a good kicker, but if you listed the top 10 most valuable Steelers, he's probably not in the top five. Maybe a fringe top-10 guy.

The Steelers can survive this.