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Pittsburgh Steelers: What Injured Starters Have Lost Their Jobs?
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It was back to Steelers football this past Sunday. A relatively balanced offensive attack paired with an aggressive defense was the perfect recipe for a blowout win.

What made the win even more impressive was that they did so without six starters. The offensive line was without Chris Kemoeatu and Jonathan Scott and running back Rashard Mendenhall only dressed so the Steelers could meet their gameday roster requirement.

Aaron Smith and Casey Hampton were absent from the defensive line, while star linebacker James Harrison missed the first of what should be several weeks following surgery to repair a fractured orbital bone.

All of a sudden, the defense got younger and the line went back to the future with the return of Max Starks.

Were the answers to all of the questions surrounding the Steelers as simple as a small roster turnover? On the surface, it seems the changes were for the good.

But should they be permanent changes?

Here is a look at which starters may have lost their jobs due to injury.

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