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Steelers drop preseason game to Redskins

Ben Roethlisberger completed 5 of 6 passes but also threw a pick-6, rookie running back Le’Veon Bell left with a right foot injury and the Steelers fell to the Redskins 24-13 in preseason football Monday night.

With excitement surrounding the Steelers preseason debut of rookie second-round pick, running back Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh looked to get out of the gates early, but after nine yards on four carries, Bell had to leave the game with a right foot injury.

Although Bell has had a strong training camp, he hasn’t been able to stay healthy and prove himself on the field, which could pose a problem for the Steelers when it comes to determining a starter in the backfield.

The second-round pick who was supposed to have the inside track on the up-for-grabs Steelers running back job, but hurt his right foot in the first quarter, another injury to go with the sore left knee that kept him out of Pittsburgh’s preseason opener.

He wasn’t the only player to go down with injury.

With Redskins starting quarterback Robert Griffin III sitting out while recovering from ACL surgery, Kirk Cousins – who is the backup to Griffin – left Monday’s game with a sprained right foot, an injury that occurred much like Griffin’s – at the end of a run.

Cousins started the game 2-for-3 for 19 yards before exiting with the foot injury.

Steelers counterpart Ben Roethlisberger went 5-for-6 for 66 yards before coming out of the game for backup Bruce Gradkowski.

Roethlisberger made a very costly mistake in the game – an interception to Redskins defensive end, Ryan Kerrigan, who returned it 22 yards for the first touchdown of the game, giving Washington a 7-0 lead.

Shaun Suisham added a 28-yard field goal to bring the Steelers within 7-3 before Leonard Hankerson made a highlight-reel one-handed touchdown catch from 10-yards out, giving Washington a 14-3 lead. Suisham would add a 30-yard field goal, bringing Pittsburgh within eight, 14-6.

The Steelers scored their first touchdown of the game at the 14:54 mark of the fourth quarter on a 10-yard touchdown pass from rookie Landry Jones to Derek Moye. Jones finished 9-for-22 for 111 yards and one touchdown, including a nice 45-yard pass to fellow rookie Markus Wheaton, who finished with three catches for 52 yards.

Jonathan Dwyer finished with 68 yards on 14 carries, but fumbled the ball away in the third quarter.

Washington’s Rex Grossman led all passers, going 10-for-16 for 133 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

The teams combined for seven turnovers, including three in a five-play sequence.

Pittsburgh will host Kansas City, Saturday at 7:30, while the Redskins will host Buffalo on Saturday at 4:30.

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