UPDATE: The Steelers announced at the start of the second half that Sanders will not return because of his foot injury.
Several first-quarter injuries for the Steelers could play a role in the outcome of Super Bowl XLV.
Rookie WR Emmanuel Sanders limped off the field on two occasions following his 13-yard reception during the second quarter. He appeared to hit his knee hard on the Cowboys Stadium turf. Sanders was visibly upset when he left the field the second time, and he was carted off the sideline a short time later.
The Steelers earlier announced that CB Bryant McFadden (hip) and RT Flozell Adams (left shoulder) were questionable to return because of injuries, but both came back in the game after brief absences.
Also keep an eye on the status of QB Ben Roethlisberger, who came up gimpy following an incomplete pass late during the first quarter. Roethlisberger wasn’t touched on the play, but he was testing his left leg when he got to his feet. His 18-yard scramble on the next play might alleviate any concerns, though.