Redskins' punter Sav Rocca took some heat on Sunday after an up-and-down punting day which included a 12-yard punt, but it turns out Rocca has been playing through a torn meniscus in his right knee, according to Grant Paulsen.
Rocca originally injured the knee prior to the Redskins Week 7 game against the New York Giants. He was questionable to play against the Giants, but was listed as a full participant in all three practices last week and was probable against Pittsburgh. Rocca is averaging 43.5 yards per punt this season, but that number has dropped to 36.8 since the injury.
While Riley should play against Carolina, the Redskins will likely be without wide receiver Pierre Garcon who continues to recover from a ruptured ligament in his toe. Garcon has missed five games this season and head coach Mike Shanahan said he isn't likely to play until after the team's Week 10 bye week.
Roethlisberger threw three touchdowns and completed 24 passes for 222 yards in the victory. Because of injuries, Jonathan Dwyer was once again called on to lead the Pittsburgh running game and he did, carrying 17 times for 107 yards.
Washington's offense hurt itself a number of times, setting a season-high with 10 dropped passes on the day.
Robert Griffin III was 16 for 34 passing for 177 yards and one touchdown. The Redskins' running attack never got much going against the Steelers' defense, with Alfred Morris carrying 13 times for just 59 yards. Griffin II was held in check on the ground as well, only picking up eight yards on six carries.
The only touchdown of the game for the Redskins came in the second quarter on a 2-yard touchdown pass from Griffin III to Santana Moss. The ensuing extra point by Kai Forbath was blocked.
Forbath made both of his field goal attempts for Washington, splitting the uprights from 48 and 45 yards.
Washington falls to 3-5 on the season while Pittsburgh improves to 4-3. With the victory, the Steelers are still a perfect 3-0 on the year at home.
Fantasy studs/duds: Fantasy owners who started Ben Roethlisberger will certainly be happy with his three touchdowns and 222 yards. Robert Griffin III, despite the loss, continued to be a strong fantasy scorer, throwing for 177 yards and a touchdown. While Alfred Morris has been one of the league's leading rushers, his fantasy owners were hurt on Sunday by his 59-yard, no touchdown performance. For everything fantasy related, visit SB Nation's Fantasy Footbal page.
Odds/Gambling: The Steelers were 4.5-point favorites at home and easily covered that spread. To see more spreads and odds from around the league, visit SB Nation's NFL Odds page.
Injury info: Pittsburgh's Ryan Clark left the game in the second half with a concussion and did not return.
Next team on the schedule: The Redskins will host the Carolina Panthers next week at 1 p.m. ET. Pittsburgh will go on the road in Week 9, travelling to face the New York Giants at 4:25 p.m. ET.
Robert Griffin III and the Washington offense have been stifled by the Pittsburgh defense, picking up just 109 yard in the first half. The Redskins have also self-inflicted some of the damage, already dropping six passes in the first half.
Washington got on the board by going for it on 4th-and-goal early in the second quarter, with Griffin III hitting Santana Moss in tight coverage for a 2-yard touchdown pass. Kai Forbath's extra point was blocked, making the score 10-6 Pittsburgh at the time.
The Steelers' offense moved the ball well against the Redskins' defense in the first half, picking up 234 yards and and scoring on four of their five drives. Ben Roethlisberger threw two touchdowns, a 1-yarder to Leonard Pope and a 7-yarder to Heath Miller, in the first half while completing 16 of 23 passes for 173 yards. Pittsburgh added a pair of field goals by Shaun Suisham, from 48 and 27 yards.
Griffin III was held to 5-for-13 passing for 58 yards in the first half.
Washington will receive the ball to begin the second half.
The Steelers opened the scoring on their first drive when they elected to go for it on 4th-and-goal from the 1-yard line and converted. Ben Roethlisberger faked a hand-off and rolled out right before hitting Leonard Pope for the game's first touchdown.
Later, Shaun Suisham split the uprights for a 48-yard field goal on the Steelers' second drive to extend the lead to 10-0.
Washington was forced to punt on their first drive, but has the ball in deep in Pittsburgh territory to begin the second quarter.
The Redskins come into Week 8 with a 3-4 record on the year. They are looking to bounce back from last week's late loss to the New York Giants. The Steelers are 3-3 after beating the Cincinnati Bengals a week ago and have not lost a home game yet this season.