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Rookie tackle Chris Scott was activated from the physically unable to perform list. He broke a foot while working out during the summer and missed training camp.

“I hope we can stabilize things and nobody else gets hurt,” Essex said. “It’s like, man, we’re really going through a lot on the offensive line. … It’s been tough, but a lot of credit goes to coach Kugler. He came in and got us prepared right away, gave all the guys reps at different positions. People were prepared to play a lot of different positions.”

Pittsburgh was already without one of its top defensive linemen, Aaron Smith, who tore his left triceps tendon on Oct. 24 at Miami and could miss the rest of the season.