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Running the ball would help take some of the pressure off, but the Steelers haven’t exactly lit it up on the ground. They abandoned the run in the season opener against Baltimore after falling behind and had similar trouble against the Seahawks, running for only 16 times for 30 yards in the second half, forcing them to rely on Roethlisberger’s arm to run out the clock.

“I thought we had some movement there in the first half, running the football on (Gilbert‘s) side,” Tomlin said. “I thought we could have run the ball better in the second half. We all bear the responsibility for that.”

Gilbert’s performance, however, was likely enough to earn another shot. The Steelers opted to give him the first crack at replacing injured veteran Willie Colon rather than pursue a free agent. He wasn’t perfect, but then again neither was the rest of the line.

The Steelers scored just two touchdowns on four possessions when they got the ball inside the Seattle 5. The Seahawks stuffed Rashard Mendenhall on fourth down in the first quarter and made Pittsburgh settle for a Shaun Suisham field goal at the end of the first half right after Roethlisberger went down.

“It’s just one of those things where we’ve got to cover our man up front and make some gaps for Rashard and those guys in those situations,” Foster said.

Roethlisberger grew impatient in the third quarter, audibling out of a run at the Seattle 2 in the third quarter and lobbing a pass to Mike Wallace for a touchdown instead.

Ben just made a play like he always does,” Foster said.

And the Steelers won their home opener, like they always do. Roethlisberger’s knee will be OK, though the scare provided a teaching moment for Gilbert and his linemates.

“Keep (Roethlisberger) up and he’ll make plays,” Gilbert said. “Ben is going to hold the ball as long as he can to find and make plays. It’s great to have a quarterback like that who is pretty tough.”