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Injuries haven’t helped. Right tackle Marcus Gilbert (shoulder), left tackle Jonathan Scott (ankle) and right guard Doug Legursky (wrist) all missed portions of the game after going down.

Gilbert, a rookie, was forced back into action after Scott went out in the fourth quarter and could remain there. Scott walked around Pittsburgh’s practice facility on Monday with a boot over his foot and is questionable at best for Sunday’s game at Houston (2-1).

Legursky could be out too, leaving the Steelers with just five active healthy linemen. Depth could come from the practice squad but it’s also possible the team could reach out to a free agent. Flozell Adams and Max Starks, both released by the team in the preseason as a cost-cutting measures, are still available.

The Steelers are hardly in panic mode after winning their second straight, but the lack of killer instinct and the inability to consistently protect Roethlisberger _ who narrowly missed a major knee injury against Seattle in Week Two _ is a concern.

“We just fight man, keep going,” said center Maurkice Pouncey. “We talked it up at halftime, looked over some stuff in there and went out and adjusted to a couple good things, played good and finished out with a W.”

One that required some late playmaking by Roethlisberger after the defense allowed Indianapolis quarterback Curtis Painter _ who came in with 83 career passing yards _ to drive the length of the field and tie the game at 20 with just over 2 minutes to go.

Yet the line that spent 58 minutes under attack found enough footing to give Roethlisberger time to engineer the game-winning drive.

For a team that knows it will be judged by January and not September, that’s all that matters.

“I like the resiliency of our guys, the way they fought back until the end and take the game-winning field goal down to the end,” Ward said. “It was encouraging.”