Not only did the Colts (5-6) drop a 28-7 decision to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday with quarterback Andrew Luck on the sideline due to a concussion he sustained Sunday in a victory against the Tennessee Titans, but the Colts lost five more starters to injury during the Thanksgiving game.
Cornerback Vontae Davis (groin), right guard Denzelle Good (shoulder), linebacker Robert Mathis (elbow), wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (back) and center Ryan Kelly (shoulder) all sustained injuries during the first three quarters and did not return to action.
"We are a beat-up football team right now, but we have some time to get some guys back and move forward," Colts coach Chuck Pagano said.
--After having his streak of 44 consecutive made field goals broken Sunday, Indianapolis kicker Adam Vinatieri missed again Thursday night, this time from 52 yards with 4:08 remaining in the first quarter and the Colts trailing 7-0.
That was the only time the Colts attempted a field goal Sunday, twice opting to try to score a touchdown on fourth-and-goal from the Steelers 1-yard line, failing each time.
--Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown caught five passes for 91 yards, including touchdown receptions of 25, 33 and 22 yards from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who completed 70 percent of his passes without an interception against the Colts.
"No. 84 (Brown) is one of the great talents in this league," Pagano said. "We knew we could not let him have a big game."
Brown said, "It's definitely amazing doing it on Thanksgiving. I'm extremely grateful for the opportunity to be able to catch three touchdowns in a game. It's an honor playing with Ben. He's always putting me in a great position, making some great throws, and grateful to do it on a great stage like this and it felt even better to get a win."
--By winning twice on the road in five days, the Steelers now are 3-3 away from Heinz Field with a Dec. 11 trip to Buffalo and a Dec. 18 trip to Cincinnati remaining on the road schedule.