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Cardinals linebacker Alex Okafar emerged from Sunday's win with a calf strain, which will keep him out for a month, Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports.
The recovery timetable signifies the Cardinals' hope, but they will exercise caution with one of the primary pass rushers. With a number of injuries befalling the linebacker ranks in Arizona -- reserve Kenny Demens suffered a torn ACL on Sunday -- the team inked Dwight Freeney to a veteran minimum deal, though LaMarr Woodley and Markus Golden could be the immediate beneficiaries of available snaps.
Steelers safety Will Allen won't return to Monday's game at San Diego due to a left ankle injury, Chris Adamski of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Allen sustained the ailment in the first quarter, but not before recording two solo tackles to bring his season-long line to 31 tackles (26 solo), one interception, and one sack. In his stead, Robert Golden took over at strong safety.
Roethlisberger has a timetable of 4-6 weeks, which is typical for a sprained MCL. The concern is that he's also dealing with a nasty bone bruise that might actually take longer to heal than the sprain. However, recovery from the bone bruise is largely about pain management, and Roethlisberger's on-field toughness is beyond reproach.
Shazier was able to practice Thursday and Friday, but it appears as if he will need at least one more week until he returns to the field. The former first-round pick hasn't been able to play since Week 2, so his practice status will be worth monitoring next week.