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Steelers lose defensive starters Taylor, Shazier, Jones against Carolina to injuries

  • Carolina Panthers' Kelvin Benjamin (13) runs as Pittsburgh Steelers' Ike Taylor (24) wraps him up and Troy Polamalu (43) closes in during the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)

    Carolina Panthers' Kelvin Benjamin (13) runs as Pittsburgh Steelers' Ike Taylor (24) wraps him up and Troy Polamalu (43) closes in during the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)  (The Associated Press)

  • Carolina Panthers' Kelvin Benjamin (13) is brought down by Pittsburgh Steelers' Ike Taylor during an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/The Star, Ben Earp)

    Carolina Panthers' Kelvin Benjamin (13) is brought down by Pittsburgh Steelers' Ike Taylor during an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/The Star, Ben Earp)  (The Associated Press)

  • Carolina Panther's Kelvin Benjamin (13) is brought down by the Steelers' Ike Taylor during an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/The Star, Ben Earp)

    Carolina Panther's Kelvin Benjamin (13) is brought down by the Steelers' Ike Taylor during an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/The Star, Ben Earp)  (The Associated Press)

Pittsburgh cornerback Ike Taylor and linebackers Ryan Shazier and Jarvis Jones left the Steelers' game Sunday night against Carolina because of injuries.

Taylor was injured in the third quarter when he made a break on a pass play and was hit on his right arm by teammate Lawrence Timmons, who was converging on the tackle. Trainers immediately rushed to Taylor's side and put an air cast on his arm.

Earlier, Shazier left with a right knee injury. Jones left with a right wrist injury in the second half and will not return.

For the Panthers, running back Jonathan Stewart was taken to the locker room with a right knee contusion. His return is questionable.

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