Bengals Punter Kevin Huber wasn’t having the best game of his career as the Bengals trailed the Steelers from the first quarter. Right after the Steelers first possession of the night, Huber got ready to punt from the 16-yard line.
But Huber was contacted close to the end zone by Steelers’ safety Will Allen. It was initially ruled to be a safety but due to the fact contact was made prior to the ball breaking the plane in the wrong direction, the Steelers got the ball at the Bengals 1-yard line.
From that play, Steelers’ running back, Le’Veon Bell, got the first touchdown of the game following two awesome plays. With about a minute and a half left in the first quarter, Bengals punter Huber kicked to Steelers receiver Antonio Brown who returned his punt for another touchdown.
Huber only partially saw the touchdown as Steelers linebacker Terence Garvin pummelled him with a nasty block to the face. The block itself was not flagged by the officials, but Huber was seen leaving the field with gauze in his mouth.
Initially it was thought that Huber had suffered some kind of dental injury. This was later confirmed when he was found to have a fractured jaw. He will be replaced in the short term by kicker Mike Nugent.
The game went down from there for the Bengals. The Steelers scored on each of their five possessions in the first half of the game and led 27-7 by the half time whistle. During the half the Steelers went 14-0 up when Brown scored a touchdown from Roethlisberger.
Just a minute later, and Brown returned a punt, which made the score 21-0. During the second quarter Suisham kicked field goals of 25 and 45 and the Steelers got their first score from running back Giovani Bernard’s 1-yard touchdown.
Bengals punter Kevin Huber won’t be returning to the field for a while, as the Bengals analyze what went wrong in their game against the Steelers which ended in a 30-20 defeat.