With two minutes left in the first half of the game between the Arizona Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Cardinals have suffered an injury to one of their most important players. Running back Beanie Wells has left the field to go to the locker room with a right knee injury. The first reports are that it is a sprained right knee.
With his absence, Alfonso Smith got the carries in his place and scored the first touchdown of his young career.
So far, Wells had 42 yards rushing on 12 carries. The status for his return is unknown.
If he is unable to return this game, it will be a big blow unless Smith can step up and make a huge contribution. With the Steelers playing their third-string defensive tackle because of injuries to Casey Hampton and Chris Hoke, most are expecting success in the running game for the Cardinals.
We will likely know more after halftime.