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Tuitt out for game, Bush returns after scare

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Devin Bush is examined by a Steelers athletic trainer after suffering an injury against the Chargers in Carson, Calif. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

CARSON, Calif. -- UPDATE: Devin Bush returned to the game on the Steelers' first defensive series of the second half.

Original story follows:

The Steelers blitzed the Chargers early at Dignity Health Sports Park, taking a commanding 21-0 lead in the second quarter.

They paid a potentially steep price to get there, though. Stephon Tuitt went down with a pectoral injury early in the first and has been ruled out for the rest of the game. Later, in the second quarter, Devin Bush went down on the field with what appeared to be a foot/ankle injury. Bush was in clear and obvious pain on the field but eventually limped off with trainers, where they wrapped his left foot heavily.

It brought a sudden end to an otherwise spectacular game from Bush, who scored on a fumble recovery and picked off Philip Rivers in the first quarter. Tyler Matakevich replaced Bush on the series, as Mark Barron is out with a hamstring injury.

Meanwhile, Tuitt's been arguably the Steelers best, most consistent defender this season. He's tied for the team lead with 3.5 sacks, and he's added six quarterback hits, six tackles for a loss and 22 tackles (18 solo).

With Tuitt's injury, however, expect to see more from Tyson Alualu opposite Cam Heyward on the line, as well as more Javon Hargrave in nickel and dime sets. Rookie Isaiah Buggs, who would be next up in case of another injury, was a healthy scratch for the Sunday night contest against the Chargers.

Bush was spotted on the field after halftime warming up with his teammates, but his status has not been confirmed as of the second-half kickoff.

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