The Steelers lined up at the Bengals 24-yard line on first down with 1:58 remaining in the first half during a 16-play field goal drive that essentially ended the first half.
Leon Hall lined up near the right sidelines, seven yards off wide receiver Antonio Brown. Mike Zimmer's call gave Hall the assignment of covering the short zone near the sidelines, allowing Brown to release upfield while picking up Rashard Mendenhall, who lined up in the left slot, in the flats.
The Steelers running back released off the line of scrimmage and immediately ran towards the sidelines, angling upfield as he neared the out of bounds marker. Leon Hall broke on Mendelhall's initial out route, coming up lame and collapsing just as Jerricho Cotchery scored a 24-yard touchdown (that was later reversed due to Heath Miller's offenisve pass interference).
Hall's season ended on that play, reportedly tearing his Achilles.
Once the team officially places Hall on Injured Reserve, it opens a spot on the 53-man roster. The general belief since Sunday night has been that Brandon Ghee, currently on the team's practice squad, will get the promotion at some point this week. An outside shot remains that the team could sign someone off the streets, but it was a theory that grows distant considering that the players that would be available are hardly guys that no team wanted two nearly three months deep into the 2011 regular season. And it's highly doubtful that the team would sign someone that wasn't game-ready by Baltimore next week.
According to Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Brandon Ghee's agent is tweeting that Ghee has been called up from the team's practice squad on Monday.
Ghee, a third-round draft pick by the Bengals during the 2010 NFL draft, played six games during his rookie season, placed on Injured Reserve on December 8 due to a groin injury suffered against the Buffalo Bills on November 21. He failed to make the 53-man roster this year, signing onto the practice squad once he cleared waivers after final cuts.