Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Shaun Suisham suffered a torn ACL in the team’s preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. The 33-year-old veteran is expected to undergo surgery on his left knee and will most likely miss the rest of the 2015 NFL season.
Suisham has been with the Steelers since the 2010 season and has been their No. 1 place kicker ever since. He has also played for the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins in previous stints. Suisham is one of only two players in NFL history to register four field goals of 40 yards or longer in a single game, doing it twice in his career.
Last year, Suisham’s contract with the Steelers was extended for another four years or until the 2018 season. For his entire NFL career, Suisham has an 84.1 percent success rate on field goals or 211 of 251 field goals, never missing from under 19 yards and missing just three from 20 to 29 yards. Last season, he made 29 of 32 field goal attempts or 90.6 percent.
The Steelers lost to the Vikings, 14-3, in their first preseason game and will face the Jacksonville Jaguars, Green Bay Packers, Buffalo Bills and Carolina Panthers to finish their preseason schedule.
Pittsburgh opens the new NFL season against the New England Patriots, who will be without starting quarterback Tom Brady.