Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Ramon Foster questionable for Jets game
By Scott Brown
PITTSBURGH -- Wednesday will be a telling day as far as whether or not the Steelers have to do more shuffling along the left side of their offensive line.
Left guard Ramon Foster is slated to practice at least on a limited basis when the Steelers don the pads in preparation for Sunday when they visit the New York Jets.
Foster is nursing a minor pectoral strain, and he said that pain tolerance will be the determining factor on whether he can play against the Jets.
The fifth-year veteran was limited in practuce on Monday. The players are off on Tuesday.
“What he’s capable of doing in pads is going to be critical,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said at his weekly news conference.
If Foster is unable to play against the Jets, Kelvin Beachum or Guy Whimper will start at left guard. Beachum is also a leading candidate to start at left tackle following the demotion of Mike Adams.
Beachum would be available to start at left guard if the Steelers go with recently acquired Levi Brown at left tackle.
Wide receiver Markus Wheaton (finger) is the only Steelers player who has been ruled out for Sunday.
In addition to Foster, inside linebacker Kion Wilson (hamstring) and safety DaMon Cromartie-Smith (hip) will be limited this week by injuries.
Tomlin made no mention of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, tight end Heath Miller or running back Le’Veon Bell when he provided an injury update.
Roethlisberger slightly dislocated the index finger on his throwing hand in the Steelers’ 34-27 loss to the Vikings on Sept. 29. The Steelers held him out of practice last week along with Miller (knee) and Bell (foot) as a precaution.
None of the three is expected to be limited in practice this week as the Steelers prepare for their 1 p.m. game against the Jets.