Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Keisel, Beachum may return for Steelers
By Scott Brown
PITTSBURGH -- The Steelers' playoff hopes can be listed as doubtful but at least they are relatively healthy.
Defensive end Brett Keisel (foot) and left tackle Kelvin Beachum (knee) will be limited in practice this week but each could play Sunday night against the visiting Bengals.
"We anticipate having most if not all of our guys available," coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday at his weekly news conference.
Keisel has played in just one of the Steelers' past four games -- and sparingly at that -- because of plantar fasciitis. Tomlin said the 12th-year veteran underwent an extensive workout on Monday and the Steelers will continue to monitor his progress.
Beachum, who sprained his knee in a 22-20 loss Baltimore on Thanksgiving night, will also push to return to action this week. The second-year man will likely be limited during the early part of the week, and even if Beachum is able to play he may not return to the starting lineup.
Tomlin said a decision on whether Beachum or Mike Adams starts at left tackle will hinge on how much the former is able to practice this week. Adams played his best game of the season in the Steelers’ 34-28 loss to the Dolphins after making his first start at left tackle since late September.
In other injury news, defensive end Ziggy Hood (ankle) and wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery (shoulder) will be limited in practice but both are expected to play Sunday.