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Steelers' Ramon Foster eyes Sunday return

PITTSBURGH – Pittsburgh Steelers left guard Ramon Foster expects to play Sunday after missing the last two games because of an ankle injury.

Foster practiced Wednesday, putting the sixth-year veteran on track to play against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Of course, Foster practiced fully last Wednesday and Thursday but didn’t play in the Steelers’ 27-24 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after coach Mike Tomlin made a pregame decision to sit him for another week.

“Personally I thought I could have [played],” Foster said, “but it’s one of those things where it was a little too early in the season to push it like that. We’ve got a long way before the bye week so it was better to rest it than to push it.”

Foster said he does not feel any pressure to get back onto the field with the Steelers at .500 at the quarter point of the season.

“We’re not going to put Ike [Taylor] back out there because we’re 2-2,” Foster said with a laugh.

Taylor is out indefinitely as he recovers from a broken forearm and linebacker Ryan Shazier is expected to miss his second consecutive game because of a sprained knee.

Neither practiced Wednesday and outside linebacker James Harrison (illness) and wide receiver Martavis Bryant (illness) also missed drills. Offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert (ankle) and wide receiver Markus Wheaton (groin) were limited in practice.

Wide receivers Cecil Shorts (hamstring) and Marqise Lee (hamstring) didn’t practice Wednesday for the Jaguars. Also out for Jacksonville were cornerback Dwayne Gratz (concussion) and tight end Mickey Shuler (illness).