PITTSBURGH -- The offensive line could be intact Sunday when the Steelers visit the Patriots.
Left guard Ramon Foster has been cleared to return to action after getting knocked out of the Steelers’ 21-18 loss at Oakland with a concussion. Right guard David DeCastro left the game in the third quarter with an ankle injury, but coach Mike Tomlin has not ruled out the second-year man playing in the 4:25 p.m. ET game at Gillette Stadium.
Guy Whimper, who took over at left guard after Foster left the game, is OK after hyperextending his knee against the Raiders.
If DeCastro is unable to play at New England, Whimper or Cody Wallace would likely start at right guard. Tomlin strongly indicated that the Steelers will not move Kelvin Beachum from left tackle and start Mike Adams there if DeCastro is sidelined on Sunday.
“We like what Beachum’s doing at left tackle, but we’ll deal with that as it comes up,” Tomlin said Tuesday at his weekly news conference. “We’re still not resigned to the fact that DeCastro’s not going to play [against the Patriots]. We’re going to give him an opportunity to do so.”
In other injury news, rookie wide receiver Markus Wheaton is getting his broken right pinkie evaluated by doctors, and Tomlin had not ruled out his return this week. Wheaton, the team’s third-round draft pick last April, has missed the past three games.
Inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons is still working through a broken left hand, but Tomlin doesn’t expect it to limit him this week. Nose tackle Steve McLendon is also expected to be fine after the Steelers sent him home on Monday because of an illness.